Cancun © Cancun CVB
Located on the northeast coast of the Yucatan
Peninsula, the world-famous beach resort hub of Cancun was once a
humble fishing village but has blossomed into a city which caters
mostly to tourists in search of sand, sun, and surf. The city is
dominated by the hotel zone, blessed with all the amenities
visitors could possibly desire.
Cancun's downtown area, home to the locals, is often
overlooked by foreigners. Downtown Cancun is less glamorous than
the glitzy beachfront, but it does allow travellers to experience a
more authentic Mexican community, with bustling markets, cheap
restaurants, vendors, and street performers.
As a beach resort Cancun is inexhaustibly popular and
its reputation is well deserved: the powdery white sand and clear
waters make for a Caribbean paradise where watersports are the main
diversion. Scuba divers and snorkellers flock to the region for
some of the best coral reef diving in the world (particularly
around the island of Cozumel).
The variety and quality of accommodation in Cancun is
superb and the nightlife is extremely energetic, making it a great
favourite with young Americans. The city offers splendid shopping
and eating out venues and there are some remarkable Mayan ruins
nearby for a touch of culture and history on a beach holiday. The
only real disadvantage of Cancun as a holiday destination is the
crowds which descend on the small coastal city: Spring Break (March
and April) is best avoided.