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16 Cancún Airbnbs for an Unforgettable Beach Vacation

Cancún Epic Stays
by Hannah D. Cooper Molly O'Brien Mar 18, 2024

Aquamarine seas, powdery beaches, and an unlimited supply of tacos mean that Cancún never goes out of style. Mexico’s number one vacation destination has long been associated with all-inclusive hotels. But, Airbnb has transformed the Hotel Zone – or, the Zona Hotelera – into a destination that delivers all the luxuries of a 5-star resort with the comforts of home. Dive into our round-up and find the perfect Airbnb Cancún of your dreams.

We hope you love the Airbnb Cancún vacation rentals we recommend! Just so you know, Matador may collect a small commission from the links on this page if you decide to book a stay. Listed prices are accurate as of the time of publication.

Best overall Airbnb in Cancún, Yucatán Peninsula

Villa Dzul Ha – best location in Cancún

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This immaculate villa sits within a gated community in the northernmost sector of the Zona Hotelera. Your closest beach is free of seaweed and is considered one of the best in the Yucatán. Interiors are clean and homely with the indulgence of a private swimming pool and the option to bring your pet along. Book this Cancún Airbnb with chef service on top and you can look forward to a true vacation without lifting a finger.

Sixteen guests, six bedrooms
Price: $1,865 per night

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Cancún Airbnbs with chef service

It’s well-documented fact that sandwiches taste better when someone else prepares it for you. These Cancún Airbnbs come with chef service, so you can spend all your time relaxing rather than prep cooking.

Villa Cenzontle in Cancún Hotel Zone

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This beachside, three-story vacation home provides unparalleled views of the Caribbean Sea. Cool down in the private pool on the rooftop terrace and retreat to the reading nook when the temperatures soar. A daily breakfast is prepared and served on the premises and the host can arrange a chef to whip up lunches and dinners during your stay.

Ten guests, four bedrooms
Price: $480 per night

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Cancún Airbnbs on the beach

You’re visiting Cancún to hit the beach, so you might as well make it easy on yourself. These beachside Cancún Airbnbs are steps from the sand.

Five-bedroom, five-star feeling waterfront villa near downtown

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This five-star feeling, luxurious waterfront villa is in a great location in the center of the hotel zone and just a 10-minute drive to downtown Cancun and the club district.

There are four suites, each with its own en-suite bathroom and built-in flatscreen TVs. On the top level of the villa, guests will find the grand primary suite, separated and secluded from the rest of the house. This room has its own private patio with lounge furniture and overlooks a view of the bay. The second level is home to the private gym, dry sauna, and three more sleeping suites with en-suite bathrooms and sizable walk-in closets.

In the air-conditioned main living room area, gather around the giant TV, which is equipped with streaming services and a Bose sound bar system. And if the TV’s not big enough, there’s a full movie theater room on-site, boasting a 150-inch move screen and projector. The gourmet kitchen is fully stocked with all the cooking equipment needed for a tasty meal. In the backyard, hang out on the boat dock with its furnished palapa and water views.

The daily housekeeping services (included in the cleaning fee) keep the house feeling fresh, and there’s a dedicated concierge to help plan any off-site excursions. The Villa’s main entrance is locked every night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and overseen by a property-wide security team.

Twelve guests, five bedrooms
Price: $1,402

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Beachfront villa with private security and walking access to Plaza la Isla

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This upscale, comfortable beachfront villa nicknamed “Villa Conchita” is nestled within a private condominium complex of ten houses in a peaceful and safe area (with its own 24/7 security). It’s right in the heart of the Hotel Zone, within a few minutes’ walking distance from Plaza la Isla’s famous restaurants, bars, shopping and entertainment opportunities. Guests will enjoy private access to the beach, the option to rent out an outdoor grill at the complex’s shared patio space, and access to a private community pool within the condominium complex.

Wake up listening to the sounds of ocean waves or take in the sights of the stunning sunsets from the outdoor terrace space. Three out of the five rooms in the villa boast ocean views. Inside the condo, there’s a fully equipped kitchen, a bar space with an array of glasses for any type of cocktail, a private laundry room, and the option to reserve a private chef service on request. Gather around the 60-inch Roku RV outfitted with streaming services, or sink into the warmth of the private jacuzzi. Or enjoy the large terrace space for breakfast with a view, to sunbathe or just relax.

Ten guests, five bedrooms
Price: $599 per night

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Oceanfront villa with a gorgeous private pool

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This beautiful four-bedroom villa is adjacent to Playa Delfines — meaning easy access to the sand from an elevated perspective with the safety of 24-hour security. Inside, the decor is airy and warm with a beach theme, immersing visitors in the feeling of being on vacation. Guests can use the on-site swimming pool or lounge on the large terrace and admire the views.

