Airbnb in Cancun

The best Airbnb in Cancun for a perfect Mexican vacation

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Although Cancun has always been renowned as the party capital of Mexico, I can assure you that this tourist city has much much more to offer than All-Inclusive resorts and party venues. In this post, I will share the best Airbnb in Cancun for any budget where you can live like a local in your cozy home away from home.


Its pristine 23 miles Cancun beach, the turquoise waters, countless activities and its strategic location close to the most exciting attractions makes Cancun one of the most popular destination in Mexico for any kind of travelers solo travelers and families alike.

If you are planning a vacation and you are deciding where to stay, you might want to consider staying in an Airbnb in Cancun, the best way to enjoy the city and living like a local. You can either find a room to rent or the entire apartment for you. I would opt for the entire apartment when possible. But just so you know, you have the options.

There are specific areas that are for me the best spots depending on what kind of vacation you had in mind.

In this post I write about each area and my favorite Airbnb.

Disclosure: As an Airbnb Associate, I may earn if you book using a link on this page. I personally have been using Airbnb as my preferred accommodation when I travel since 2015 for short and long stays. This is why I feel confident in recommending them to you. If you are a first-timer, you will find my guide on how to book on the Airbnb platform very helpful.

If you are new to Airbnb you might want to read my step by step guide to how to register and make a booking on Airbnb

The best Airbnb in Cancun Hotel Zone

The beach area is certainly the most appealing zone where anyone would want to stay. Prices are definitely much higher but staying at a few steps from the spectacular Cancun beach is priceless.

Here below I have selected my favorite Airbnb in Cancun for their decoration and vicinity to the beach.

The hotel zone has a lot to offer apart from the beach, including the shopping center La Isla, from where you can admire spectacular sunsets and eat in the Best Restaurants of Cancun.

See my favorite Airbnb in Cancun Hotel Zone.

Luxury Holiday Apartment by the Lagoon

馃搷 Cancun, Hotel Zone 4 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 2 beds 路 1 bath 路 猸愨瓙猸 馃挷馃挷馃挷

This spacious and modern apartment is not only functional and super clean but also located in one of the unique end exclusive areas in Cancun Hotel Zone. Although not exactly on the beach, but right on one of the lagoon canal and from its terrace you can admire spectacular sunsets. It’s also very safe, in a gated community with 24hrs security. Totally recommended.

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What previous guests say:

“The real place is even better than what is already showed in the pictures. The cleanness was super good, you won’t find any dirt place in the whole apartment, they cleaned it taking care of the details. The location is just amazing, you are in the best zone of Cancun but at the same time you are enjoying the peace of a residential neighborhood. The security team is really professional, they made us feel at home since the moment we got into the building.”

Carlos place is a gem and so is he. The apartment is exactly how it looks in the pictures. It is in a safe location with security. It is about a 13-15 minute drive or bus ride to the center of the Hotel Zone. Carlos helped me get transportation with Minerva who is so sweet. Check in was very easy.

Beautiful apartment! Carlos was very helpful. We had a wonderful time.”


Estudio lindo ideal con beachfront @Zona Hotelera

馃搷 Cancun, Hotel Zone 4 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 2 beds 路 1 bath 路 猸愨瓙猸 馃挷馃挷馃挷

This cozy studio is perfect for beach lovers, as it’s located right on one of the most spectacular stretches of beach in Cancun Hotel Zone. The apartment is quite minimal and small but elegantly decorated in the colors of the ocean.

There is a 24hrs security, a gym, elevator and a/c among the main amenities.

LOCATION – it’s located in one of the buildings right on the beach close to Punta Cancun and very close to the nightclubs, malls, shopping centers and supermarkets. It’s one of the best location in the Hotel Zone.

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What previous guests say:

“The view is breathtaking, the location is very centric and the place was very clean. We would definitely recommend it.”

Right by the strip with many restaurants to go to. Right by the beach too. Overall clean and great experience. Thank you !

