Cancun is a Mexican city located in south-eastern Mexico, resting on the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Caribbean side of the country. For decades Cancun has been one of Mexico's top holiday spots.
Those adventuring to Cancun can expect a tropical climate with year-round warm temperatures. The city does experience a rainy season, but the temperatures remain comfortable throughout the year. Cancun averages a temperature of 27°C, making it a top spot 365 days a year. 
Despite being a regular spring break destination for university students, Cancun offers more than just beaches and warm ocean water. Although beaches and warm water are great to spend a holiday relaxing in, Cancun has so much more for tourists. Guests can visit the ancient Mayan town of Chichen Itza, which has been registered as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The tucked away jungle town is also a UNESCO World Heritage site that displays the country's native past. 
Tourists can also venture to Isla Mujeres and stop off for an afternoon’s snorkelling, to explore the coral reef below. Once in Isla Mujeres, guests can head further into the island to shop before relaxing on the beach to end the day. 
Cancun's traditional recipes combine the flavours of Europe and Mayan culture. The peninsula is full of fish restaurants and markets selling fish. The Pescado Tikin Xic is a typical meal prepared in Cancun. It features grouper fish prepared with achiote and wrapped in banana leaves. It is then baked or barbecued to perfection. 
Corn tortillas are eaten with most meals in Mexico. The Panuchos are tortillas cut in half and filled with black bean paste. Panuchos are then fried, topped with chicken, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Of course, travellers can also grab tacos at street food stalls and enjoy typical Mexican street food while on holiday, just like the locals.
Most of the city's visitors come for the nightlife and due to that, it makes for a non-stop party destination. Bear in mind that tourists headed to Cancun can expect long queues to get into the city's many clubs and discos. However once in, guests can expect a night like no other. Some bars allow customers to pay a set price before entering, which gives them the chance to drink all they want once inside. From beach bars to discos that go on all night in the city, Cancun has a nightlife unrivalled by any other city in Mexico. 

 

Overview

Located in the South East, surrounded by the Caribbean sea, Cancun is a paradise destination, with tropical weather, stunning blue waters and white sandy beaches the list goes on. Cancun also has perfect weather all year round so if you're looking for a summer vacation or winter escape, Cancun is ideal for you.

Apart from the stunning beaches and luxury hotel resorts located along the shore, Cancun also has a lively nightlife, great shopping malls and historic monuments to visit like the Chichen Itza, plus if you're looking for other activities during the day the Cancun Underwater Museum is an extrodinary place to visit. Other attractions in Cancun include Xcaret Park, Miguél Álvarez del Toro Zoo and Six Flags amusement park.

There's fun for everyone, especially families, however if you're looking to rest and relax in peace, there's many adult resorts, perfect for couples and honeymooners. Playacar is an ideal place for couples, it has golf courses, pools and it's located on the beach which makes it perfect for diving and snorkelling. The resort if made up of private villas and all inclusive resorts.

The choice of beachs are incredible, Mexico has some of the clearest waters in the world, it's perfect for diving, it's also home to the second largest coral reef, the Belize Barrier Reef. Home to hundreds of species of fish and coral, it's a remarkable part of Cancun. Some of the best beaches in Cancun are Playa Delfines, Playa Forum and Playa Tortugas.

Key Facts

  • Currency: Peso
    Language: Spanish
    Approximate flight time from UK: 9 hours from London UK
    Time zones: UTC - 05:00 hours

Great For

Adventure: Dive into the Caribbean Sea and explore the Belize Barrier Reef, want more? Experience the XCaret park, from swimming with dolphins to exploring the underground rivers, Cancun is full of adventure.
Luxury: The 5 star hotel resorts including spa's and golf courses located across Cancun make your holiday full of luxury, infinity pools, massages on the beach, pool bars, what more could you want? There's many family hotels offering activities for kids as well as adult resorts, perfect for a couple's get-a-way.
Rest and Relaxation: Surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, this dream destination is perfect for resting and relaxing, the hotel resorts located on the stunning beaches make it easy to unwind.

Chichen Itza

The pyramids, temples other stone structures of Chichén Itzá were sacred to the Maya and their empire from A.D. 750 to 1200. Located in the Peninsula of Yucatan, the Chichen Itza is a historical monument, the Kukulkan Pyramid which can be found in Chichen Itza is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. There's plenty to see like the Great Ball Court, Sacred Cenote and Temple of the Warriors plus much more. It is the perfect day trip out, with so much to explore and learn about, these historic monuments are important to Mexico and make the best adventure day trip.
Address: Yucatan, Cancun, Mexico
Website: http://www.chichenitza.com/

Cancun Underwater Museum

Located in Cancun, the Underwater Museum is a non-profit organization, there are 500 sculptures within 3 different galleries, the entire museum was completed in 2013. The sculptures fixed to the seabed and made from specialized materials used to promote coral life, they cover 420sq meters. Growing in popularity, there are many trips available for travellers to fully experience everything the Underwater Museum has to offer. From diving to snorkelling there's different ways in which you can explore the museum and El Farito, a popular diving spot, known for its variety of marine life.
Website: http://musamexico.org/

Cenote Ik Kil

Ik Kil is a cenote outside Pisté, Mexico. It's part of the Ik Kil Archeological Park near Chichen Itza, it's very popular with tourists, there are many tours available, some tours join both the Ik Kil and Chichen Itza together as their located so close. If you're looking to explore or just have a swim in the clear blue water, it's a beautiful place to visit. It's open to the sky and there's a curved stairway making it accessible for those who want to go swimming. The cenote is deep, around 130ft deep and 200ft in diameter. There's also waterfalls and vines hanging down towards the water, making it a perfect picture.
Address: Carretera Costera del Golfo, 97751 Chichén Itzá, Yuc., Mexico

Belize Barrier Reef

The second largest barrier reef system in the world, it's a must see when visiting Cancun. Located 700 miles (1000 kilometres) from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, it's part of the Caribbean Sea, it stretches to around 185 miles long. There's hundreds of species of fish and coral located in the Belize barrier reef, plus its home to the 'Great Blue Hole' which is a giant submarine sinkhole, at its deepest point it's around 410 ft deep. The Belize Barrier Reef became a UNESCO site in 1996 and has seven protected areas. There are many trips available for those who love exploring and diving. Make sure you have your underwater camera ready, it's another world in the Barrier reef!

Xcaret Tour

Xcaret is an eco-archaeological Park, full of adventure and fun for all the family, it's a must see in Cancun. Located in the Riviera Maya, it's in short distance from Cancun, and with many tour guides operating there it's very easy to travel to and from. From swimming with dolphins, to snorkelling in the Caribbean Sea to exploring the underground rivers, there's so much to do at the Xcaret park. Also involved at the park is the 'Xcaret Mexico Espectacular', once the sunsets experience the celebration of light and colour. If that wasn't enough, the park offers a spa and has 11 restaurants, plus souvenir stores.
Address: Carretera Chetúmal-Puerto Juárez Kilómetro 282, Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Website: http://www.xcaret.com/

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