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The best Airbnb in Cancun and other amazing Cancun Rentals

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 Cancun Rentals for any budget where you can live like a local in your cozy home away from home on the spectacular Caribbean sea.

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.

Especially after the pandemic, there are is more and more availability of houses for rent in Cancun, as it’s the safest way to travel.

Although there are spectacular hotels in Cancun, renting an Airbnb in Mexico has become very common and a much better solution to living like a local in a beautiful home, and as I mentioned, much safer as you have less contact with other tourists.

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 houses in Cancun.

In a rush? See my top houses for rent in Cancun

Best Airbnb in Cancun Hotel Zone: Beachfront Penthouse in the Hotel ZOne– Right on the beach with stunning views of the ocean – Elegant decor.
Best Airbnb Villa on the beach: Ocean Front Mansion – Spectacular luxury villa on the beach for a family retreat (sleep up to 6)
Best Airbnb in Cancun Puerto Juarez: Beachfront luxury Apartment Amara – spacious stylish apartment – seafront- in a gated residence with 24hrs security.

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 vacation rentals in Cancun Hotel Zone.

Beautiful Ocean View Condo at the Hotel Zone

📍 Cancun, Hotel Zone · 1-4 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bath · $76 avg/night

Beautiful suite in the Cancun Plaza Condo in the southern hotel zone, one of the best stretch of beach you can find.

The studio is suitable for a couple or two friends having two queen size beds. It is decorated with typical Mexican crafts.

The decor is a little old fashion but overall this apartment is very clean and offers very good value for money, considering that you are right on the most beautiful beach of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Also included:
TV, Wifi, air conditioning, kitchenette, private bathroom, large balcony overlooking the ocean.

Guests can use the outdoor facilities in the common area, including the pool and sun beds.

In a palapa-roofed cabana, the Cancun Plaza Hotel’s restaurant serves a variety of Mexican-inspired cuisine and homemade pizzas. The fund also has a mini grocery store and free parking,

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What previous guests say about this cancun condo rental

“This property is in a great location with an amazing beach! They have everything you need, for back-to-back beach days! We stayed for 6 days and it’s was so pure relaxation, the perfect end to the year!”

“Perfect location, perfect beach. Owner very responsive to our needs.”

This Oceanfront condo is a bit dated, but the location and the facilities are great. The beach is not too crowded, the palapas provide a nice shade during the sunny times and the pool is ample and clean. There is a restaurant on the premises, but our experience with the food was not good….pizzas not good, beef tips not good, chicken soup was the only thing I really liked. Run the water from the sink and shower before you use it, so the rusty water gets flushed out. Nice fridge and MW in the room. Comfy beds.”

Studio Right At The Beach. Hotel Zone, Cancun. Condo-hotel.

📍 Cancun, Hotel Zone · 1- 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bath · $80 avg/night

Renovated tiny studio in an Aparthotel at the end of the hotel zone in Cancun with spectacular ocean view and on a beautiful beautiful beach.

There is no kitchen but a small fridge and microwave are provided.

The place is close to two restaurants right across the street, and one by the beach really close. Or you can choose to buy the all inclusive bracelet and have unlimited food and drinks.

The resort also offers 2 pools in front of the beach, ping pong, canopies, beds at the beach, volleyball at the beach, a Starbucks in the lobby.

There is a public bus stop right in front of the entrance.

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What other guests says about this Condo in Cancun

“Martin and Maica were super host/hostess , they were very accommodating and responded back to you within the 1/2 hour with any questions you may have. The check-in was very smooth and the cleaning services were exceptional. The room was fabulous and had everything you would need for your stay with a spectacular view of the Caribbean Ocean. Thank you for making our stay one to remember and we will return. ❤️.”

“I really liked it, everything was sooo good. The only thing that we did not like it is that we have to leave 200 deposit and an additional 100 deposit with the receptionist”

Beach Front Penthouse * Ocean Dreams Resort w/ Amazing Views!

📍 Cancun, Hotel Zone · 1- 4 guests · 2 bedroom · 2 bath. · $168 avg/night

A fully functional unit within the Ocean Dreams Resort, an aparthotel located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone in Kilometer 9.5.

This family condo is on a two-level penthouse with spectacular panoramic views of the beautiful Cancun Beach and the lagoon.

There is 24-hour security for your peace of mind and you will be at walking distance to Plaza Forum by the Sea and Coral Negro market, Carlos N Charlies, Sr. Frog, and more.

