Vacation Homes, VRBOs, and Airbnb in Cancun, Mexico: 15 Amazing Places to Stay

written by local expert Jane Elmets

Jane always knew she wasn't destined for a desk job... She has travelled all over the world and is passionate about noodles, sloths and her hiking boots! When she isn't busy adventuring around the world, you can find her reviewing travel gear and dishing out travel tips to all the places she's visited.

Are you looking for the best Airbnb in Cancun? We’ve put together a complete round-up of the ultimate vacation homes, VRBOs, and. Airbnbs in Cancun, Mexico so you can make the most of the sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and sunny skies.

While the resorts around Cancun may be a tourist mecca, if you’re looking for a more low-key local experience, without totally breaking the bank, staying at a vacation rental while in Cancun is the way to go. Airbnbs are also an awesome choice in Cancun if you’re traveling with a group of friends or with a significant other. 

Keep reading to find your next stay down south! 

Editor’s Note: Please note that Airbnb recently made changes to their program so in this article, we are also including links to other options like VRBO or

What to Expect from Airbnbs in Cancun

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in North America, Cancun is flooded with Airbnbs of all different types. They range in prices and distance from the beach, but overall are generally one of your best bets for finding a place to stay that’s not a giant luxury resort.

Most locals live in apartments, so this is what’s most commonly rented out on Airbnb in Cancun. However, these apartments can be super basic studios with simple amenities to full-blown serviced high rises overlooking the beach.

You will find the odd villa or house listed, which are ultra-luxurious and often come with private pools and oceanfront views. 

For budget travelers, there are also lots of private rooms on Airbnb in Cancun so that you can have a nice place to rest your head in between lounging in the sun. 

One thing to note about Airbnbs in Cancun is that since it’s such a popular destination, many of the stays are booked far in advance. If you have upcoming travel plans, double check the best time to go to Cancun and then jump on Airbnb right away to check out what’s available.  

So what can you really expect when you book different kinds of accommodations on Airbnb in Cancun?

Private Rooms

Looking for more privacy than a hostel dorm can offer? There are heaps of private rooms in Cancun Airbnbs that guarantee that the room is all yours. Private rooms are still pretty inexpensive, typically between $12 and $20 per night, but are a great taste of local life.

In most cases, private rooms are a room in a house with a local in Cancun, who can show you the ropes about life in Mexico (or leave you in peace, if that’s what you prefer). Otherwise, there are private rooms in hotels, too. 

Entire Home

One of the biggest perks of Airbnb is that you can book out an entire apartment or house for your trip. In Cancun, an entire place typically means an apartment or a condo, but there are also some lavish villas and crazy designer houses that are listed.

An entire place can range from $15 per night to several hundred, but since many of them have extra bedrooms, they’re perfect if you’re traveling with a group. 

Top Tip: Make sure you don’t forget anything for your trip. Check out our Airbnb Packing List guide.

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15 Best Vacation Homes and Airbnbs in Cancun

Here’s a round-up of the 15 best vacation rentals in Cancun! Whether you’re looking for something close to the beach, super private, or ultra-luxurious, Airbnbs in Cancun have it all.

Modern & Private Cancun Casa

Modern & Private Cancun Casa
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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1.5B)

Location: Lombardo Toledano

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

An ultra-budget apartment, this Airbnb in Cancun is ideal if you hope to be within walking distance to all the markets, street food, and most importantly, the beach. 

The space is well equipped with comfortable furniture, bright accents and fun tiling around the kitchen area. 

There are two decently sized bedrooms to make your own during the trip, and a glorious little back patio for sipping your morning coffee.

Why We Love It: Basic apartment in excellent location with lots of style.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Great place to stay. Vinny was amazing, I needed some money and she drove me to the ATM. She gave me great recommendations on how to get around and a great places for tacos on the corner. So warm and welcome.”

“Karl’s place was great and he had great communication! Great amenities, smelled great, and was super clean!! Has your own parking place. The Bowl Bar is a great healthy breakfast place near by!”

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2 Bedroom Ocean View

cancun vrbo apartment oceanside
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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Puerto Juarez

Price: $

If you’re looking for a beautiful but lowkey apartment in Cancun, check out this stunning 2 bedroom oceanside apartment featuring jaw dropping views of the Caribbean sea. The apartment gives you access to resort like facilities including a large pool, bar, and restaurant plus a local beach.

Everything that you need for a fantastic stay is provided in this 2-bedroom apartment!

