Cancun is one of the most important tourist complexes in Mexico and the world. Its superb location, its year-round mild climate, and its gorgeous, warm, sandy white beaches washed by the Caribbean Sea are ideal for water sports.
Cancun has a first rate tourist infrastructure and services. The most famous hotel chains in the world have combined luxury and comfort with hospitality and all of them offer access to tennis courts and relaxing spas.
Cancun iIs a coastal city in Mexico's easternmost state, Quintana Roo, on the Yucatán Peninsula. It is the municipal seat of Benito Juárez municipality and a world-renowned tourist resort. The city center is located on the mainland which connects over the Nichupté and Bojórquez lagoons to a narrow island where the modern beachfront hotels are located.
Cancun is blessed with various archaeological vestiges.There are even several archeological sites right within Cancun's hotel zone. The most frequently visited Mayan ruin sites (with the exception of Tikal in Guatemala) are all in Mexico, and can be reached by air, bus, or car from Cancun.
Ruinas El Rey are located in front of Playa Delfines. Any taxi or bus on Kukulcan Boulevard can take you there easily. The visit won't take you more than an hour.
It is an ideal site to relax, become familiar with Maya culture and to witness the numerous iguanas that chose these ancient temples as it´s home.
Originally known as Ekab (Black Earth), what is now the northern district of the state of Quintana Roo was thickly populated by people speaking the language now known as Maya when the Spanish arrived, according to conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo. In the years after the Conquest, most of the population died or left as a result of disease, warfare, piracy and other factors, leaving only small settlements on Isla Mujeres and Cozumel Island.
According to the Cancún User's Guide by Jules Siegel (an American journalist who has resided in Cancún since 1983), Cancún resulted from a 1967 study by Banco de México to determine the feasibility of capturing more dollars and other foreign exchange through tourism development. Siegel, who was the translator of Fernando Martí's "Cancun, Fantasy of Bankers," explains that although the story goes that Cancún was picked by a computer, it was actually selected after extensive research and exploration by the bank's researchers.
Banco de México obtained a $27 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank to install the first infranstructure. When development was started on Jan. 23, 1970, Isla Cancún had only three residents, caretakers of the coconut plantation of don José de Jesús Lima, who lived on Isla Mujeres, and there were only 117 people living in nearby Puerto Juárez, a fishing village and military base.
"Due to the reluctance of investors to bet on an unknown area," Siegel writes, "the Mexican government had to finance the first nine hotels." He reports that the first hotel financed was the Cancun Caribe (now a Hyatt hotel), but that the first hotel actually built was the Playa Blanca, now the Blue Bay Village. The entire project was master-planned, with the island (soon connected to the mainland by a causeways) devoted almost exclusively to tourism facilities, while workers housing and service areas were located on the mainland in what became the city of Cancún.
The city has grown rapidly over the past thirty years to become a city of approximately 600,000 residents, covering the former island and the nearby mainland. Most 'cancunenses' here are from Yucatán and other Mexican states. A growing number are from the rest of America and Europe, according to Siegel. He says that municipal authorities have struggled to provide public services for the constant influx of people, as well as to control squatters and irregular developments, which now occupy an estimated ten to fifteen percent of the mainland area on the fringes of the city. Siegel goes into more detail about common misconceptions concerning Cancun in a three-part article Cancun Bashing Is in Season, a brief portion of which was published in The Nation on October 20, 2003 as a letter in response to what he considered an inaccurate report by journalist Marc Cooper.
Cancun's beaches are formed by sand of calcareous origin, accounting for its white color, its fine texture and temperature, always cool regardless of the sun's strong rays.
In Cancun, two beach zones can be distinguished: the first is located in the north of the hotel zone, facing Isla Mujeres and is protected by its location within the bay. Due to its calm waves, it is ideal for children and to practice aquatic activities like jet skiing, water skiing or sailing.
The other beach zone is located on the eastern side of the hotel zone, facing the open sea. It is a group of spectacular beaches, with waves whose intensity varies according to the season. For your safety, hotel beaches and the marinas use colored warning flags. Before swimming, we suggest consider them.
Bordered on one side by the vast Caribbean Sea and by extensive lagoons on the other, Cancun's hotel zone is a paradise for aquatic activities. The numerous marinas offer from an entire day of fishing in the high seas to diving classes and deep-sea diving, including a visit to sharks' caves or the zones inhabited by whale sharks and sting rays. In Cancun are various places of diversion for all the family, asi as a without end of activities for the diversion and the recreacion, as for example: If it wants to know better the fund of the sea, to hit the color reefs coralinos or simply to enjoy the water templadas and crystalline of the ocean, the Navies offer it since a day fishes itself or a certificación of buzo, until a tour by the forest by jetski. It is able velear by the bay to the nearby Island Women, to practice the esnorquel, the tablavela, or the surf-kite. If it prefers to be exercised also courts of tennis they exist and fields of golf, carved in the forest or to the edge of the sea, that they offer a great experience so much for principiantes as for professionals.
Cancún, is also, full excursions departure point of adventures in the region that carry to discover islands of daydream and majestuosos places arqueológicosdel world maya, to practice extreme sports as the Rappel, the tirolesa or the bicycle of mountain and to live together with the people maya in its communities.
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In the hotel-zone, which is 21 miles long, the malls are spread out. These malls are quite nice and sell almost anything you can think of.
In Cancun malls you will find fashion boutiques, purchase gifts, travel needs, sporting goods, quality liquor, a large number of mexican crafts stores and more.Cancun is a duty-free zone; here you pay the lowest prices in Mexico on items such as perfume, spirits and fine jewelry.
Nights in the Mexican Caribbean are an invitation to dancing and have fun. The entertainment scene is plentiful of options, from Discos for the more active to piano bars for those in a romantic mood.
Cancun offers a wide variety of Discos and Fun Bars, with an ample variety to ensure that you will find the right place to fulfill your expectations.