One of the most popular beachfront resort destinations on the planet, Cancun is well-known all over the globe and attracts millions of visitors each year. This city is situated on the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. Looking out over the warm, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Cancun is home to long stretches of soft, white sand and amazing 5-star resorts. It's a city that has seen enormous growth in recent years, with the population having nearly quintupled since 1990. For reference, the population of Cancun in 1990 was around 167,000 and is now close to 750,000. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


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As well as being home to some astonishing beaches and being a perfect spot for sunbathing, water sports, sandy strolls, admiring the sunset, and snorkeling due to the nearby coral reef, Cancun is also home to some amazing Mayan ruins and historical sites like El Rey, El Meco, and El Castillo, with the likes of Chichen Itza, Coba, and Muyil not too far away as well. The city is also the home of some amazing restaurants, bars, and shopping areas like La Isla Shopping Village. So, whether you're heading there to lie back and relax on the beach, explore some ancient ruins, do some shopping, or head out into the warm water for a little swimming and snorkeling, Cancun is a super spot to visit.

Many people worry about the cost of accommodation in Cancun, with the area being known for its expensive resorts and 5-star hotels, but there are ways to save money on your Cancun vacation. One of the best ways to cut down your costs is to stay in a hostel. As well as the many hotels and fancy resorts, you can find several great hostels all around Cancun offering comfortable dorms and private rooms at low prices. Read on to learn all about a few of the best hostels in Cancun.

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2.Hostel Ka'beh Cancun

Hostel Ka'beh Cancun
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One of the top rated hostels in Cancun is Hostel Ka'beh Cancun. Like most hostels in Cancun, Hostel Ka'beh Cancun is located a little further inland than the main beachfront resorts and properties of this city, but it's still only a couple of miles away from the main Cancun Beach, so you can head out and relax on the sand with ease. You'll also find plenty of good amenities nearby, with plenty of food vendors, restaurants, shops, and more within walking distance, and the main bus station only 5 minutes away as well.

The Hostel Ka'beh Cancun offers both dorms and private rooms to suit all types of guest. The rooms are simple but feature good quality beds and furnishings to provide a nice degree of comfort for everyone. You'll also find a nice outdoor patio space with relaxing hammocks to hang out with your fellow travelers, along with a spacious communal lounge featuring TV and musical instruments.

Alcatraces 45, Mz10, L26, Supermanzana 22, 77500 Cancún, Phone: +52-99-88-92-79-02

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3.Hostel Quetzal

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Situated not too far from the Hostel Ka'beh Cancun is the Hostel Quetzal, another excellent hostel for visitors to Cancun. A mere two minutes away from the popular Parque de las Palapas, this hostel is about two and a half miles away from the beaches of Cancun, and you can rely on public transport or ride shares to get down to the warm waters and soft sands of the city, so it's a good hostel to choose in terms of location. You'll also find plenty of decent bars and shops nearby, so there's always a lot of things to see and do.

Hostel Quetzal is also one of the most fully-featured hostels in the Cancun area. Offering a lot of fun for young people in particular, this hostel has its own swimming pool, complete with poolside bar, and also offers a relaxing rooftop terrace area with lots of comfortable hammocks to hang out in with your friends and fellow travelers. The rooms and dorms are nicely decorated with plenty of bright colors and eye-catching patterns, and the hostel provides free breakfasts and free Wi-Fi service too.

Calle Orquideas 10, 22, 77500 Cancún, Phone: +52-99-88-84-03-98

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4.Hostel Natura

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If you actually want to be down on the beaches of Cancun and soak up that sunshine on the city's soft sands, the Hostel Natura is one of the top spots to check out. This is a really popular hostel that stands out for its amazing location in the Hotel Zone (Zone Hotelera). This means you're right in the heart of the action, with the same easy access to the beaches and the Isla shopping area as all the people in the fancy 5-star resorts.

The Hostel Natura provides both shared and private rooms, also offering free Wi-FI and free parking for all guests. Pets are also allowed at this hostel if you happen to be traveling with a furry friend, and the whole place is nicely air conditioned, offering a cool, welcoming retreat from the hot Mexican sun. You'll find bright, airy rooms here and the option of enjoy a free breakfast each morning if you need it from the hostel's cafe and dining area.

