Accommodation in Cancun


Cancun is one of Mexico's most popular resorts, be it for tourists, senior citizens or students. But how to find accommodation there? Find the answers in this article.

If you are one of those millions of foreigners who dream of settling in Cancun, finding accommodation will be one of your priorities. Being one of Mexico's most popular tourist resorts, Cancun is preferred for the numerous opportunities which are available there. You will also find a wide range of accommodation options throughout the city. In general, these are close to health care services, other essential services as well as leisure activities.

You can choose the type of accommodation which better suits your needs, whether you have retired, you are working or studying in Cancun. However, rent prices in Cancun can be higher than in other major Mexican cities. The same applies to real estate sale prices.

Types of accommodation

You can find anything in Cancun: furnished and unfurnished apartments and villas for rent, lofts, as well as room sharing offers. But as Cancun is a highly active tourism destination, rent prices will be quite high. You will note that many foreigners prefer to settle in condos due to their affordable prices, just like houses which are found in the city center. These housing options, though not as luxurious as hotel infrastructure, include commercial zones as well as restaurants, etc.

If you prefer to take the time to search for more appropriate accommodation, you can as well opt for a short-term rental. You may thus inquire on the different neighborhoods and determine where you would prefer to live, both in terms of costs and comfort level.

Moreover, many high-class real estate projects are ongoing across the city since some time.


Rent prices generally vary according to tourism seasons. These can reach up to US$ 3,000 monthly during peak seasons. Rent prices in the hotel zone revolve around US$ 5,500, irrespective of the season.

If you prefer to settle in the city center, you will need between US$ 1,800 and US$ 2,400 per month. Rent prices can be negotiated according to the lease duration.

Find accommodation

You can start your accommodation search by checking out classified ads in local newspapers or by registering with a real estate agency. You may also tour the city in order to identify “To Let” or “Se renta” signs on housing doors, windows and terraces. But you can also check out accommodation offers on the internet.

 Useful links:

AMPI Cancun – Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals
CompartoDepa – Flat sharing

Practical information

To avoid surprises during your accommodation in Cancun, you are advised to:

  • start by a short-term rental and take the time to identify more appropriate accommodation according to your preferences and budget
  • have a knowledge of Spanish to be able to better negotiate with owners (foreign language-speakers may find it hard to convince owners)
  • inquire on rent prices in the neighborhood before signing the lease documents
  • opt for a more than three months duration lease to be able to negotiate the rent price (prices are lower for long-term rental)
  • find accommodation between May and November, that is during the dry season (owners are more open to negotiation). 
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