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What other guests say about this home rental in Cancun

“loved this penthouse it was so nice and especially where it was located right in the middle of everything! I will be staying here again next year. Anabel has Rosy pick you up at the airport. Which is great! I loved her she is my friend now.”

Perfect place to enjoy the beach and morning sunrise. Convenient to amenities but away from it all in a peaceful beachfront condo. Loved every minute!

“I can’t say enough good things about the location of this property in regards to the beach (Oh my gosh THE VIEWS from the balconies!!!), walking distance to the market for supplies, walking distance to several great restaurants, close to the bus stop… excellent spot especially when you have kiddos with you who do not want to walk far and you didn’t rent a car. The only downside to this location is it’s close to a lot of the restaurants/bars so it is a little noisy at night and you can hear music in the front bedroom which is the one with the two twin beds where our kiddos slept- it didn’t seem to phase them much! Only me when I would get called into their room in the middle of the night. 🙂

Spectacular beachfront view-relax in a private location – very spacious

📍 Cancun, Hotel Zone · 1- 4 guests · 2 bedroom · 2 bath. · $200 avg/night

This cute spacious apartment is located in the Residencial Bridec, a low rise (3 Stories) building in kilometer 11.5 of Blvd. Kukulkan.

The Residencial Bridec has 12 individually owned units a pool, cabana, and BBQ area with an onsite manager and maintenance personnel. The building is located across the street from Plaza Flamingo where you can find a pharmacy, mini market, a bank, restaurants, and shopping.

Right in the heart of the Hotel Zone closed to the top restaurants and malls, but also on a stunning stretch of beach.

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What other guests say about this home rental in Cancun

“Awesome property with lots of room. Beautiful beach right behind it. Everything we needed!”

Our stay was glorious! We had 17 days at this property and wanted for nothing! Anabel was an extremely gracious hostess! She made sure we had transportation to and from the airport, information re: surrounding areas and COVID testing options. The apartment has everything you could want or need. A/C, washer/dryer, blender, toaster etc etc. Sliding glass doors open off the living room and master bedroom to a balcony that overlooks the white sand and blue waters of the sea!…”

“The condo is spacious and very clean. We were there for 14 days. We spent every evening on the amazing balcony facing the ocean. We had pretty much all our meals on that beautiful huge balcony. We were right on the beach. Roman would bring us chairs and beach umbrellas every day.”

Amazing Oceanfront Villa Steps Above The Caribbean w/ Infinity Pool

📍 Cancun, Hotel Zone · 1- 10 guests · 4 bedrooms · 4 bath. · $326 avg/night

Our home is located directly in front of the ocean, you can walk out onto the terrace and then a few steps down to the beautiful infinity swimming pool, sun lounge chairs sunshades, and a beautiful garden. Only 6 more steps down and you will be standing on the white sand to enjoy a dive in the Caribbean Sea. If you want to explore Cancun attractions and parks as guests of Casa Gaviotas you get a 20% discount on excursions/tours.

Spectacular 3500 sqft villa right on the ocean, suitable for a family or friend reunion who want to spend some quality time together right in front of the turquoise ocean.

ocean villa balcony with sunset view
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The master and the second bedroom are facing the ocean, and each bedroom (4) has its own AC . A specious terrace where to have breakfast or relax during the day with amazing Caribbean views.

The complex is located in a private street, with a 24/7security gate and a great convenient location in a gated community.

Also to note, a convenience store, pharmacy, bus stop, taxi stand and ferry to Isla Mujeres are within walking distance.

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What other guests say about this home rental in Cancun

“Property was great, questions and help were attended to as requested. Would go back again.

Nuri’s villa is set in a beautiful gated compound with stunning views of the infinity pool, white sand, and turquoise waters. The white buildings make it look like it might be Greece!”

“This condo was perfect for our annual friend-cation get away! Ernie met us at the condo upon our arrival and was very helpful and super friendly. We were within walking distance to the ferry to Isla Mujeres, where we spent several days exploring! I highly recommend this condo for groups. Bedrooms are big, and having 4 bathrooms was perfect! The windows/ sliding doors open wide, creating a breeze that swept through the condo, so we never had to run the AC. Upstairs windows stayed open all night, letting the crashing waves send us to sleep. My favorite part was waking up, and seeing nothing but palm trees, and gorgeous blue water! Out of all of the Airbnb/vrbo’s we have stayed in, this one is definitely at the top of our list. Would definitely stay here again, and again, and again!”

