Cancun has more than 32,000 hotel rooms. Accommodations range from lavish resorts to high-rise hotels to more modest lodgings. Condominiums, time-shares and all-inclusive resorts are abundant in Cancun and along the coast, but there are few budget offerings, except in the urban downtown areas. Be aware that as new hotels go up—and upscale travelers flock to them—the quality of others often deteriorates.
Many of the newer resorts lie south of the 10-kilometer mark, where the surf tends to be rougher. These properties, however, are closer to the airport. New resorts have gone up north of downtown Cancun in Playa Mujeres, in downtown itself and south of the airport.
Prices fluctuate according to the season: Mid-December to mid-April is high season, with peak times at Christmas and the New Year. In general, rooms in downtown Cancun are almost always more reasonable than those at the beach, but beachfront hotels may offer specials that make them the better deal. Many hotels in Cancun offer air and hotel packages that lower costs significantly.
All-inclusive resorts dominate; however, visitors can also find hotels that offer a European plan (room only) or prices that include a continental breakfast.
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