A mere forty years ago, Cancun was a fisherman’s village with paradisiac beaches on the coast of Yucatan. In just a few years it underwent a substantial transformation and became Mexico’s most internationally renowned tourist center, with 22 kilometers of white, sandy beaches and turquoise waters alongside magnificent natural landscapes.
Cancun offers first class accommodation, an exceptional restaurant offer, shopping malls, a number of theme parks and all kinds of sports. It is the perfect combination of beaches, fun and culture, and you can choose between spending the day lying in the sun or visiting the extraordinary remains of Mayan cities. The best time of the year to go there is from November to May, when the days are warm and dry and the nights are very pleasant.
Mayan cities feature majestic temples and pyramids that were mainly used for ceremonial purposes. Cancun only has a few ruins and yet it is considered the gateway to the mysterious world of the Mayans. The most interesting and important Mayan cities are not far from there. Tulum, known as the walled city, is right by one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mayan Riviera. Chichén Itzá, considered the foremost city of Mayan culture, is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and has the most extensive and important Mayan ruins. Cobá, with many constructions still covered by the jungle, has one of the pyramids that can still be climbed up, Nohoch Mul.
Along the coast of the Mayan Riviera there are hundreds of cenotes, natural swimming holes where the warm waters from underwater rivers surface. You can swim in them or go snorkeling among the colorful fishes, and even practice rappelling wherever you find waterfalls.
There is also plenty of marine fauna near the coast that is easy to watch thanks to the crystal-clear waters and the white, sandy seabed—perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. From July to September you can go on excursions and swim alongside huge whale sharks.
Cancun has several theme parks to suit every taste and all ages. Xcaret is the most important eco-archaeological park in Mexico. Aquarium is an impressive interactive aquarium. Selvatica features zip-glides and tours on horseback. Crococun is a crocodile farm, and Xel-Há is the world’s largest natural aquarium.
The food offer is large and varied, ranging from the ubiquitous American fast food chains to luxury restaurants with menus created by the best chefs in the world. The best thing you can do is try Mexican food. Two of the major restaurants in Cancun are La Habichuela, famous for its excellent cuisine, and Labná, renowned for its dishes taken from the Yucateca cuisine.
Cancun nightlife ranks among the most famous in Latin America, with live music or the combinations offered by disc jockeys. You shouldn’t miss out on discotheques such as Coco Bongo, Mandala and The City.
Cancun is a never-ending party at one of the most beautiful scenarios on earth. Feel like coming along?
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