When the Mexican Government decided to create a new tourist destination in the 1970s the site of Cancun was selected as the perfect location. Today it is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, offering blissful Caribbean beaches amongst Mayan archaeological sites. The area is divided into two sections; Downtown is positioned on the mainland, whereas the Hotel Zone caters primarily for tourists and can be found on the adjoining island. Historically vibrant and culturally rich, Cancun offers visitors the chance to learn more about the city’s extensive past, stemming back 3000 years, whilst enjoying a relaxing beach holiday.


Cancun provides the perfect base for history enthusiasts to begin exploring the local Mayan archaeological sites. El Ray is situated in the city’s hotel zone and is believed to have been a monumental ceremonial building. The artefacts discovered at this location can now be found in the Cancun Archaeological Museum. A more extensive collection of ruins can be explored at El Meco, which boasts the remains of numerous temples as well as an impressive pyramid structure. There are many more sites located just outside the city for those eager to learn more about the history surrounding the area.

Those looking to relax should search no further than Cancun’s collection of stunning beaches. Favourites include Playa Langosta and Playa Tortugas. At [ Xel-Ha] visitors can explore a multitude of lagoons, caves and underground rivers and learn to snorkel and scuba dive. A mere twenty minute ferry ride away, Isla Mujeres is a relaxing trip which allows visitors to escape the city. The island’s Turtle Sanctuary provides fun for all the family, who can then enjoy a stroll around the local shops which prioritise traditional arts and crafts. [ The Interactive Aquarium] gives visitors the opportunity to see many fascinating sea creatures. At the Petting Area many species of marine life can be handled and fed. A unique and special opportunity, Shark Immersion allows guests to be submerged into the creatures’ environment so that they can appreciate the beauty of these infamous animals up close.

[ Dolphin Discovery] allows visitors to interact with these popular creatures, as well as other forms of marine life; the experience of swimming with a dolphin is an unforgettable memory. Look but don’t touch; crocodiles can be viewed as Croco Cun, a large crocodile farm with an extensive array of different species.

[htttp:// Selvatica] provides the perfect way to explore the beautiful forestry and jungle surrounding Cancun. Here, those seeking adventure can enjoy a Canopy Tour amidst the tops of the trees. Those desiring to stay on the ground can enjoy an extensive bike ride around the stunning landscape.Golf lovers will find their Mecca in Cancun; the Hilton Park Golf Club is the most well known. This challenging course has a fantastic view of a lagoon and incorporates some of the area’s history into the game; an ancient ruin can be discovered amidst the grounds.


Cancun boasts an impressive array of shopping centres and markets for those visitors looking for something special. [ Plaza Caracol] is an extensive shopping centre filled with more than two hundred stores. Open as late as 10pm, the shopaholic is certain to find what they are looking for, at whatever time they need it. Those searching for luxury will enjoy the beautiful shopping centre, the [ Kukulan Plaza], and [ Luxury Avenue], where names such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Mont Blanc reside. Found alongside many exclusive hotels, this mall will suit those looking to treat themselves. [ La Isla Shopping Village] is designed to resemble an authentic Caribbean village, complete with a luscious river and an extensive aquarium. As well as possessing many fantastic shops, La Isle is also an impressive entertainment centre.

Beautiful pieces of art can be purchased from many stores within the city. Regardless of budget, everyone will find something special to remind them of their stay in Cancun. A particularly good store with an extensive collection is Plaza Kukulcan which showcases work by local talent.

Bargain hunters will enjoy exploring some of the many markets found in Cancun. Traditional crafts and souvenirs can be discovered at Mercado 28 and Ki Huic Market in the downtown region; those searching for something in the hotel zone will enjoy Mercado Coral Negro.

Nightlife and Eating Out

Fans of Mexican food are sure to love the many culinary delights Cancun boasts. Indeed, even those who dislike the traditional dishes will find something they love in the wide selection of restaurants on offer. Cancun is home to Yucatan cooking; a delicious local variation of the traditional cuisine. Those desiring to try authentic tacos should visit El Tacotorro, or one of the many establishments scattered across the city which serve this local favourite. For a bargain meal 100% Natural serves large portions at cheap prices. For a particularly memorable meal visitors should try [ Laguna Grill]. Delicious food is served amongst beautiful, tropical surroundings; patrons can savour their meal whilst appreciating the decadent garden and trickling stream.

Cancun is home to an internationally renowned nightlife; brimming with Latin American passion and exuberance, the city guarantees a night to remember. Popular destinations include Senor Frogs; visitors can kick up a storm on the infamous sawdust dance floor. No one can predict what exciting events will take place each night at Coco Bongo, a must for those who do not want their holiday to be predictable. The City will allow patrons to meet up to 4000 new people and experience live performances from famous names such as Eminem and Sean Paul.

Tourist Information

State Tourist OfficeAvenida Tulum 26

Tel: (998) 884 8073. Website: []


[ Cancun International Airport] is located nine miles from the city centre. A major gateway for both internal and international flights, Cancun is served by several British carriers every day, including British Airways and Continental.

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