When it’s time to sleep, the first bedroom has a King-size bed, a queen-size bed, and a sliding double-size bed. The second bedroom has a single king-size bed. The third bedroom has two double-size beds. The fourth bedroom has a queen-size bed and a sliding double-size bed. This means that the total number of visitors the house can sleep comfortably is a whopping 15 people. The villa is within walking distance of a few local attractions like restaurants, bars, and a convenience store, but visitors likely won’t want to leave with views and amenities like this.

Fifteen guests, four bedrooms
Price: $877 per night

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Beautiful apartment near the beach with exclusive club access

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This spacious property is part of La Amada Residences — a 5-star luxury apartment complex boasting upscale amenities inside and outside the apartment itself. The decor is bright and beachy inside the apartment, with lots of light and plant life.

Guests can enjoy incredible water views from the cozy hammock and the large balcony space — and it’s easily accessible to the beach. Visitors to this property also enjoy exclusive benefits, including access to a private beach, beach club and restaurant, on-site tennis and basketball courts, multiple pools (two rooftop pools, one by the beach and one on the ground floor), and a clean fitness center.

The bedroom is outfitted with a king-sized bed, and there’s a pull-out queen-sized bed in the living room. Make a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, or wash the sand out of a bathing suit in the laundry room. Relax in the large soaking tub in the bathroom or on the comfortable L-shaped couch in front of the sizable TV, which has streaming access to Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Four guests, one bedroom
Price: $118 per night

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Beachfront Mediterranean-inspired mansion

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This enormous beachfront villa feels more like a Mediterranean-inspired mansion than a standard house. There are five bedrooms, each with a private bathroom and air conditioning unit, a private pool, a basketball court, a full chef’s kitchen, a garden, and direct beachfront access.

The romantic Spanish-style architecture is inspiring, with soaring arches and bright white columns digging into the sand. Unique design touches like the intricate tilework and impressive wooden columns in the common areas usher in an imposingly powerful but dreamy atmosphere into the interior spaces.

There’s a full kitchen for cooking and a dining room table seats more than a dozen people at once. The enormous living room is outfitted with multiple couches facing the double doors that open to the ocean, letting in the scent of the sea air. It’s the ultimate luxurious dream for those who want to stay right on the sand.

Sixteen-plus guests, five bedrooms
Price: $1,102

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Exclusive, luxurious condo in Puerto Cancún

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This luxurious, three-bedroom condo is located inside a secure, gated community — and has everything needed to enjoy a relaxing vacation.

Spend time on the common rooftop area, which boasts amazing ocean views, or lounge in the infinity pool or jacuzzi with a drink from the cash bar. There’s also a barbecue grill, a fitness center, a dedicated kids play area, and access to the beach via a private bridge.

Inside the condo, cook a meal in the stunning kitchen, which is outfitted with bright, clean stone countertops and stainless steel appliances, before gathering at the sleek glass dining room table (which has a beautiful view of the city). Or, gather around the big flatscreen TV in the living room space. There’s even a desk in a dedicated workspace for those who need to connect while traveling remotely.

Five guests, three bedrooms
Price: $207 per night

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Treehouse bungalow nestled into the jungle with beachfront access

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These two relaxing jungle palapa tree houses feel like living in the forest. Together, the properties boast three bedrooms (two king beds and one queen) and an amazing outdoor terrace with awe-inspiring ocean views and tropical vibes. The first palapa house is a two-story structure with two separate suites featuring their own private bathroom. This tree house has a full kitchen and dining area for all guests to share. The second, smaller but just as charming palapa house on-site is a beachfront retreat right on the sand, with its own private bathroom. It’s a great spot for groups to gather and enjoy their own space outside of organized activities.

Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $292 per night

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Private villa in a beautiful oceanfront community

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This stunning villa, nicknamed “El Cielo,” which translates to “heaven,” is a hidden gem of a private property boasting over 200 feet of beachfront beauty overlooking Isla Mujeres. On-site, visitors can enjoy the common spaces like the sparkling infinity pool, the lavish gardens, and the

spacious patio. Royal blue and yellow decor make the shared rooms feel bright and sunny. Outside, there’s a tropical-feeling palapa with hammocks and a barbecue grill. Inside are two spacious bedrooms, a living room, and a fully equipped and well-stocked kitchen. It feels like a private and secluded spot for couples seeking a romantic escape or for a group of friends who want their own space on a Cancun getaway.

