- Entire hotel needs updating
- Beach waves can be a bit rough
- Tons of staircases can be tiresome to maneuver
- Premium alcohol is not included
- Wi-Fi for a fee
On a small white-sand beach in the middle of the Hotel Zone, but a good drive from downtown Cancun
Along a small, beautiful beach near the middle of the Hotel Zone, the Barcelo Tucancun is equidistance from the airport and downtown Cancun -- about a 25-minute drive. It is a great spot for those who want to be in the center of the lively Hotel Zone, and close to shops at La Isla, a modern shopping center.
The Zona Hotelera (or Hotel Zone) is the mega-resort, mega-mall area in Isla Cancun that caters to mass tourism. The nightlife is one of its main draws, as are its shops and restaurants -- but there's little of Cancun's original flavor here. To get a hint of what that is, you'll have to take a cab to Ciudad Cancun, the real downtown, where smaller, better restaurants, local shops, and quieter bars are located.
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