Oceanfront Resort near Nightlife and Beach Activities
Krystal Cancun sits on a barrier island just off the Yucatán Peninsula’s northeastern tip, sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea and a lagoon’s still waters. The all-inclusive beachfront resort is located in the heart of Cancún’s hotel zone, a popular tourism spot known for nightlife and entertainment. Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are within walking distance of the hotel. You’ll also have easy access to snorkeling sites, as well as other water activities along the ocean and lagoon.
The shoreline in front of Krystal Cancun seems perfectly designed for relaxation—there, thatched huts shade wooden day beds and cushioned lounge chairs. Within slingshot range of the beach is a large, freeform pool and an infinity jacuzzi. Both look out onto the Caribbean’s turquoise waters. Deluxe ocean-view rooms have nice views of the ocean, too, from the balcony.
With an all-inclusive plan, you can drink and dine freely at any of the resort’s restaurants and bars, including an open beachfront cabana that serves surf ‘n’ turf fare. For gourmet Mexican food and house wine, head to El Mortero Restaurant, a hacienda-style restaurant that comes to life with a live mariachi band. When you want to leave the property, you can make use of the resort's Discover Cancun program, which allows you to dine out for free at participating local restaurants.
Cancún: Cool White Sands and Mayan Relics
Located on a barrier island shaped like the number seven, Cancún's Hotel Zone juts into the Caribbean Sea at the northeast tip of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. With the sea on one side and freshwater lagoons on the other, it's a popular spot for sailing and snorkeling. Although the beaches and barrier reefs are a major draw, the geography is equally enticing further inland, where you can dive into an underground river or take a speedboat through a mangrove jungle.
Cancún pulls in millions of visitors each year, so escaping the crowds and the party atmosphere isn't always easy, but a visit to Playa Delfines offers a chance for sunbathing in relative seclusion. Resorts have yet to encroach upon this stretch of sand, and it's especially popular with surfers.
The stone columns of El Rey Ruins, an ancient Mayan site dating back to the second and third centuries BCE, lie within the city’s Hotel Zone. Believed to be a royal burial ground, the archaeological site is also home to wild iguanas that lounge in the sun and read Tom Clancy novels. For a Mayan-themed daytrip, take a 1.5-hour drive from Cancún down the coast to Tulum, a pre-Columbian walled city located on a bluff overlooking the sea—one of the Yucatán Peninsula's most visited Mayan ruins. The Mayan city of Chichén Itzá, chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, is only a 2.5-hour drive from Cancún.
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