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Cancun Mexico is an island approximately 16 miles long and a quarter-mile wide. It is situated in the state of Quintana Roo in the south-eastern part of Mexico off the northeast tip of the Yucatan peninsula, on the Caribbean coast.
The island is connected to the Mexican mainland by two bridges. Cancun Mexico has a resident population of over 300,000 persons and is divided into two main parts: El Centro, downtown of Cancun Mexico, is where most of the local residents live, and is home to many smaller hotels, restaurants and shops.
The famous Cancun Mexico Hotel Zone, the principal tourist area, is located on a 8 mile peninsula jutting out into the Caribbean Sea, and is where the luxury hotels and modern shopping malls are to be found. There are many reasons for Cancun's popularity as a tourist destination including: its gorgeous beaches with clear turquoise waters, excellent resort hotels offering a full range of amenities and modern facilities, gourmet restaurants, vibrant night life, great shops, and nearby Mayan ruins.
Further, Cancun has great weather, with an average temperature of 80 degrees F (27 degrees C) and 240 days of sunshine each year, with little rain..
The Downtown has a non-stop party atmosphere and attracts numerous categories of visitors including families, seniors, students, couples, budget travelers and the rich and famous.
Beaches & Water Sports:
The beaches are, without question, the biggest draw with their soft, white, powdery, sand and crystal clear, warm, turquoise water. There are eleven beaches, each of which has its own distinctive personality, and all of which are open to the public. The very best beaches are at the north tip of the island.
The sand of the beaches are made of crushed coral rather than silica. The coral remains cool even on very hot days, so you need not be concerned about burning your feet. Beach sandals are not necessary.
Cancun is surrounded by crystal clear water and lies next to the largest coral reef in the Americas. This makes it a haven for snorkellers and scuba divers. The calm waters also offer perfect conditions for water skiing. This incredible Mexican Caribbean paradise also offer some excellent sport fishing and deep sea fishing for sailfish, wahoo, dorada, marlin, grouper and bluefin tuna.
The most famous Mayan cultural site in the world, Chichen Itza, is about a 90 minute drive from Cancun Mexico. This site is the location of the famous El Castillo Pyramid. The pyramid has 91 steps to the top on each side and has 52 panels on each side representing the 52 year cycle of the Mayan calendar. At sunrise, on the spring or fall equinox, the nine pyramid levels cast a shadow on the staircase edge producing the image of an undulating snake. The Mayan ruins at Tulum, are about a one hour drive south of Mexico. The site once served as a major seaport for Mayan traders and was built around 900 A.D. It occupies one of the most beautiful seaside locations in Mexico, and the sight of the Mayan stone walled fortress against the backdrop of the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean ocean is magnificent.
Xcaret is certaintly the most spectacular Eco Archaeological Water Park in Mexico, the main attractions are : Water Activities - Swim With Dolphins Programs - Performances - Flora and Fauna - Exhibitions and Tours
A duty-free zone that has evolved into a shopper's paradise. The Hotel Zone is dotted with large modern air-conditioned malls filled with boutiques selling designer label merchandise and perfumes at bargain prices. The traditional markets have numerous small shops selling locally made handicrafts, silver jewelry and colorful Yucatan hammocks. Good natured bargaining at these smaller shops is expected.
Dining & Nightlife
An impressive variety of restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. There are establishments that serve traditional Mexican dishes, Yucatecan entrees, international gourmet cuisine, all-you-can-eat buffets, American style fast food, etc. Dining aboard a boat on one of the many theme dinner cruises is popular with many visitors. Famous for its very active nightlife, which starts late and lasts into the wee hours of the morning is Cancun Mexico