A lovely clean studio with breathtaking views of the beach and the Caribbean Sea. Maid service is every other day. Excellent location – situated in the heart of the main strip.”


Cancun Suites (Hab. Suite)

馃搷 Cancun, Hotel Zone 4 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 路 猸愨瓙猸 馃挷馃挷馃挷

This apartment is not among the fanciest ones but offers a great value for money and it’s situated on one of the most amazing stretches of beaches in Cancun, one that it’s difficult to reach if you are not staying in one of the nearby properties. Only for that, it’s worth all the money.

Having said that, the apartment is spacious and clean and equipped with all the modern facilities. It’s also situated within the premises of a residential area and managed like a hotel with a reception, a restaurant and security 24hrs. There is also a gym and a huge pool if the turquoise sea is not enough. You are also very close to the Ferry to Isla Mujeres and to the kayak tours departure point on the Nichupte lagoon.

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What previous guests say:

“Excellent location, great beach, and a beautiful sunset looking at the lake. And the host it鈥檚 very kind.”

The property was beautiful and the restaurant’s margaritas were the best I had while in Cancun! Miguel鈥檚 place was great for our short time in Cancun and less than a 10 min bus ride to the center! I would definitely stay again

Good location with an excellent view. The room has plenty of space.”


The best Airbnb in Cancun Downtown

It’s a little of a stretch to define the Cancun Downtown area as it’s huge and diverse. However, here below I have selected the most beautiful Airbnbs that are close to shopping centers or areas of interest and most of all safe in Cancun Downtown.

Capacious Studio Perfectly Placed in the Midst of Cancun

馃搷 Cancun, DownTown 2 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 路 猸愨瓙 馃挷馃挷

AIRBNB PLUS – I have found this amazing apartment for last but I wanted you to see it first before any other places because it’s just phenomenal it has it absolutely all! I can’t wait to go back to Cancun and book it. As you can see from the picture, it’s been decorated with the most beautiful taste and attentive mind, minimal but elegant and functional at the same time. With unique touches that make this place so special and cozy.

But that’s not all. The location. It’s in a closed road at a few steps from the busy Avenida Nader, which is brimming with restaurants and bars. So you are close to Cancun best nightlife (and day) but in a tranquil area. If you want to stay in Down Town Cancun, this would be totally my choice without any hesitation.

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What previous guests say:

“This place is amazing! Beautifully designed and great location. A lot of details that make you feel very comfortable. I want to stay longer…”

Amazing apartment, super clean, and with great decor.

Absolutely I’ll book again this place on my next trip to Canc煤n. It’s a sweet dream place and well located. It has a parking lot and security. Stop looking at other places this is the best one and the relation price-benefits is 100% accurate. Thanks a lot, Zubzen for letting us know your place. See you next time.”


Apartment-loft 106

馃搷 Cancun, DownTown 2 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 路 猸愨瓙 馃挷馃挷

If you are looking for a cheap stay but yet cute and independent and in Cancun Down Town, this cute studio is for you. Located at a few steps from the ADO bus and close to restaurants, supermarket and the bus R1 and R2 that take you to the Hotel Zone and the beach, it’s ideal for single or couple. Mind that the kitchen, is just a small kitchenette. But for this very cheap price, you cannot really expect anything more luxurious.

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What previous guests say:

“Wonderful place& great location. About a 10 minute walk from the Ado bus station downtown. Bus from airport was 93 pesos”

Really good location. Good quality for price. The sheets smelled a bit interesting but the place really worth it for the price as it has everything you need.

Spacey accommodation, kitchen was not really what we expected and the WiFi had some flaws. Overall good for a short-term stay.”


