Cancun is the ultimate holiday resort in Mexico. One of the most
popular holiday destinations in North America, the sprawling
complex of hotels and resort complexes is overflowing with American
tourists from the December holidays to Spring Break in April.
There are two sides to Cancun: one is the hotel zone, comprised
entirely of all-inclusive resorts and hotels and populated just as
exclusively with tourists. The other is downtown Cancun, which is a
Mexican city with a number of restaurants, nightclubs, shopping
malls and markets to visit.
Cancun has a reputation as a party hotspot along the lines of
Las Vegas or Ibiza, and tourists in Cancun are usually looking for
a holiday filled with beaches and bars rather than historical
monuments or cultural attractions.
Cancun's beaches certainly don't disappoint, with sparkling
white sand and clear blue waters offering the perfect setting for
watersports like sailing, surfing, and paragliding. Nearby islands
like Isla Mujeres and Cozumel offer quiet waters well-suited to
scuba diving and snorkelling. Kids will enjoy the chance to swim
with dolphins at the giant aquarium in the Xel-Ha eco theme
However, travellers hoping to explore Mexico's history will be
able to do so at Mayan archaeological sites not far from Cancun,
including the ruins at Tulum, the pyramids at Uxmal, and the famous
temple of Chichen Itza.
The rampant drug war currently happening in Mexico has not left
Cancun untouched, and there have been several incidents there in
the last year. However, Cancun is still considered a safe
destination, and city officials are working hard to maintain the
safety of all tourists in Cancun.