Cancun is an amazing destination that draws travelers from all walks of life. Cancun offers an unrivaled combination of high-quality accommodations, relaxing beaches, and a wide diversity of shopping, dining, and nightlife. There are also a number of opportunities for travelers to learn about ancient cultures and visit timeless architectural ruins.
Simply stated, Cancun is the reason most people travel to Mexico. Mexico's calling card to the world, Cancun showcases both the country's breathtaking natural beauty and the depth of its thousand-year-old history. The sheer number of annual travelers to Cancun underscores its magnetic appeal, with almost three million people visiting this enticing beach resort annually--most of them on their first trip to the country. The reasons for this are both numerous and obvious. Cancun offers an unrivaled combination of high-quality accommodations, dreamy beaches, and a wide diversity of shopping, dining, nightlife, and activities nearby--most of them exceptional values--and easy air access. There is also the added lure of ancient cultures evident in all directions and a growing number of eco-oriented theme parks. No doubt about it--Cancun embodies Caribbean splendor, with translucent turquoise waters and powdery white-sand beaches, coupled with coastal areas of great natural beauty. But Cancun is also a modern mega resort. Even a traveler feeling apprehensive about visiting foreign soil will feel completely at home and at ease here. English is spoken, dollars are accepted, roads are well paved, and lawns are manicured. Malls are the mode for shopping and dining, and you could swear that some hotels are larger than a small town. Travelers feel comfortable in Cancun. You do not need to spend a day getting your bearings, because you immediately see familiar names for dining, shopping, nightclubbing, and sleeping. You may have heard that in 1974 a team of Mexican government computer analysts picked Cancun for tourism development for its ideal mix of elements to attract travelers--and they were right on. It's actually an island, a 22km (14 mile) long sliver of land connected to the mainland by two bridges and separated from it by the expansive Nichupte lagoon. (Cancun means "Golden Snake" in Mayan.) In addition to attractions of its own, Cancun is a convenient distance from the more traditional resorts of Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel, and the Maya ruins at Tulum, Chichen-Itza, and Coba. All are within driving distance for a day trip. You will run out of vacation days before you run out of things to do in Cancun. Snorkeling, jet-skiing, jungle tours, and visits to ancient Maya ruins or modern ecological theme parks are among the most popular diversions. There are a dozen malls with name-brand and duty-free shops (with European goods at prices better than in the U.S.), plus more than 350 restaurants and nightclubs. The more than 24,000 hotel rooms in the area offer something for every taste and every budget. Cancun's luxury hotels have pools so spectacular that you may find it tempting to remain poolside, but don't. Set aside some time to simply gaze into the ocean and wriggle your toes in the fine, brilliantly white sand. It is, after all, what put Cancun on the map.
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