Eight guests, two bedrooms
Price: $399 per night

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Enormous, peaceful beachfront villa with infinity pool, walkable to restaurants and nightlife

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This stunning, air-conditioned villa sleeps twelve people with a lavish infinity pool boasting ocean views and plenty of room for relaxing indoors or outside. The villa is located in a peaceful gated community with a 24/7 security guard in one of the most coveted areas in Cancun. It’s close enough to the action of the hotel zone to offer plenty of fun, but in a secluded, quiet location to retire to after a night out.

Inside, cook a meal in the enormous, fully equipped kitchen outfitted with classic caramel-colored wooden cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Relax in the impressive living room or second smaller TV room space. Gather around the indoor dining room table, which can comfortably seat more than half a dozen people to dine or play a game together. Lounge on the couch in the living room, which is decorated with eclectic modern art, or get some work done in the dedicated makeshift office space, which boasts a huge wooden desk (and a view of the sea). There are two bedrooms with king-sized beds and two bedrooms with double beds. Tile flooring keeps the interior rooms nice and cool, and the large windows allow for plenty of natural light. Outside, relax on the enormous terrace with abundant seating, a gorgeous infinity pool, a pizza oven, and a barbecue grill. It’s a great place for groups to feel close to the city’s attractions and have peace and privacy.

Twelve guests, four bedrooms
Price: $1,076 per night

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Upscale penthouse just a short distance from Cancun’s best nightlife

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The views of the powder-soft white sand beaches and the sparkling turquoise sea water from this apartment’s 180° panoramic views are stunning. It’s an easy walking distance to Cancun’s best nightlife, including Cocobongo, Mandala, Dady’o, and The City, among other hotspots. Outside of the apartment (but part of the complex), guests can use the two large pools, beach club, and restaurant.

The apartment was recently remodeled, with handmade wooden furniture and artsy furnishings, marble fixtures, custom sun lounge beds for soaking in the sunshine, and even an alkaline water filtration system — meaning no need to buy water bottles. The kitchen includes high-tech cooking equipment, a wine fridge, and the usual appliances. There’s a 55″ OLED 4K HD TV on a swivel, meaning guests can watch it from all over the condo — and it includes streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and more.

Spend time relaxing in the soaking tub, overlooking the ocean or resting in the comfortable bed. Other modern technology touches include a heated bidet system and motorized blackout curtains.

Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $449 per night

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Unique with private beach and pool at Cancún Plaza

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This beachfront Airbnb Cancún condo comes with direct access to the sand, a private plunge pool, and a grill. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms guarantee that all guests have sufficient space. Communal facilities at the resort include an infinity pool and restaurant. Situated off Kukulcan Boulevard, the property is convenient but away from the crowds of the middle Zona Hotelera neighborhood.

Five guests, two bedrooms
Price: $250 per night

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Luxury beachfront villa – Casa Del Mar – Hotel Zone

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Situated at the northern end of the Zona Hotelera, this luxurious Cancún Airbnb on the beach benefits from the tranquility of a gated estate. The rental has its own swimming pool and hot tub with immediate access to the semi-private beach. Interiors are light and airy with seven modern bathrooms ensuring that there are no morning squabbles.

Fourteen guests, six bedrooms
Price: $2,215 per night

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Cancún Airbnbs with private pool

Why share the cool waters with anyone outside your party? These Cancun Airbnbs with a private pool allow you to soak and swim to your heart’s content, no matter the time of day.

Hotel Zone – private pool – Cancún – beach access

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Your gorgeous Cancún Airbnb with a private pool is ornamented with lush greenery and waterfall elements to create a jungle escape. Bedrooms are appointed with handcrafted furniture and high-thread count linens to deliver supreme levels of comfort. Located in the beating heart of the Zona Hotelera, you’ve got beaches, restaurants, and tourist amenities directly on your doorstep.

Twelve guests, four bedrooms
Price: $445 per night

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All-inclusive Airbnbs in Cancún

Here’s a little known fact about Cancún Airbnbs: Some of them are located in all-inclusive resorts. These properties offer the security and familiarity of booking through Airbnb, with all the perks of a full-fledged resort.

One-bedroom all-inclusive Cancún beachfront resort

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This all-inclusive Airbnb in Cancún grants access to a one-bedroom suite and communal facilities at the Sunset Marina Resort. The space includes a private hot tub with an ocean view. During your stay, you’ll receive full board and alcoholic beverages with the option to attend on-site yoga classes and enjoy unlimited use of non-motorized water sports equipment.

Six guests, one bedroom
Price: $220 per night

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