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Destination Guide: Cancún

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Cancún, on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, is far more than bars and beaches. Discover Cancún’s green side in its jungles and mangroves. Discover its serene side with yoga and Mayan spa treatments. And discover its authentic side in the mercados and cafés at the city’s center.

Cancún is one of the most popular holiday getaways for American travelers, Allianz data shows. Mexico has placed few COVID-19 restrictions on tourists entering the country.1 Check the latest travel alerts and requirements before planning your trip.

3 Reasons to Buy Travel Insurance for Cancún

  1. Emergency medical and dental benefits can protect you from sky-high hospital bills. Most Mexican healthcare providers require payment up front, and U.S. health insurance is generally not accepted. Travelers have complained that private hospitals in Cancún and other tourist areas have “exorbitant prices and inflexible collection measures,” the U.S. Department of State warns.2 For this reason, travel insurance is a must.
  2. Trip cancellation benefits can save you from big financial losses. If you must cancel your Cancún vacation at the last minute for a covered reason, your travel insurance can reimburse prepaid, nonrefundable trip costs.
  3. Travel insurance can help if you’re the victim of theft or assault. While Cancún’s resort areas are protected by high levels of security and are generally safe, incidents do happen. 24/7 Assistance — which can be rapidly accessed from the free Allyz® TravelSmart app — can help you reach local emergency services, report crimes, replace lost passports, get money wired from home, and assist with all kinds of travel mishaps.

What’s the best travel insurance plan for Cancún? OneTrip Basic is a favorite of budget travelers, with broad protection for an affordable price. If you’re planning more than two getaways this year, you could save money with an AllTrips annual travel insurance plan.

Most of our plans include the Epidemic Coverage Endorsement, which adds covered reasons to select benefits for certain losses related to COVID-19 and any future epidemic. (Benefits vary by plan and are not available in all jurisdictions).

3 Fun Things to Do in Cancún

  1. Visit the underwater museum. Around 500 contemporary sculptures stand on the ocean floor in MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte). You can see these works of art by snorkeling, scuba diving or taking a glass-bottom boat tour.
  2. Marvel at ancient ruins. Three hours from Cancún stands the monumental pyramid of Chichén Itzá, a Mayan city that’s considered one of the Seven Wonders of the New World. Avoid a tour, if you can; arriving solo at 8 a.m. is the best way to skip the line and have a few moments to explore the ruins without crowds.3
  3. Hop across the bay to Isla Mujeres. Just off the coast is a beautiful getaway called Isla Mujeres (“the island of women.”) There you’ll find chill beaches, Mayan ruins, and the famous house shaped like two seashells, Casa Caracol.

3 of the Best Luxury Hotels in Cancún

“Quiet and serenity” aren’t words you typically associate with Cancún, but you’ll find both at Nizuc Resort and Spa. This family-friendly resort on the southern end of the hotel zone wins over guests with impeccable service, a beautiful spa and unique offerings: a sushi-making class, private dinners, live Cuban jazz and tequila tastings.

Le Blanc Spa Resort is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort that consistently ranks as one of the top luxury hotels in Cancún. The food is extraordinary. Private butlers make your every wish come true. Guests enjoy top-shelf drinks and 24-hour room service.

If you’d prefer to avoid the hustle of Cancún’s main drag, escape to Beloved Playa Mujeres, an all-inclusive boutique hotel for couples. Choose your personal paradise: a swim-up suite with a private garden? A terrace suite with a plunge pool? Or a lavish penthouse with ocean views? There are only 109 rooms, so you’ll feel like everything’s made just for you.

3 Great Places to Eat in Cancún

Even if you opt for an all-inclusive resort in Cancún, you should venture out at least once for some local flavor. One favorite is Hacienda El Mortero on the north end of Cancún, which has live mariachi music nightly and serves specialties like steak norteño style and fish marinated with achiote and sour orange. For something different, try Peter’s Restaurante, a small, family-run spot. The European-trained chef makes memorable brisket, mushroom ravioli, and hogfish. Don’t miss the key lime pie for dessert.

Another of the best places to eat in Cancún is Restaurante y Cocteleria Mar-Bella, a waterfront café that’s off the beaten track (you enter through a grocery store). There, you’ll find ocean views and superior seafood, including ceviche and octopus.

Ready for your Cancún escape? Just remember that any time you travel overseas, you need to protect yourself with travel insurance. Learn more about Allianz Travel insurance and find the right plan.

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Dec 06, 2021