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Cancun is a coastal city, on the Caribbean Sea, in the south east of Mexico. It is situated in the north east of an area known as the Yucatan Peninsula or Riviera Maya.
As with most of Mexico, the history of this region started with the Maya race, who were the first to inhabit and develop it. There are many Maya archaeological sites throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, who have left their impact and heritage on the region.
The real development of this region did not start until 1970. There were only 3 people living in the city and only a hundred inhabitants in the whole region. Due to the lack of investment from outside sources, the government had to finance the first 9 hotels, in an attempt to kick-start the tourism industry.
The city was helped to develop as a tourism destination by a government programme called INFRATUR, but since then it has grown into being Mexico’s most famous resort, taking over from Acapulco. In 2007 it was awarded the ‘Best of the Best’ destination by the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), which cemented it’s position in Mexico and around the world.
Most occupants of Cancun are from Yucatan and other Mexican states, but these numbers have been increased by new inhabitants from America, Canada and Europe. The appeal is clear to see: weather, beach, attractions, culture, food, drink, but with added advantage of an excellent infrastructure, easily affordable standard of living and most importantly, great people. Mexicans are known for there friendly attitude and happy outlook on life, which is true!
This influx has meant that the city has grown to accommodate them, as well as the increased amount of tourists. Therefore, Cancun is no longer just ‘The Strip’, as it is known, it now has areas of interests, venues and resorts that stretch for miles. It has also helped the development of nearby destinations, such as Playa del Carmen and Tulum. At first, people would only go to these places if Cancun was full, but now they have taken on there own identity, so people chose them aswell.
A part of Mexico’s past, but not so much in the Yucatan Peninsula, was its problem with Drug Cartels. It is now more of a government level problem, so not seen on a day to day basis. Like any busy city in the world, it is there, but avoid the shady looking places and people and you would not encounter it!
The city spreads out from the down-town area, which is known as ‘El Centro’ which is made up of giant trapezoid shaped buildings with a central and open non-residential area, which is cut into by u-shaped residential streets. The open area has walk-ways and side-walks, plus a central garden/park feature (typical design of many Mexican cities).
Avenue Tulum is the main north to south road to the city and connects down-town Cancun to the Airport, which is only 30 kilometres away (20 minutes).
There are several interesting Mayan sites, such as El Rey (Las Ruinas del Ray) which is located within the city boundaries and El Meco, which is just outside the city limits in Punta Sam.
No matter what part of Cancun people are in, they are not far from the Caribbean Sea, which is one of its main attractions. That is why the city has grown adjacent to it with areas, venues and resorts such as Punta Sam, Puerto Cancun and Malecon Cancun etc. The harbour area is also popular, due to the cruises taken from there. Whale & Dolphin spotting and fishing trips are popular, plus the ferry to Isla Mujeres, which is a lovely destination in itself.
In and around Cancun are many children friendly activities including the large theme parks (type) venues such as Reo Secreto, Xcaraet and Xel-Ha. There is also horse riding, bowling, aquariums, plus most of the hotels have a full children’s activity list.
There are many ways to see all the attractions, as there are ticket sellers everywhere, but it is recommend that visitors use an established company. IVIDMC are known as being the best in business and their services include; Airport transfers, transport between destinations and access to all the attractions too. If people want to know more about the the whole region, they can make contact with Riviera Maya Tourism.
Cancun has become a very popular destination for ‘weddings’, as it has everything to make such an occasion perfect. Ceremonies that can take place on a white sandy beach with the backdrop of clear blue sky and calm blue sea, simply ideal!
The whole region is gaining a reputation of being a ‘relaxation hub’ as there are so many spa’s and venues that do beauty and medical treatments, plus people can take Yoga Classes virtually everywhere; in studios, hotels and actually on the beach!
The other increasing appeal of Cancun are the many shopping arcades and areas, some of the most popular are; Kukulcan Plaza, Plaza Caracol, Plaza Fiesta, Plaza Flamingo, Plaza Las Americas and La Isla Shopping Village. A very popular venue is Plaza Forum by the Sea which is a entertainment and shopping center and contains the famous; Coco Bongo, Carlos N Charlies, Hard Rock Cafe and The Rainforest Cafe.
Cancun is renown for its night-life and is a very popular destination for young clubbers, who drink and dance all night and in some cases all day too. Although, this is true, this main gathering of high-energy socialising is restricted to ‘the strip’ as it is known (remember, everyone was young once), so if this is not to a visitors taste, it is simple to avoid.
The sea and weather is the main reasons why some people visit the region and why not, it has a tropical climate, which means it is warm all year round. It has a high of 42, average high of 31 and an average low of 22 degrees centigrade.
Cancun is officially ‘the best of the best’, so no destination gets that title without deserving it. From Night Clubs to Yoga, this destination has everything for everyone. It also has the added advantage of having Playa del Carmen and Tulum nearby too, therefore many visitors now do a multi-destination holiday and visit all three !