Why We Love It: Resort like stays for a fraction of the price!

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cancun beachfront apartment

Beachfront Apartment

Type: (Entire Apartment | 2 B, 2B)

Location: Puerto Juarez

Price: $

You can’t ask for much more with this beautiful oceanview apartmentthat is stylishly decorated. This 2 bedroom condo was recently remodelled and boasts of an incredible garden and sea view. This well-located complex features a gorgeous pool, direct access to the beach, and an onsite restaurant, plus a large children’s play area.

The kitchen is well equipped with everything that you need and the apartment also comes with high speed WIFI. If you’re looking for a relaxing but easy on the wallet vacation home in Cancun, look no further as this places is equipped with everything you need.

Why We Love It: The balcony views!

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Designer Apartment

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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 3B)

Location: Downtown Cancun

Price: $

If you’re looking for an ultra stylish and modern place to stay, this 3-bedroom apartment is perfect for you! The place comes with a fully equipped kitchen, baths, soft king and queen sized beds, and air-conditioning.

The condo is located in a apartment complex complete with 24/7 security, a pool, and a gym. Located right in the heart of downtown Cancun, you’re never far way from the action if you stay here.

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Brand New Apartment Downtown Cancun

cancun condo

Type: Entire Home (2BR, 3B)

Location: Downtown Cancun

Price: $

Mexico is one of the few places where you can rent an entire flat on a mid-range budget, like this. It’s in an ideal location if you’re looking for a place thats right in downtown, close to the beach and all the best restaurants.

This vacation home itself has two bedrooms and one bathroom, but is able to sleep up to five people. Wander outside and get access to a handful of incredible, shared amenities that include a rooftop with a pool overlooking the ocean, an outdoor dining area, a drinks bar, and a well-equipped fitness center,

Why We Love It: Great amenities 

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Amara Cancun Beachfront Caribe

Amara Cancun Beachfront Caribe

Type: Entire Home (2BR, 2B) 

Location: Beachfront

Superhost: No

Price: $$

This stunning mid-range apartment is the perfect stay for anyone looking to be right on the beachfront in Cancun. As soon as you walk into the space, you’re met with ocean views as far as the eyes can see.

The condo has a large living area, dining room and kitchen, so you can enjoy meals at home in between lying on the sand, with a balcony for enjoying your morning coffee. There’s also one large master bedroom with lots of storage space, and a guest room with two twin beds.

During your stay, be sure to take advantage of the complex’s pool, palapas, BBQs and restaurants!

Why We Love It: Beachfront apartment with lots of amenities

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Oceanfront Villa

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Type: Entire Home (4BR, 4B)

Location: Hotel Zone

Price: $$

If you’re looking for a beachfront vacation rental without spending crazy amounts of money on a resort, this super modern villa is one of our top picks!

Guests have access to this entire place, complete with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The entire place is stunning with modern furnishings, cushy beds, and plenty of hangout space.

This vacation home is located directly in front of the ocean where you can walk out onto the terrace to the stunning infinity swimming pool, which has tons of beach beds. The villa comes with multiple levels, and a terrace where you can enjoy breakfast while gazing at the Caribbean Sea. Highly recommended for large groups of friends or families.

Why We Love It: Beachfront access!

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Luxury Beachfront Residence

Type: Entire Home (4BR, 5B)

Location: Beachfront

Price: $$

 This stylish oceanfront apartment is a choice Airbnb in Cancun as it has unparalleled beach access and a cushy interior you’re sure to love.

There’s a plush living room with comfortable furniture and beach colors, along with an outdoor deck overlooking the ocean.

This vacation home can sleep up to 14 people, making it perfect for large families or groups of friends. Each room is equipped with a Smart TV and air-conditioning.

Not only do you have beach access with this place but you’re also only 5 to 10 minutes to the major area such as shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainments in the hotel zone.

Why We Love It: Beachfront apartment but still close to restaurants

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Casa Tortugas

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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 2B)

Location: Zona Hotelera

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

Located in the lagoon side of the hotel zone, this beautiful vacation home in Cancun provides a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle. Complete with infinity pool, large garden, and beautiful views,  this place can be your home away from home. 

The house is decked out with a complete kitchen, and even laundry facilities! For some fresh sea breeze first thing in the morning, head out onto the balcony and soak in the view. The place also comes with a full VIP concierge service to help you enjoy the best of Cancun.

