Cancun Mexico is a tourist destination located on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. The tourist destination sits on the western edge of the Caribbean Sea and along the southern edge of the Gulf of Mexico.
Cancun continues to be a popular destination for Americans and other international tourists seeking a tropical beach getaway.
There has never been a better time to travel to Cancun. The current discounts on airfare, resorts and activities have never been seen before. Now is a great time to book your family vacation or couples retreat.
Cancun Hotel Zone
The main destination for tourists in Cancun is the Hotel Zone. The Hotel Zone, or Zona Hotelera, is a peninsula extending and running roughly alongside the mainland. The Cancun Hotel Zone stretches roughly 14 miles from top to bottom and contains roughly 90 hotels and resorts, 100 restaurants and 50 other attractions.
The Cancun Hotel Zone is about a 15 to 20 minute ride from the airport via taxi. Other forms of transportation, such as rental cars, local buses and private shuttles are also available.
The Cancun Hotel Zone is bordered on the east by the Caribbean Sea. The west side of the Hotel Zone is the Nichupte Lagoon.
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Cancun Resorts and Covid-19 Response
All of the hotels and resorts in Cancun were shutdown beginning on March 20, 2020 due to the Coronavirus. All hotels, resorts, bars and restaurants in the hotel zone remained closed until safety protocols and reopening plans could be implemented. In late May, plans to begin reopening were released and some resorts, hotels and restaurants began to reopen on June 8, 2020 with limited capacity.
Cancun is the first destination in the Americas certified by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as a Safe Destination. Starting on June 8, 2020 some Cancun resorts have begun reopening to international tourism.
On June 8th, Cancun, Riviera Maya and Cozumel reopened many hotels including the beaches at the resorts. Amenities at the hotels and resorts may be limited due increased safety measures, reduced staff or social distancing requirements. All resort cities in the Cancun area including Costa Maya, Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya are welcoming tourists from the United States and Canada.
The government of Quintana Roo has begun a gradual, phased approach of reopening all hotels, restaurants, beaches, resorts and activities based on the safety of residents and tourists.
The Mexican Caribbean continues to receive tourists and remains vigilant with rigorous prevention measures of COVID‐19. The reopening of Cancun has led to many hotels and resorts offering huge discounts to attract guests.
Mexico has implemented a “traffic light” color system to assist with the gradual reopening of the country. It consists of four colors (green, yellow, orange, and red) that represent the severity of the pandemic in each state. The “traffic light” will be updated weekly and each color will indicate which activities are safe to resume.
Cancun International Airport (CUN) is open. Flights are arriving and departing daily. Sanitary protocols have been put in place at the airport to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Health officials are conducting passenger screenings, which include checking arriving passengers’ temperature, are in place.
Currently you can get to Cancun International Airport (CUN) from the USA and Canada with the following Airlines:
- Air Canada: via Toronto (YYZ), Monrtreal (YUL), Vancounver (YVR), Calgary (YYC), and Winnipeg (YWG)
- Alaska Airlines: via Los Angeles (LAX)
- American Airlines: via Dallas (DFW), Miami (MIA), Philadelphia (PHI), Charlotte (CHT) or Chicago (ORD)
- Delta/AeroMexico: via Mexico City (MEX)
- Delta Airlines: via Atlanta (ATL)
- Jet Blue: via New York (JFK) or Orlando (ORL)
- Southwest Airlines: booking flights to Cancun from July 3rd, onwards
- Spirit Airlines via Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Atlanta (ACY), New York (LGA), Houston (IAH), Dallas (DFW), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Detroit (DTW), Baltimore (BWI), or Chicago (ORD).
- United Airlines: via Houston (IAH)
And from other countries with the following airlines:
- Copa Airlines from Panama City
- Volaris, VivaAerobus and AeroMexico from several Mexican cities
- TropicAir from Belize City, Belize
- Aerolineas Argentinas from Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Evelop Airlines from Madrid, Spain
- FlexFlight from Lisbon, Portugal
- Wingo from Bogota, Columbia
Several airlines expect to be resuming service shortly and are already accepting bookings:
- Air Transat: July 23rd
- Sun Country Airlines: July 1st
- Sunwing: July 31st
Major airlines are continuing to add flights to Cancun on a daily basis as demand increases.
International passengers arriving at the Cancun International Airport (CUN) must go through a thermal scanner to measure body temperature.
Cancun Tours and Excursions
The safety of tourists and tour operators remains a top priority in the Cancun region. Tour operators, adventure parks and other activities have begun to reopen. Many are offering discounts and special offers as things begin to reopen.
How to Stay Safe from COVID-19 While Visiting Cancun
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The COVID-19 virus spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, these droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It is important to maintain social distancing whenever possible. The wearing of masks and other facial coverings is highly recommended and is required in some places.
According to the World Health Organization the best steps to take to protect yourself include:
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available. Your sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Do not touch touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.