Pent House Suite, Tours & Massage Experience

馃搷 Cancun, DownTown 5 guests 路 2 bedrooms 路 3 beds 路 1 bath 路 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 馃挷馃挷馃挷

This is a very elegant apartment, a little austere for my taste, but new, and sparkling clean, equipped with all the necessary facilities to make your stay ultra-comfortable, including a private swimming pool (private for all the guests of the complex), security and a reception area. Mind, though it’s located on the 4th floor and no elevator. Just giving you the heads up!

The location is phenomenal, in downtown Cancun but very close to the main malls and to the bus stop to the beach. However, I would always advise getting a car rental to have the freedom to move around, even at night, without having to rely on taxis. (There s no uber in Cancun).

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What previous guests say:

“The place is perfect and close to the strip stylish and clean !”

Nice stay .. very modern. Check-in is a bit of a hassle and was difficult to find in my experience. Other than that had a nice and relaxing stay

The property is perfectly situated close to everything you may need in order to enjoy a stay in Cancun but still want that 鈥渂eing a local experience鈥. The room is nice and modern, but get your workouts in before going because if you鈥檙e on the fourth floor, there鈥檚 no elevator, also be careful because the steps are uneven, seems like you鈥檝e had a few drinks but sober.”


32 square meters studio inside Cancun’s heart

馃搷 Cancun, DownTown 2 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 路 猸愨瓙猸 馃挷馃挷馃挷

Exquisite studio located in a lovely neighborhood in the heart of Cancun close to Avenida Nader where the best restaurants in Cancun are located. It’s also close to the R1 and R2 bus stop to the stunning Cancun beach and Plaza Las America commercial center.

The apartment is very nicely decorated with modern features, however, keep in mind it’s very tiny, like a hotel room with a small kitchen. The balcony faces a nice public garden and allows lots of light into the lovely space.

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What previous guests say:

“Everything was spot on, didn’t expect my first Airbnb experience to be amazing and to feel like I was right at home. It’s super convenient to stay here because everything is super close to restaurants and supermarkets also to go to playa del carmen Is super easy you literally just walk two blocks and your there. Overall everything was excellent”

Pros Very stylish apartment, Very attentive host, solves any problems extremely fast, Real artworks on walls, Lots of small details and touches (spices, oil for cooking, special towels for beach etc) An answer is written on the wall to any questions which might rise, Very cute balcony with hammock and plants, Close to restaurants and supermarket. Cons Pretty noisy when someone closes doors outside and you can hear TV from other apartments

I enjoyed my stay at Zubzen’s place. It was a really nice apartment. Everything about my stay was communicated efficiently and timely. Zubzen provided a lot of useful information about the locale and made my stay so much better. If I travel to Cancun again, I would definitely consider staying here again!”


The best Airbnb in Cancun Puerto Juarez

Puerto Juarez has been an off the beaten path area of Cancun for a while, an insignificant fishing village with no reasons for tourists to set foot on.

Not that now there is anything fancy about it. On the contrary, the area looks “a little rustic”, I have lived there for a few months. But there are at least 2 reasons to go, to catch the ferry to Isla Mujeres and to enjoy one of the best fish restaurants in Cancun, Mar Bella. In Puerto Juarez, you can also find el Meco, one of the two tiny and cute archeological sites in Cancun, and a few nice hotels.

Also many homes have been turned into Vacation Rentals and here you can find really cute and not so expensive Airbnb options. Here below find my favorite Airbnb in Cancun Puerto Juarez.

Lounge in the Hammock of a Designer Apartment

馃搷 Cancun, Puerto Juarez 3 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 2 beds 路 1 bath路 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 馃挷馃挷馃挷

Airbnb Plus – A spectacular apartment spacious and nicely decorated by a designer. Very stylish and confortable. Perfect if you have a car.

LOCATION – Although quite central, and close to pretty much everything in Cancun, if you have your own car, the apartment is not located in the nicest area, on the contrary, it’s a little shabby. But if you don’t care about the surrounding, I have choose to include this apartment because it’s really beautiful and equipped with all the modern amenities. I would definitely stay there, if I had a car.

