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Located in the heart of the Zona Hotelera
The Gran Caribe is located in the heart of the Hotel Zone, a half hour drive from the airport. It is a great spot for people who want a beautiful beach with white sands and clear water along with restaurants, shops, and Cancun nightlife a quick drive away. Ciudad Cancun, where locals live and play, is a 25-minute drive away, so be ready to take a taxi or the bus to visit this area.
The Zona Hotelera (or Hotel Zone) is the megaresort, mega-mall area in La Isla Cancun that caters to mass tourism. 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, explore Ciudad Cancun, the real downtown, where smaller, better restaurants, local shops, and quieter bars are located.
The massive Gran Caribe is a four-pearl all-inclusive resort in Cancun's Hotel Zone with 487 suites. This beachfront option features a great location with bright white sands and clear waters just steps from the room. All rooms here are suites with living areas, balconies or terraces, and updated marble bathrooms. While there are eight on-site restaurants and eight bars, there are common complaints of mediocre food. This family-friendly choice -- with a kids' club, teen club, waterpark, and squash courts -- is good value, but Wi-Fi is not included in some room rates.