Many of the best deals for Cancun are hotel and flight packages arranged by tour operators based in the United States. Here are a few suggestions for specific locations, with prices if booked directly through the hotel.
Where to stay
Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun
Kukulcan Boulevard, Kilometer 16.5
A sprawling five-star resort with a towering palapa above its main entrance, the Condesa weathered the hurricane well, with restaurants and bars, pools and rooms open for business. One notable change is the swimming beach, which suffered a setback last month when reconstructed sand washed away again. Doubles from $200 a night.
Presidente InterContinental Cancun Resort
Kukulcan Boulevard, Kilometer 7.5
Though the hotel was not severely damaged by the hurricane, InterContinental took advantage of the post-storm lull to renovate the aging hotel. Rooms and facilities are first-rate and the beach, set on the calmer bayside, is soft and white. Doubles from $168 a night.
El Rey del Caribe
Av. Uxmal y Nader
An eco-hotel in the city center, an oasis of calm behind a Colonial facade. A good choice for those on a budget, or looking for something away from the flair of the hotel strip. Double $53-$74.
Where to eat
Kukulcan Boulevard, Kilometer 10.5
A classic lagoon-side restaurant with open-air dining. Lobster is the specialty: A 2-pounder can go for $75.
Kukulcan Boulevard, Kilometer 9.5
If you're looking for a taste of Mexico, or at least what it's like in Cancun, visit this complex of three dining areas, one a patio and another designed like a traditional kitchen. The food is adventurous, but familiar, with a wide selection of steak, including one with a four-pepper sauce. Three-course meal, with a stiff margarita, about $60.
Plaza de Toros
Av. Bonampak and Sayil Street
Bullfights are 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, but a collection of open-air restaurants on the outside of the ring serve lunch daily. A good place for three tacos and a Sol beer, $10.