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Thoughts on Holidaying in Cancun

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The coastal city of Cancun is located on the Yucatan Peninsula in eastern Mexico, in a region referred to as the “Mexican Caribbean.” The city centre is located on the mainland, whilst the most modern hotels are located on a narrow, 7-shaped, 17-mile island across the Nichupté lagoon, connected by a small bridge. Cancun is an extremely popular destination for worldwide holidaymakers. The region has a tropical “wet and dry” climate, with little temperature variation, but distinct rainy seasons. The city is hottest from May to September, although unlike nearby inland areas, sea breezes keep temperatures at a comfortable average of 27 °C (80°F). This well-liked tourist resort is easy to reach, with Cancun International Airport, Mexico`s busiest for international travellers, just 12 miles and a mere 20-minute car trip away. The airport is well served by regular flights from Europe and Asia, along with North, South and Central America, with some 10 million passengers passing through every year.

Cancun offers superb beaches, with powdery white sand complemented by the exquisite blue waters of the Caribbean. The Caribbean side of Cancun “Island” is essentially a continuous stretch of beach featuring Playa Caracol, Playa Las Perlas, Playa Linda, Playa Langosta and Playa Tortugas, while the east offers Playa Choc Mool, Playa Delfines, Playa Del Ray and Playa Marlin. All have received excellent reviews from visitors, some of whom rated them among “the most beautiful in the world.” The main beaches are very safe, with lifeguards continually monitoring the water and weather conditions, with many opportunities for sailing, fishing water sports, snorkelling and scuba diving. “Aquaworld,” in Cancun`s “Hotel Zone” offers a jungle tour, giving participants the chance to drive a sports boat through mangrove swamps. For those seeking seclusion, a short westward drive towards Playa Del Carmen leads to many unnamed, virtually undiscovered coves and beaches.

Away from the beaches, other attractions in the Cancun region include the world-famous Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza, featuring the impressive Temple of Warriors and El Caracol, an ancient astronomic observatory. An hour`s drive from the city of Cancun, Xcaret Park brings together the culture, ecology and wildlife of Mexico. This “magical paradise” has underground rivers and a butterfly pavilion, along with inlets where visitors can enjoy swimming with dolphins.

Cancun hotels offer a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. This ranges from the relatively inexpensive, simple but comfortable, motel-style facilities in the older part of the city, nearest the mainland, to 5-star luxury in the more recently developed areas.

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