The Cancun Hotel Zone is basically one long road called Avenida Kukulcan and because of this it is easy to get around, and difficult to get lost – as long as you remember the Km designation of your hotel. There really is no need to rent a car if all you want to do is stay within the confines of the hotel zone. Taxis and buses are cheap, safe and run 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Kukulcan Avenue is 25km long with each km and half km marked at the side of the road by small tombstone shaped markers. Kilometers are measured from the downtown end so Km 0 is where Avenida Kukulcan meets downtown. Km 25 is where Kukulcan meets the airport turn off and highway 307, which leads south to Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
The Cancun hotel zone is often referred to as a ‘7’ this is because a plan view of the hotel zone looks very much like a figure 7. Places are often referred to as being “on top of the 7” i.e. the North facing side, or on the “side of the 7” i.e. the east facing side (see map below).