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Cancún is a long and narrow landmass surrounded by water that was created exclusively for tourism back in 1970. On one side is a long strip of hotels, traditional resorts, and massive all-inclusive resorts, which are all located right on the beach. Cross the street, and you’ll find hundreds of chain restaurants, plus dozens of shopping centers, attractions, nightclubs, and small malls that go on for miles.

Cancun Neighborhoods

El Centro

The heart of Cancún, this area caters to wallet watching tourists with its moderately priced hotels and open air markets where bargaining is fair game. It also has a bustling nightlife and restaurant scene.

Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone)

Featuring the most posh and amenity-laden hotels the city offers, this district has one major street, the palm-tree-lined Boulevard Kukulcan, as well as a bevy of upscale shopping malls.

Punta Sam

North of the main city, this district has a sprinkling of hotels and restaurants and is perfect for vacationers looking for a quiet beach getaway. El Centro is a 20-minute cab ride away.

Puerto Cancún

Currently under development, this will be a massive, 800-acre marina that will soon be home to additional hotels and resorts, as well as a championship golf course, park, and residential housing/condos. It’s located north of the Hotel Zone and airport, adjacent to Downtown Cancún. It’s being referred to as a city within a city.

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