Although Cancun is known for its white beaches and party scene, there’s so much more to do here than throw back tequila shots with a bunch of spring breakers. Built almost exclusively for tourism, Cancun knows how to give visitors the best of both worlds—modern comfort and historical sites, as well as action-filled fun and relaxing tranquility. It’s full of cultural sites, natural beauty, tons of activities and luxurious hotel conveniences. Not only that, but it’s got not one, but five golf courses, several reefs for snorkeling and scuba-diving, Mayan temple tours and miles of clean beaches. Cancun also has a lot to offer those who don’t want to venture out into nature. With hundreds of bars and clubs, golf clubs, fancy resorts, spas and more, there's no excuse for being bored in Cancun. Did we mention the food? Cancun offers a variety of food including US-chain favorites, as well as an exotic blend of Mexican and European delicacies. If you want to experience Mexico in style, Cancun has got to be at the top of your list of must-see destinations.
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Why is Mexico everything to everyone? A quick visit to the east coast sums it up. Cancun’s got nightlife and a party scene while Cozumel offers outdoor adventure like diving and snorkeling. The west coast has even more to boast. Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta both offer beaches, world-class hotels and great golf courses, making them perfect family vacation spots. However, adventure-minded travelers will want to head to either Mazatlan to explore historic ruins or Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, which has a similar vibe, but with the feel of an upscale city. And for the escapist, Huatulco and Manzanillo boast virtually untouched natural beauty. While each destination is uniquely different, they all have their own special way of showing you the magic of Mexico.
Cancun Does Tourism Right
When Cancun first started developing in the 1970s, there were only three residents living there. Surprisingly enough, the area was completely deserted and was one of the poorest regions in Mexico. In 1967, the Mexican government agreed to fund a project that would turn the uninhabited island into a top tourist destination for Americans.
Forty years later, over half a million people now call Cancun home. Heralded as Mexico’s foremost tourist destination, Cancun International Airport sees over 200 flights a day. So whether you're a party-going spring breaker, an adventurist or simply bringing your family to Mexico for the first time, Cancun has over 148 hotels, bars and other entertainment destinations to make it one of the most visited destinations in the world.
Brand New Snow-White Beaches
After years of heavy foot traffic, hurricanes and the natural progression of time, Cancun underwent a major beach restoration in 2010. From this three month project, Cancun’s beaches were extended a dramatic 7-miles along the east side of the Hotel zone. Overall, the project cost about $70 million dollars, but the cost is well worth it as tourists now have plenty of space to enjoy a day in the sun!
If you're looking for a place to hang out and enjoy some Vitamin D, the new beaches have plenty of sights, sounds and palapas that are prime real estate for relaxing.
Across the world, Cancun is renowned for being a top tourist destination for families, college students and adventurists. With so many people traveling to the beautiful turquoise shores of Cancun, many worry about overcrowded hotels, beaches and overall confusion running through the streets. Never fear! There are more than 140 hotels with over 24,000 rooms and 350 restaurants in Cancun — so you never have to worry about being lost in the crowds.
Whether you want a comfy place to rest your head or enjoy a few rounds of tequila shots at the hottest bar in town, Cancun has plenty of venues to enjoy your next beach vacation. For an extra good time, check out some top resorts like Grand Oasis Cancun, Excellence Playa Mujeres or Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa which offer unmatched luxury and value.
Rich Cultural Heritage in a Party Destination
Simply put, the influence of the ancient Mayans is by far the crowning glory of Cancun. While many are drawn to the allure of posh bars and swanky hotels, the majesty of the Mayans is undeniable and continues to draw visitors time and time again.
With some of the finest jewels in modern archeology at your fingertips, visitors can experience the thrill of coming face-to-face with this amazing culture. Each location is easily accesible by bus, car or one of the many tours offered around the area. So what are you waiting for? Induldge your inner-archeaologist and start exploring the ancient world!
Tee-off Like the Greats in Cancun!
Whether you’re an award-winning professional or just a casual player who loves the occasional stroll around the course, Cancun’s championship golf courses offer some of the best views and games around!
Imagine teeing off with the Caribbean breeze flowing through your hair. Sound like a vacation worth traveling for? Regardless of your handicap, check out the Cancun Golf Club at Pok ta Pok or the Riviera Maya Golf Club for a great time in the fairways.
Catch a Croc in Cancun!
If you happen to be staying in the heart of the Hotel Zone, you may notice some curious creatures peeking out of the Nichupte Lagoon from time to time. While Cancun is known for its beautiful beaches, rocking nightlife and generous culture, the crocodiles who call the lagoon home have become a popular attraction all on their own. As the Hotel Zone expanded, a number of restaurants started feeding the crocs to the delight of guests so more often than not, you’ll catch a glimpse at one of Cancun’s favorite scaly creatures as you enjoy shots at Senor Frogs or fresh ceviche at El Fish Fritanga.
While it is important to practice caution around the animals, Cancun’s crocodiles have been rarely known to attack anyone. So if you’re adventurous and want to say, “hola!” to these toothy-creatures, you can rent jet skis, canoes and other water craft from a number of vendors right on the lagoon. Now that’s taking a walk on the wild side!
Cancun Quick Facts
The main language in Cancun is Spanish, but many in the tourism industry speak English.
The official currency is the peso, but USD is also accepted.
The standard electricity supply in Cancun is 110 volts with two-prong outlets
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Cancun.
To be safe, it is recommended to drink and brush your teeth with bottled water ONLY.
Central Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5 hours)
The peak travel season for Cancun runs from December to April.