Blvd. Kukulcan Km 9.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Phone: +52-99-88-83-08-87

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5.Mayan Monkey Cancun Hostel

Mayan Monkey Cancun Hostel
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Located in a great spot near plenty of bars and restaurants, while still only being around 2-3 miles from the best beaches of Cancun, the Mayan Monkey Cancún Hostel is another very popular hostel location with a lot of great facilities and features that have proven popular with past guests. This hostel has received plenty of 5-star reviews in the past, and it's easy to see why.

The Mayan Monkey Cancún Hostel provides a very warm welcome for all guests and immediately catches the eye with a large monkey mural painted on the side of the building. You'll find both private rooms and dorms with pod style beds in this hostel, all furnished to a good standard. You'll also be able to enjoy an amazing rooftop bar area, which is just perfect for groups of friends to hang out in the evenings, along with a good-sized swimming pool, plenty of sun lounges on the sun deck, and more.

Av Carlos Nader 2A, 2A, 77500 Cancún, Phone: +52-99-82-17-53-32

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More Ideas in Mexico: Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo is a pleasant fishing village that provides visitors with a safe and familiar environment in which to explore. The main attraction of the village is the highly protected and beautiful bay, located only a few kilometers away from the main area of hotels. The peaceful and clear waters of the nearby bay are a great place for some relaxation and fun.

A mountain range surrounds the Ixtapa area in Zihuatanejo, descending down towards the sea and framing the wonderful town. Visitors to the area can enjoy the traditional ambiance and tranquil setting that the many beaches provide to people for relaxation and a day in the sun. Visitors will also find other, more active, activities at and around the beaches, such as bird watching or sport fishing. Tasting a fish that couldn’t possibly be fresher is a great way to end a day at the beach as well.

A walk through Zihuatanejo’s downtown area allow travelers a chance to see and appreciated the sidewalks, terracotta streets, and the traditional wooden roofs, also known as tejabanes, that are unique to the city. There are also plenty of opportunities for some shopping in downtown Zihuatanejo. Visitors can peer into the shops of silversmiths and craft shops, as well as the boutique shops and the market. People may be delighted and surprised by what they find in these shops.

A stroll down the city’s Fishermen’s Walk, as well as the fishing pier, will give visitors a look into the daily lives of the locals who live in Zihuatanejo. Here, friends come to chat, go fishing off the pier, and eat fresh delicious seafood. The city has a great gastronomy scene for a fishing village, serving a variety of seafood, as you would imagine. A delicious seafood dish is a great way to end any day. An array of dishes can be enjoyed, such as amazing shrimp tacos, pescado a la talla, or red Zihuatanejo clams. One of the most well known dishes in the area are the Zihuatanejo tiritas, a famous seafood dish of the city that consists of fish sliced into thin strips, then marinated in lemon with spicy green chili peppers and red onion.

Zihuatanejo’s small bay features a number beaches that have moderate, gentle waves. The main beach of the bay of Zihuatanejo is the Port Beach, which stretches over 1,200 feet. The beach is located next to the main fishing pier in the downtown area of the city. Visitors can enjoy the beach or some fishing here, or travel further down the bay to Las Gatas Beach. Las Gatas Beach is a more quiet stretch of beach along the bay, more secluded from the rest of the world. Since there are virtually no waves, it makes for a great stretch of water for diving or snorkeling. On the journey, visitors can enjoy a look at the pre-Columbian breakwater, which was constructed by a Tarascan king in order to create a massive swimming pool.

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More Ideas in Mexico: Cancun Underwater Museum

The Cancun underwater museum known as MUSA, or the Museo Subacuático de Arte is a contemporary and monumental underwater museum of art. The underwater museum was established back in the year 2009 in the waters that surround Cancun, Punta Nizuc, and Isla Mujeres. The monumental art project was founded by the Director of the National Marine Park, Jaime González Cano, and the former President of the Cancun Nautical Association, Roberto Díaz Abraham.

The Museo Subacuático de Arte first hired Jason deCaires Taylor, an English sculptor to assist in creating this one-of-a-kind museum. MUSA today features more than five hundred monumental and life-sized permanent sculptures, and is one of the world’s most ambitious and largest attractions of underwater artificial art.