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What previous guests say:

The place looked as displayed and the hosts were really great at communicating with me. Easy check in and the actual key felt like a really nice touch! I had a rental car and a parking spot was available for me.

This place was clean and very cozy. We loved it.

This sweet apartment was SO beautiful and so well decorated. Right outside the busy area of the city, this spot was perfect for getting away from the noise. Thanks so much!”


BEACH FRONT AMARA, LIVE THE SEA

馃搷 Cancun, Puerto Juarez 6 guests 路 2 bedrooms 路 3 beds 路 2 baths路 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 馃挷馃挷馃挷馃挷

Airbnb Superhost – A luxurious spacious apartment in a high-end residential area, AMARA. The elegant white furniture perfectly combine with the bright decorations and art pieces. The views over the caribbean sea are just breathtaking. The complex have 24hrs security a restaurant in the premises and a huge pool, besides a private beach.

Located in Puerto Juarez, where despite the area is not so fancy and elegant, you are close to the ferry to Isla Mujeres and a 10 minutes drive from either the beginning of the Hotel Zone and Cancun Down Town. You must have a car though, unless you are willing to use taxi.

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What previous guests say:

First time in Cancun and this place was absolutely amazing. Mirna was very responsive, the place is very nice and clean , the views are amazing and the place is very secure . Great location near everything. Would definitely stay again..”

Great location, great amenities, close to everything you need! Awesome host!.

Such an amazing experience. Loved it, had an amazing time. It鈥檚 so peaceful, the view is breathtaking. Felt very secure. Little shop, like a gas station set up just across the street and a family selling traditional food. Sooooo good every things was more than I ask for. Just book of peaceful is the vacation mood.”


Cozy Oceanfront Studio

馃搷 Cancun, Puerto Juarez 3 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 2 beds 路 1 bath路 猸愨瓙猸 馃挷馃挷馃挷

A cozy studio, with Caribbean sea-themed furniture and colors. Best suitable for budget travelers who love to enjoy a 180潞 sea view and have the beach at their feet.

Gym access and free car park among the other perks you get with this cute tiny studio.

LOCATION – Located in the middle of Puerto Juarez, on the premises of the hotel Al Rythmo, which offers extra security and access to their beach facilities and restaurants.

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What previous guests say:

thoroughly enjoyed my stay, if only a few days. Monica is a lovely and conscientious host who ensured I knew what to expect and having access to the Resort facilities is an ideal accommodation arrangement. I’ll be sure to visit again if it’s not sold before I return! the actual key felt like a really nice touch! I had a rental car and a parking spot was available for me.


How to make a booking on Airbnb – best practices

As a digital nomad I have been using Airbnb extensively in my past 3 years on the road. Although sometimes I love to stay in nice hotels as well, living in a beautiful home is more suitable for the way I love to travel. If I rent my own place I am more independent and I feel like a local instead of a tourist, and more connected with the place I am visiting.

After many Airbnb stays, I would like to share with you some tips about the Airbnb platform. It may be obvious for some of you but not so much for those who are not very familiar with it and afraid of new technology.

However, if you are new to Airbnb or you wish to understand the platform more in details, you must read my post how to book on Airbnb 鈥 a step by step guide

  • Make sure you know what you are booking. Not all homeowners are very familiar with the interface and there is a chance that you may find incorrect information, especially on the kind of accommodation. Example: entire home vs a room? or is the bathroom en-suite? In doubt, always contact the host before booking.
  • Read the reviews from the previous guests. Always!
  • Check the total price and the breakdown, because the price advertised it鈥檚 not accurate. Airbnb would add their commission and taxes on the room fare basis that is decided by the owner.
  • Consider booking for 7 days or 1 month, so that you most probably get special discounts.
  • Read all the details of the listing.
  • Read the cancellation policy thoroughly. Very important!
  • In doubt, always contact the host before booking.

If you are a luxury hotel freak instead you should discover my favorite luxury hotels in Cancun.


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