The history of Cancun dates back to 1967 when the Mexican government, recognizing the importance of tourism to the country’s economic future, began a detailed search to pinpoint ideal sites for tourism development. Resting on the northeast corner of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo (keen-tah-nah-ROW), Cancun was a part of the ancient Mayan civilization and is still considered the gateway to El Mundo Maya (the Mayan World).
Cancun has the distinction of being the one Caribbean destination with the infrastructure, modern amenities (spruced up in 2006) and service philosophy to rival leisure destinations worldwide. Unlike many other parts of the Caribbean and Mexico, Cancun was built for tourism, and continues to meet the needs of its over 3.3 million annual visitors. Cancun delivers to travelers the best of many worlds: the Caribbean and Mexico; modern and ancient; action packed and laid back. Cancun is unequaled in its ability to offer cultural treasures, natural beauty, infinite activities and North American-style conveniences.
Due to its near perfect weather, natural beauty and easy accessibility from North American gateways, Cancun emerged as the government’s top candidate. What was once a remote and tiny fishing village of just 12 families was cultivated into the ideal Mexican vacation spot. It capitalized on, without compromising, the region’s natural resources. You will find Cancun’s hospitality staff to be among the best-trained in the world at leading hotel brands represented in here—from the major names in affordable accommodations such as Best Western and Holiday Inn to the very best in luxury such as Ritz-Carlton to Hilton.
The landscape of Cancun encourages the growth of many exotic flowers, such as flamboyances (named for the dazzling orange-red splash they make lining sidewalks and plazas) and fascinating fauna, like the prehistoric-looking iguanas.
If you are a sports enthusiast, Cancun will not disappoint. It boasts great five golf courses, incredible coral reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving, sport-fishing and jungle tours. And if lying on a white-sand beach with the clear blue Caribbean lapping at your suntanned toes is what you long for, then Cancun delivers. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are in and around Cancún making it Latin American’s most important leisure destination.
This eight-kilometer-long (5 miles) by one-half kilometer-wide (.3 miles) wisp of an island sits just 6 km off the coast to the northeast of Cancun. For those wanting a break from the glitz of Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a refreshing throwback to the days before Cancun even existed. Read More.
The history of the northern region of the Yucatan Peninsula is a fascinating tale of both Mayan and Hispanic peoples. Cancun is recognized as the gateway to the Mundo Maya, an enormous geographic region that includes five Mexican states (Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas), and five countries (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador). Read More.
Nichupte Lagoon: It’s a Jungle Out There
The geography of Cancun and the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula provides a nurturing habitat for the thousands of plant and animal species that live in this area. From colorful birds, to reptiles, to monkeys, to leopards and jaguars – nature’s beauty abounds. Read More.
Silent Eco-Friendly Demonstration
The intense colour of the Caribbean Sea is a beautiful explosion of light . Amazing tones fill your eyes while you prepare your stuff. The driver turns the engine off. Beginners and experts will blend in a small and compact group. Everyone’s ready to jump out of the boat. Splash! Your body gently sinks and you start breathing through your mouth. Some fishes come to nose around while you take a few seconds to get used to a relative lack of gravity. Everybody follows the leader to an unknown place, 30 feet under the sea. Read More.
Trip the Night Fantastic
Cancun truly sparkles at night, and travelers will have a challenge selecting their evening activities. Maybe you want to start with a margarita or martini at one of the hotel lobby bars. Varying in style from hotel to hotel, these lobby lounges are usually breezy, sophisticated venues – perfect places to ease into the night – often with live music setting the tone. Read More.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
With all there is to see and buy in Cancun, shopping can overwhelm even the most astute shopper. A good place to begin your quest for Mexican crafts is at La Casa del Arte Popular Mexicano, a wonderful museum and shop located at El Embarcadero (at the northern entrance to the Hotel Zone). Mexican folk art lovers will discover an exquisite collection displayed in several museum-style rooms. A fine gift shop is also on site. Read More.
Cancun International Airport
Carretera Cancun-Chetumal km 22, Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo.
Telephone. (998) 848 72 00