Hostels in Cancún, Mexico

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Get to know Cancún (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Cancún. To help you make friends with Cancún before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Cancún is also named and spelled Cancun - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
 Get to know Cancún (no more

Famous as a spring-break destination and for the great influx of American tourists wanting a taste of the Caribbean lifestyle, Cancún is much more than the all-inclusive-resort paradise it's famous for being!

The city is informally divided into two different areas. The first one is downtown, where the locals live and that feels like any other regular Mexican city, with streets full of life, Mexican food counters, and traffic with buses full of hospitality-industry-employed locals. The other one is the glamorous "zona hotelera," or hotel zone. The hotels are lined up on a strip of land bordered by blue waters and white sands. Most accommodation options in this area are massive, all-inclusive resorts surrounded by a few clubs that offer an alternative for nights out for those tourists wanting to take a vacation from their resort.

Downtown, though, is where the budget hostels in Cancún and guesthouses with more of a family and local taste are. If you are on a budget, head downtown for accommodation and food and to the hotels area during the day to enjoy the paradise-like beaches. Contrary to what most people believe, Cancun is not an exclusive destination for the wealthy ones and you can really get around without spending much, if you know where to go!

No matter where you decide to spend your nights, all beaches in Cancún are public and although sometimes the big resorts can block the view from the street toward the ocean, you can access them through walkways with pointing boards with each beach's name on it.

Written by local enthusiast for Cancún hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Cancún hostels zararock

FAQ about Cancún Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Cancún. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Cancún. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Cancún costs on average $20 for a dorm. A hostel in Cancún with private rooms costs on average $69. shows all 32 Hostels in Cancún. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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Nomads Hotel Hostel & Rooftop Pool is the best rated hostel for partying in Cancún.

It offers: Bar, Nightclub.

Your Packing List for Cancún

Your Packing List for Cancún

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Cancún and Mexico.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Cancún Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Cancún, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
32 Total number of hostels
$20 Average dorm price
$69 Average private room price
$11 Cheapest hostel in Cancún
Hostal De La Luz Cancun is the cheapest
11 Party hostels in Cancún
Most Cancún hostels are located in
Colonia Centro, Hotel Zone
6.6 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Cancún - from the Community

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