With its pristine white-sand beaches, hedonistic party scene and sophisticated seafood restaurants, Cancun is a hugely popular vacation choice with tourists from around the world. The city’s downtown area, known as El Centro, offers a local flavour with its taco joints and salsa halls, while the glitzy beachfront strip of Zona Hotelera is home to nightclubs, restaurants, shops and high-rise hotels – among which are a wide range of all-inclusive options.
Palm trees line a beachside promenade in Cancun (Vicky via Flickr)
We advise searching for your Cancun all-inclusive package at a reputable, widely-recognised website. This way you’re likely to find the largest number of options (for flights & resorts), while their market power also enables them to offer great value deals too. Furthermore, because they are such well-known websites, they tend to go the extra mile to preserve their reputation. Consequently, you’re likely to find strong customer service and generous cancellation policies.
Below you will find our assessment of the three most reputable websites for travel packages to Cancun. We suggest checking rates with each in order to secure the best possible deal.
CheapCaribbean offers packages to Cancun from a wide number of cities across north America. The resort descriptions are detailed and concise, providing all the key information about the resort, as well as lots of additional material about the local area too. The website also says that its staff personally visits every resort that it lists, which means their descriptions are likely to be more reliable than other websites. There are some other neat features too, including a ‘deal of the week’ which seems to focus on families by tending to include airport transfers. The main negative is the number of resorts listed, which is substantially fewer than its competitors.
Our search for all-inclusive deals to Cancun with Expedia pulled up many more results than with CheapCaribbean – with high-end resorts being particularly well represented. We also found that prices for certain resorts tended to be lower, so we would definitely advise checking Expedia, even if you’re planning to book though an alternative website. As for information provided, the flight details are particularly well laid out on Expedia, although the resort descriptions are somewhat basic.
We found strong similarities with Expedia, both in terms of the Cancun resorts that the website lists and their respective prices. But one key difference is the interface, which is somewhat old fashioned compared with its competitors, and also impacts negatively on the general usability of the website. A significant benefit, however, will be found by those seeking to book a Cancun resort without a flight, as both availability and pricing score high marks based on our research.