Ocean Front Mansion (Spectacular)

📍 Cancun, Hotel Zone · 1-12 guests · 6 bedrooms · 6 bath. · $2,350 avg/night

A stunning unique full-service Oceanfront Mansion located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone, for your ultimate luxury experience in Cancun.

The perfect solution for a big family or group of friends in search of a luxury vacation in Cancun, isolated from the rest of the city, but at a close distance from the entertainment and shopping malls, on a spectacular stretch of the Cancun beach. In fact, on this side of the beach, the sea is calmer and it’s easier to swim.

This luxury villa blends the colonial charm and unique architectural design built on different levels and vaulted ceilings providing peace, relaxation, and privacy.

The 11,500 sq ft (1,100 m2) of total interior space, is testfully decorated with elegant mexican art and handcrafted wood and glass works.

Besides, guests can also enjoy an around-the-clock service, including maid service, butler and waiter, day and night managers, concierge services, pool service, and gardener already included at no extra charge.

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What other guests say about this home rental in Cancun

“This was our fourth trip to Villa Albatros! I can guarantee we will be back for more! The property offers its guest every imaginable amenity possible! The staff are eager to help and serve, they are all wonderful people! Andreas organizes every aspect of your stay in great detail, he is a wonderful ambassador to Villa Albatros! If your hesitating booking this villa don’t, I promise you it will ruin every all-inclusive vacation going forward!

We had a family of ten and stayed at Villa Albatross for a week. Everything was superb and it was perfect for our needs. They arranged for all of our transportation needs throughout the week, starting with having a van pick us up at the airport when we arrived. They also provided recommendations on various activities (we enjoyed scuba, golf, xplor, and a trip to Chichen Itza) and took care of every detail. We also took advantage of the offer to take care of grocery shopping and cooking, and it was a fantastic decision! The food was terrific, and it was even better than we didn’t have to worry about shopping, cooking, or cleaning up. They had staff on-site (a chef, a bartender, a maid, a security guard, and one or two others) but they were never in the way and we were amazed at their attention to every detail”

“Stayed at Villa Albatros with 9 adults for a work retreat. Everything was perfect for our needs. The villa, the grounds, the sleeping accommodations, the views, the food prepared in house, the privacy of the property were all exceptional. The staff was professional and attentive. Robert organized details ahead of the stay, and Andreas facilitated everything while we were in town. They were both were a pleasure to work with. Andreas was 100% responsive to every need.”

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

📍 Cancun, DownTown · 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · ⭐⭐ ·💲💲

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 Cancún. 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.”

Pent House Suite, Tours & Massage Experience

📍 Cancun, DownTown · 5 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds · 1 bath · ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ·💲💲💲

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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32 square meters studio inside Cancun’s heart

📍 Cancun, DownTown · 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · ⭐⭐⭐ ·💲💲💲

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.

2 min to the Beach – Home & Garden

📍 Cancun, Puerto Juarez – Villas Playa Blanca · 1-4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2beds · 1 bath· ⭐⭐⭐ ·💲💲💲

A cozy space in the heart of Puerto Juarez, a safe residential area in front of Playa Blanca.

It’s a cute apartment with modern furnitures and austere decor. It includes Smart Tv and WiFi

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What other guests say:

This is a great property in a safe neighborhood, and Sebastian and Manuel are fantastic hosts. The location is right across the road from the beach, and the security guards are vigilant and I always felt safe. The area is quiet, the kitchen is well-stocked, and the patio garden is beautiful. I highly recommend this listing to anyone looking to stay in Cancun!

Beachfront apartment w/ garden and ocean views, WiFi, partial AC & shared pool!

📍 Cancun, Puerto Juarez · 6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds · 2 baths· ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ·💲💲💲💲

Spectacular luxurious apartment in the high-end residential area at the doors of Puerto Juarez, AMARA Puerto del Mar. The spacious apartment offer 3 bedroom with their private bathrooms, decorated with elegant furniture and delicate art pieces. The views over the Caribbean sea are themselves worth the price.

The complex has 24hrs security a restaurant on the premises and a huge pool, besides a private beach. It’s one of the best places to stay in Cancun if you don’t want to be in the Hotel Zone.

