For decades, Cancun, on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, has been a staple destination for Americans looking for a nearby tropical beach getaway. Even though Cancun is synonymous with ‘spring break’ and the positive or negative associations connected to that term, it is definitely a worthwhile vacation spot for all who are craving the sun, white sand beach, and aquamarine-colored water. 

Travelers will find that there is something for everyone, including families with children, and that there is a reason this special place is frequented by so many visitors. Whether it is to party, relax, or explore, Cancun has everything you need and below are the places you can count on to do just that.

1 — JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

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An inviting location of quiet luxury, JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is where you can relax, explore, or even conduct meetings in a spacious and upscale setting. With all of the amenities and services needed for any aspect of a beachfront trip, you will be more than satisfied whether you prefer to stay on the resort property or venture around the region to discover ancient Mayan ruins.

Highlights—private beach, multiple restaurants & bars, fitness center, sauna, indoor & outdoor pools, jet-skiing, tennis, family & children’s activities, spa & treatment services, theater-style conference venue, weddings & occasions

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2 — Live Aqua Cancun

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A fully-renovated, adults-only La Colección resort located on a perfect beach setting, Live Aqua Cancun offers an experience to unwind. If relaxing is not the top priority, there are plenty of options for sun-filled activities on the Riviera Maya and nearby areas. 

Highlights—private beach, pools, spa, events & weddings, luxury rooms & suites

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3 — Secrets the Vine Cancun Resort & Spa

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When you blend a modern and chic design with the backdrop of the Yucatan Peninsula you get the adults-only, all-inclusive resort of Secrets the Vine Cancun Resort & Spa. A sophisticated location that offers a world-class experience filled with an abundance of recreational activities. 

Highlights—turtle release program, wine tasting, dance lessons, deep-sea fishing, live musical performances & shows, multiple pools, championship golf courses, fitness center, gourmet dining at an array of restaurants offering local and international cuisine

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4 — Nizuc Resort & Spa

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In Cancun and in contrast to the stereotype of the spring break spot is a luxury location, Nizuc Resort & Spa, that offers exceptional amenities and experiences. The images from this hotel are considered one of the most instagrammable hotels in the world making it an enviable property to its competitors and a must-visit for beachgoers. 

Highlights—first ESPA branded spa in the Mexican Caribbean, luxury villas, gourmet dining and culinary classes, all sorts of water sport activities, lounges and pools, live Cuban jazz, yacht excursions, cigar rolling, Peter Burwash international tennis program 

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5 — Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun

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The lavish accommodations were designed to be an adults-only, all-inclusive resort set on a white sand beach in Cancun, one of Mexico’s most iconic hotspots. The luxury service you receive at this oasis will keep you refreshed long after you have returned home and awaiting your next visit. 

Highlights—in-room jacuzzi, fine dining, top-shelf drinks, personalized butler service, e-concierge, hydrotherapy, tours, fitness center, spa

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6 — The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

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Occupying one of the finest beaches on the Yucatan Peninsula, The Ritz-Carlton Cancun is a five-star hotel that offers a luxury experience in a tropical destination. Set along the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, you will find all of the sophisticated amenities and services you can expect from The Ritz-Carlton brand combined with the region’s rich cultural legacy.  

Highlights—nine dining experiences, spa, outdoor pools & whirlpool, interactive kids program, fitness facilities, tennis center, convention center, business center, personalized wedding consultant

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7 — Hyatt Ziva Cancun

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An all-inclusive resort catered to families, Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a perfect escape to the white sand beach of the beautiful Punta Cancun strip. A playground for both adults and kids, it offers luxurious accommodations and amenities along with all of the activities you can indulge in on a tropical beach vacation. 

Highlights—eight unique restaurants, three lounges, six bars and a microbrewery, spa with a hydrotherapy circuit, pools, watersport excursions, fitness facilities, teen-only lounge & club, kids club, daily activities, live entertainment

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8 — Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun

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An all-inclusive luxury experience with unparalleled service and exquisite attention to detail, Grand Fiesta Americana offers the very best of Cancun. Whether you are there for romance, fun, to relax, to celebrate, to work, or just to taste the local fare, this spa and resort has all of your needs covered.

Highlights—spa, marina, kids club, various restaurants & bars, weddings & events, virtual planner, exclusive club offers 

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9 — Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun

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Located in the heart of the hotel district, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun is an all-inclusive hotel perched on the iconic white sand beach of Cancun. This location offers cultural, artistic, and sports activities for the entire family with world-class service.

Highlights—pools, beachfront access, luxury suites, spa, gift shop, weddings & events, meetings

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