Below are two interactive Cancun Maps that allow you to zoom, pan and explore the wonders of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The first map shows the luxurious Hotel Zone, with some of the best resorts and restaurants in the world the line the beautiful, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.
The second map, displays a larger view of the Yucatan Peninsula showing locations of the best Cancun activities and location relative to downtown Cancun. Click on the name of each location to for detailed information, including a full review, photos, contact information and a link to the corresponding web site.
Hacienda El Mortero
Westin Lagunamar Resort
La Hibichuela Sunset
The Cancun map above shows the "hotel zone" or Zona Hotelera that begins just east of the international airport exit and runs north and then back west into downtown Cancun. The drive takes about 30 minutes and travels along a strand with the beautiful Caribbean on the right and a lagoon on the left. Zona Hotelera is lined with high end resorts, restaurants and shopping. Most resorts are on the eastern side and take advantage of the beautiful beaches while most high end restaurants are on the western or lagoon side and take advantage of the stunning sunsets over the lagoon each evening. The Hotel Zone is indeed touristy and somewhat pricey but at the same time stunningly beautiful and relaxing. The Mayan and Mexican culture will welcome and embrace you for a very enjoyable vacation.
Xcaret Adventure Park
Cancun Hotel Zone
The Cancun map above shows that Yucatan Peninsula that consists of approximately 76,000 square miles of land and jungle, most of it undeveloped, and is surrounded by by the Gulf of Mexico to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the east. It includes parts of Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. It is a diverse region with several micro-climates, slightly cooler to the north and more humid and warmer in the inland and southern areas. The Northeast Yucatan peninsula is prone to a major Hurricane that results in significant damage about once every 10 to 12 years.
This map focuses on some of the best inland and eastern coastal regions from Cancun south to Tulum and then inland towards the city of Meridian and the great Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.
Roads in this region, in many cases, are better than in the United States. The toll road between Cancun and Chichen Itza is a two lane divided cement road that is slightly less than 120 miles and is in great condition. The cost to drive this road is about $20 USD each way but is well worth the expense.
Highway 307 that connects Cancun to the south and the cities of Playa del Carmen and Tulum is also in great condition and a very easy drive, especially since the recent completion of several bridges that allow you to essentially drive over several small cities instead of being stuck in congested intersections as you make your way south. Watch out for the "topes" or "speed bumps" that are in the middle of the freeway as you approach each small city.