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OSEA Travel Guide: Downtown Cancun

Cancun Travel Information

Cancun Overview + inclusive map view
Cancun Map of Downtown Areas near Bus
Cancun Airport and Bus Station (Terminal de Autobuses): Getting To/From
Cancun Hostels, Hotels, Food, Activities near Bus Terminal (Station): Suggestions
Map of Suggested Downtown Hostels, Hotels, and overnight Activities


The social heart of Cancun city for local folks has traditionally been the parks located in SM22. This is the park where all sorts of public, free concerts, events, festivals happen. This is normal life here, not the image of frenzied sex, sand and night club tourism you see in the news

Three major downtown zones that are all within 5-10 minute walking distance at most: The Market (open only during daytime); the national tourism hotels and restaurants (for domestic or Mexican tourists) marked in fuschia; the non-resort international tourism, marked in darker orange where money exchange signs are clustered. The park between pink and orange is the heart of the city for locals.

There is a wide array of hotels, hostels, restaurants, churches, and things to do here in each of these downtown zones as well way beyond these that would require a taxi. Downtown Cancus is local life at its best. It is the easiest walk to the Bus Station (marked in green hightlight). The market seems close, but those are very long blocks and the Cancun traffic is nasty -- worse than Houston and not anything like an east coast walking city such as NYC or Boston.

The downtown night life is centered on two areas. One area that is more for Mexican national tourism and locals are the bars and restaurants on Ave. Yaxchilan (area in fuschia) and the US-International tourism is centered on the area in dark orange on Ave. Tulum. This is a moderate, not frenzied nightlife.

If you want frenzy, glitzy, spring break-Ibiza style night life then grab a cab and head to the convention center area of the Hotel Zone. But this is high octane stuff with all the brand name clubs, restaurants, fishbowl scenes, etc.



"Cancun Tips" — Online Guide for Cancun & Playa del Carmen
"Yucatan Today" (arts and culture magazine for Merida & Yucatán)
"Loco Gringo" (Akumal and Tulum Tourist Guide)
Google Map of Cancun City

Cancun Airport shuttles from Playa del Carmen
Cancun Airport shuttles from Tulum


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