The Cancun underwater museum has a goal of demonstrating the interaction between environmental science and art, as well as to create part of a more complex reef structure that allows marine life to inhabit and colonize while also increasing biomass on a large scale. Each one of the sculptures showcased at MUSA is connected to the seabed of the waters, and all are created using specialized material that help promote coral life. The sculpture installations are spread out over an area of more than 420 square meters of barren substrate. The total installations weigh in at more than two hundred tons.

A ride aboard a glass bottomed boat provides a unique experience, allowing visitors to be able to view the ocean below like they never have before. The boat ride is great for guests of all ages, and offers a perfect opportunity to view the ocean depths without having to get in the water at all. Visitors can explore the sculptures and life underwater surrounding Cozumel or Cancun through the enclosed crystal structure as the boat navigates its way through some of the most stunning underwater sights around the Yucatan Peninsula.

The Jungle Tour offered by the Museo Subacuático de Arte, or MUSA, is one of the most famous snorkeling tours in Cancun, Mexico. Guests follow an experienced guide through the beautiful Nichupté Lagoon aboard their own two-person swift boat. Sitting aboard a swift boat, visitors can explore the pathways of the lagoons while they take in and appreciated the surrounding natural beauty of the area. After emerging from the jungle mangroves, guests will find themselves in the waters of Punta Nizuc, where they will have the chance to snorkel through the second largest coral reef in the world.

Snorkeling in the Cancun underwater museum is an experience that visitors are sure to remember. Guests can swim through the waters as they explore more than five hundred statues, as well as the variety of marine life. Possibly one of the most popular things to do during a visit to Cancun is scuba diving. Visitors can take a couple of certification to enhance their scuba diving experience, or choose to explore the shallow waters surrounding several of the Caribbean’s most beautiful diving locations. Diving excursions can be one tank expeditions, or a longer two tank journey.

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More Ideas in Mexico: Copper Canyon

The “El Chepe,” the Copper Canyon train, offers visitors a chance to see some of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes of the Copper Canyon in northern Mexico during the scenic journey. Copper Canyon, is also known Barranca del Cobre, and is up to four hundred feet deep. The canyon is one of the greatest natural treasures found in the entire country of Mexico, and features spectacular scenery that is sure to impressive any traveler. Some of the best views can be found around Divisadero, a little town in the northern part of the country.

The Copper Canyon of Mexico dominates the landscape of southern Chihuahua, the largest of the country. It’s difficult to truly appreciate how remote and vast the area is until it is seen in person, which is why so many travelers come to see the canyon. The Copper Canyon is actually even more grand than the famous Grand Canyon located in the state of Arizona in the United States. The canyon in Mexico is bother deeper and larger than its more famous cousin in America.

Another thing that the Copper Canyon has over the Grand Canyon is that there is a first-class railroad that transports visitors through its rough wilderness as well. Affectionately known as “El Chepe,” the train ride through the massive canyon is sure to be a highlight of any traveler’s trip in northern Mexico. The scenic journey begins in the northern city of Chihuahua, where the train travels through the desert before it slowly starts its climb into the country’s towering mountains of the Sierra Madre range. The Copper Canyon train stops at several small towns throughout the journey as well.

One of these stops along the train journey is at the town of Creel, which has a population of approximately five thousand people. The town also marks the route’s highest point at just less than eight thousand feet. Creel began as a small logging town. Today, it is filled with many colorful craft shops, little family-owned and run restaurants, Tarahumara Indians striving to make a living, and local cowboys.

The Tarahumara Indians, who are also known locally by the name of Rarámuri, live throughout the canyon in natural caves and small wooden shacks. The Tarahumara people currently number around fifty thousand, most of whom still practice the traditional farming and semi-nomadic lifestyle. The women of the Tarahumara make and sell beautifully handmade baskets, as well as other craft items, to help support their families.

Mexico’s Copper Canyon features a diverse display of natural landscape. After a stop in Creel, the El Chepe journeys continues on through some of the canyon’s most breathtaking scenery. Passengers can even lean out from the train from the vestibules between train cars and breathe in the fresh mountain air. The mountain air, however, can be surprisingly chilly at the journey’s higher elevations. El Chepe stops for about twenty minutes for the best views of the trip in Divisadero. The scenic train ride also travels through mountain tunnels, across tall bridges, through thick forests, and more.

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