Why We Love It: Peaceful stay

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Oceanfront 2 Bedroom Apartment

Oceanfront 2 Bedroom Apartment

Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1B)

Location: Near El Meco Archaeological Site

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

A charming Airbnb in Cancun, this beachfront apartment is an excellent spot to soak up the warm rays. The biggest draw to this stay is the picture perfect balcony with beach and ocean views as far as the eye can see.

The inside of this apartment is upscale and unique, with an open plan living room, dining room and kitchen. The main bedroom has a king size bed, while the second sleeping space is in a loft above the living area.

There’s air conditioning throughout the apartment, as well as access to the complex’s amenities like pools, beach beds and a fitness center.

Why We Love It: Beachfront apartment with a loft and huge balcony.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Laura is a fantastic host and her property was exactly as described. She’s super responsive, has amazing advice and recommendations, and keeps a beautiful and clean property. 10/10 I will definitely stay at one of her properties again when I’m back in Mexico.”

“Laura is a super great host. Communication is excellent. She goes the extra mile to make sure everything about your stay is perfect. A beautiful space with great views from the balcony and steps from the beach. Apartment was clean and comfortable.”

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Puerto Juarez 4 Bedroom House

Puerto Juarez 4 Bedroom House

Type: Entire Home (4BR, 3.5B)

Location: Playa Blanca

Superhost: No

Price: $$$

This lavish four bedroom homeis an ideal place to enjoy Cancun with a group of friends or family. The home is huge, with lots of room to spread out or enjoy each other’s company.

This Airbnb in Cancun features an expansive kitchen and dining room, with a cozy living room off to the side. Upstairs, you’ll find the elegant bedrooms with brightly colored walls and pattered bedspreads, aka the perfect place to relax after a long day in the sun.

The home has laundry machines, three and a half bathrooms, and a gorgeous outdoor space that includes a private pool.

Why We Love It: Colorful group home with a private pool.

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Oceanfront Private Villa

Type: Entire Home (4BR, 5B)

Location: Zona Hotelera

Price: $$$

This magnificent vacation home in Cancun is the perfect choice for groups or families, as it can comfortably sleep 10.

The villa itself is steps away from the beach and is actually located within a resort, allowing you to enjoy all the amenities without having to pay extravagant prices! Staying here gives you access to 2 large pools, a children’s pool, hot tubs, and sun loungers right in front of the beach.

Aside from being steps away from the beach, staying in this vacation rental also comes with daily housekeeping.

Why We Love It: beachfront and perfect for groups or families.

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Stunning Beachfront Villa

vacation rental villa cancun

Type: Entire Home (3BR, 4B)

Location: Beachfront, Zona Hotelera

Price: $$$

This modern beachfront home in Cancun is nothing short of dreamy. It can accommodate up to 8 guests and is 50 steps away from the pool and about 100 steps away from the beach. Talk about being right by the ocean!

It’s located in 28-villa community which means its a lot more private and secure. Located in the South end of the hotel zone, you are literally a few steps away from world-class restaurants, golf courses, convenient stores, and more.

Why We Love It: The ocean views from bed are simply out of this world. 

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Resort Living 3 Bedroom Villa

cancun vacation rental

Type: Entire Home (3BR, 3.5B)

Location: Quite side of Zona Hotelera

Price: $$$

For a real treat while visiting Cancun, book this entire private villa and make the most of your time in this tropical place. The villa has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen (professional chef at request) and living room. 

The villa is located steps away from the Ocean and boasts of incredible Caribbean views for a fraction of the price! Guests have raved about the property manager and how he will go out of his way to make your stay incredible.

Why We Love It: Access to a pool and the beach

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Tuunich Villa Turquesa

cancun rental

Type: Entire Home (6BR, 9B)

Location: Zona Hotelera

Price: $$$

If you’re on the hunt for designer accommodation in Cancun, you can’t miss out on this epic villa in right by Zona Hotelera. This place is massive with 6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, making it the perfect escape for groups (it accommodates up to 15 guests). 

The house has a private pool and is steps away from the stunning turquoise blue waters that Cancun is famous for. Located near the top restaurants and convenient stores, this place is a steal for the price! Highly recommend!

Why We Love It: Incredible views for large groups

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Where you stay can make all the difference when it comes to a vacation. For unbeatable hospitality, unique stays, and privacy you can’t find anywhere else, these Airbnbs in Cancun make the perfect picks for whatever trip you have coming up.

Happy travels!

Things to Do in Cancun

Looking for ideas on what to do in Cancun during your time there? Check out some of these local Airbnb experiences in the area that we recommend.

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