You have the Isla Mujeres Ferry terminal at walking distance. (Read my guide to Isla Mujeres if you want to visit the island, it will be extremely handy).

Also you are 10 minutes drive from Cancun Down Town and 20 minutes to the hotel Zone.

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What guests say:

We loved our experience. The Property Manager was amazing. Answered all questions and had many recommendations. Enjoyed our stay very much! Perfect location! Felt very safe with security! Thank you for letting us stay here!

My family and I enjoyed the last part of our vacation in this property. It is very clean and modern, but has all the amenities of “home.” My only criticism of the unit is the lack of hot water, but the property manager claimed he would look to have it fixed. The check-in process was easy with all of our proper documentation. The grounds and pool are beautiful! There was security all over the grounds, making us feel very safe. The restaurant just down the beach is amazing for food, drinks, and service!

The place was amazing! It has everything anyone needs and more. Highly encourage people to book this condo. Excellent location and great property manager.

Cozy Oceanfront Studio

📍 Cancun, Puerto Juarez · 3 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath· ⭐⭐⭐ ·💲💲💲

A cozy studio, with Caribbean sea-themed furniture and colors. Best suitable for budget travelers who love to enjoy a 180º 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.

Casa de la Sirena – Premium Beach Apartment

📍 Cancun, Puerto Juarez · 1-6 guests · 2 bedroom · 3 beds · 1 bath· ⭐⭐⭐ ·💲💲💲

This two-bedroom apartment is located inside the Hotel All Ritmo Cancun where guests can make use of the facility of the hotels just like a regular guest.

It’s located on a beach which is not always clean as sometimes weeds come from the ocean (make sure you check before booking) The hotel has a water park and swimming pool.

At only 10 minutes walking distance you can get to the Ferry Terminal to Isla Mujeres for a nice day trip to the Island of Women.

You are also close to one of the best restaurants in Cancun, Mar Bella, a must-try (only open for lunch).

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What previous guests say:

It was very comfortable, clean and loved it that it was on the first floor and in front of the garden pool and also closed to the water park

Off The Beaten Path- Live like a local…

📍 Cancun, Puerto Juarez · 1-6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds · 1 bath· ⭐⭐ ·💲💲

If you are looking for a cheap home to have a very local experience, this is for you.

This lovely apartment is very simple and basic but with nice touches and a lovely patio with lots of greenery. It’s located in a non-touristy neighborhood right at the beginning of Puerto Juarez.

At only 10 minutes walking distance you can get to the Ferry Terminal to Isla Mujeres for a nice day trip to the Island of Women.

You are also close to one of the best restaurants in Cancun, Mar Bella, a must-try (only open for lunch).

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What previous guests say:

Really enjoyed staying there. It was very comfortable and the landlord was readily available to help with our questions and needs. We could walk to nearly every place we wanted to go and if we chose to ride, buses and taxis were right there in the neighborhood

Wonderful Bungalow Located in the Cancun Jungle and Nature only 7Km from airport (Casa Kin)

📍 Cancun, Bonfil · 1-4 guests · 1bedrooms · 4 beds · 1 bath· ⭐⭐ ·💲💲

Would you like to live the Jungle experience at only 7 km from Cancun and from the Airport?

This lovely apartment is for you then. Very affordable and simple, it offers a tranquil stay in the jungle, surrounded by Caribbean tropical vegetation.

A kitchen is available for the guest to use and the pool is also a great plus. It’s advisable to have a car rental to be able to move around in total freedom.

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What previous guests say:

“CasaKin33 offered us the perfect getaway from it all. It is a super short drive from Cancun airport but nestled in the jungle far from the sounds of highway and city. Eva and Kurt are beautiful people and wonderful hosts. Kurt welcomed us and made sure we knew our way around. He was always available if we needed assistance or questions about Bonfil and tips about Cancun. The suit is gorgeous. Very well designed and decorated. We extended our stay twice while there because of the comfort and serenity. This was a mini honeymoon for us and the stay was very romantic as we had the pool to ourselves and our own little kitchen to prepare some meals. Will be back there if we travel to the Mexican Caribbean again

“Eva met us at the car rental and led us to her home. She was very friendly and made us feel like one of the family. House was very colorful and clean. We enjoyed breakfast and loved walking around the grounds. We also enjoyed talking to her and her husband and college daughter. It was truly a fun stop to Cancun while

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