Located in southeastern Mexico, Cancun is one of the most sought-after destinations in the western hemisphere. Although the history of this location can be traced back to the Mayan civilization, it was not until modern times that Cancun enjoyed popularity as a tourist haven. Flanked by stunning beaches and enjoying an amenable climate throughout the majority of the year, millions of visitors can create lasting memories by adding this region to their itinerary.
Cancun is served by Cancun International Airport (CUN) which is situated 14 miles southwest of the resort. Cancun International airport is the second largest airport in Mexico and is the Rivera Maya’s principal gateway.
On average, a direct flight from New York to Cancun will take just over 4 hours. If you do not have transfers arranged already, there is an official shuttle service outside the airport which can take travelers from the airport to Cancun. The journey takes half an hour and costs around $12.
Cancun has a great selection of accommodation to choose from including guesthouses, mid-range hotels and luxury hotels. While budget hotel prices are not really affected by the tourist seasons, rates for mid-range and luxury hotels vary considerably. If you are keen to save some money on your accommodation, visit Cancun just outside of the high season which runs from mid-December to mid-April.
The bulk of the resort’s budget accommodation is situated in Zona Hotelera in downtown Cancun. This location is particularly desirable as the beach is just a short bus ride away. In addition, major international chains such as Ritz Carlton and Hyatt have hotels in this area.
Top Things to Do in Cancun
Of course, the lovely beaches here are not to be missed. There are literally hundreds to choose from but it is still worth mentioning a few of the top spots. Playa Mujeres is quite private and for adults only. Not only are the waters here quite calm, but there are a number of unique attractions such as restaurants, a spa and even outdoor pools. Other top beaches include Maroma Beach (voted as one of the ten best in the entire world), Paraiso Beach and a small strip of sand found adjacent to the sleepy town of Akumal.
For those who enjoy a bit of partying, the Cancun nightlife is certainly not to be missed. The city center is known to be open until the wee hours of the morning and from food to discos and bars, there are many options to choose from. Famous for its selection of “superclubs”, venues such as Coco Bongo, Dady Rock and The City attract thousands of patrons every day. For those who wish to enjoy a more quiet experience or sip on a martini, the lounges located in the Hotel Zone are perfect alternatives. There are also a number of quality restaurants found in this location.
Cancun is also a popular spot for nature lovers. It is common to take day trips to observe the pristine beauty of this region. One location that is of immense interest is the Sian Ka’an Nature Preserve. Visitors are able to kayak through miles of wetlands or take a hike along many of the inland trails to catch a glimpse of jungles that have not yet been touched by man. The flora and fauna here are incredible and there are numerous guided tours for those who are interested.