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Where is Cancun, Mexico located?

Do you want to know where is Cancun, Mexico located? Check out the Cancun Mexico map as well as fun facts and frequently asked questions about Cancun.

Cancun is located in the southeastern part of Mexico, in the northeast of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Cancun belongs to the state of Quintana Roo and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico.

Cancun, Mexico’s exact location is latitude 21.17429 and longitude -86.84656.

Distance from Cancun to other major destinations:

DistanceEstimated travel time by car
Cancun to Tulum81 miles or 131 kilometersAbout 1 hour and 43 minutes
Cancun to Playa del Carmen42 miles or 68 kilometersAbout 58 minutes
Cancun to Mérida199 miles or 320 kilometersAbout 4 hours and 40 minutes
Cancun to Chetumal236 miles or 379 kilometersAbout 4 hours and 43 minutes

Where is Cancun Mexico on the Map


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Cancun Fun Facts

1. In 1970, only three people lived in Cancun. Nowadays, it is one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations and home to more than 700,000 residents.

2. Cancun features an underwater museum with a series of 500 life-size underwater statues.

3. Cancun was originally called “Ekab,” which means “Black Earth.” The name Cancun is also a Mayan word and means “nest of serpents.”

4. The beaches of Cancun are only 14 miles long.

5. The Maya Barrier Reef in Cancun is the second largest reef in the world. The world’s largest reef is the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

6. There are around 32.000 hotel rooms in Cancun. From luxury Cancun beach resorts to family resorts to budget hotels in downtown, there is accommodation for all types of travelers.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Cancun

Is Cancun north or south of the equator?

Cancun is 1,462 miles (around 2,352 kilometers) north of the equator and thus located north of the equator.

How much is a taxi from Cancun airport to the hotel zone?

The average price for a taxi from Cancun airport to the hotel zone is 50 to 60 USD.

What state is Cancun in?

Cancun is located in the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.