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With more than 240 days of sunshine a year, stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and a wide selection of important attractions and places of interest, Cancun is a great choice of 2019 / 2020 holiday destination. Situated on the northeast coast of the Yucantan Peninsula in Mexico, Cancun was a traditional fishing village just a few decades ago. Now, it’s a mega resort with two main areas, a downtown with a more traditional ambience, cantinas and markets, and a Hotel Zone that has a number of modern nightclubs, shopping malls and restaurants. The twin personalities of Cancun make it a good choice for those that like to vary activities on holiday and don’t like doing too much of one thing at the exclusion of others. In the Hotel Zone, you’ll find a 22 kilometre stretch of white sands and calm waters, thanks to a small island protecting from the open ocean waters. On the east side, you’ve got the Caribbean with its stunning blue waters and more active waves. Visitors to Cancun can expect to enjoy a range of world class nightlife with international acts like 50 Cent and Flo Rida performing here around the year, as well as a variety of historic attractions and places of interest including a well-preserved Mayan site at Tulum. Other historic attractions include the Temple of the Descending God, Temple of the Frescoes and the El Castillo, so whatever your interests you’ve got plenty to keep you entertained.

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Top attractions

Top attractions

From ziplining through the tree canopy to taking in the spectacle of Mayan architecture, there’s plenty to see and do in Cancun. For many people, the natural beauty and wonderful weather of Cancun is the ideal setting for outdoor activities including tree climbing and ziplining, with a number of local tour operators offering tours of the Playa del Carmen Jungle, exhilarating ATV and ziplining tours and even all-inclusive self-driving hummer tours through the jungle. You can swim with whale sharks in the clear blue waters around Cancun and get up close and personal with these majestic creatures for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, or go snorkelling to explore stunning coral reefs. If you’re interested in immersing yourself in Mayan culture, there are a number of incredibly well-preserved Mayan buildings in Cancun including Chichen Itza and Tulum, as well as several historic museums including the Maya Cancun Museum and the Museo Arqueologico de Cancun.

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Eating out

Eating out

Luckily, you don’t have to venture out of the Hotel Zone to experience Mexican cuisine in Cancun. As with most Mexican food, the traditional dishes in the Yucatan region revolve around freshly-sourced seafood and are richly spiced with fiery habanero chillies and other intense flavours including tomato. If you enjoy seafood you’re in for a treat in Cancun as lobster is a real speciality here. you can find many of the main dishes you associate with Mexico here including tortilla-based dishes such as quesadillas and fajitas, as well as tacos and tostadas. If you venture further away from the tourist-oriented Hotel Zone, you can find a wide selection of restaurants regularly visited by both locals and visitors and immerse yourself in Mexican culture with performances from Mariachi bands and traditional dancing while you eat.  

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Couples

Couples

Cancun remains a popular wedding destination, which is easy to understand with the striking natural beauty and the huge range of romantic things to do. Everything you do will feel special and romantic in Cancun thanks to the gorgeous sun-kissed weather, scenic surroundings and wonderful wildlife. You can sail away from the bustle with a boat trip to Isla Mujeres, offering breath-taking views of the island a few kilometres out from the coastline. Here you’ll find more isolated, tranquil beaches that have a decidedly unspoilt feel, perfect for romantic picnics or surprise proposals. You can give your significant other an unforgettable romantic holiday with a number of nature-based experiences including swimming with sea turtles, whale sharks and dolphins if you’re looking for a feeling of complete tranquillity and seclusion, bring a picnic and head out for a day trip to Isla Blanca or Isla Contoy, which accept limited numbers of visitors each day to prevent overcrowding. If you’re more of an active couple, you can explore the underground caves and caverns, easing any muscle aches at the end of the day with a soothing steam bath at one of Cancun’s many spas.

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Culture

Culture

The mile upon mile of soft white sands and clear blue waters certainly make it very tempting to simply spend your time lounging on the beach in Cancun, but if you’re looking to immerse yourself in the heritage and culture of Cancun, the town has a lot more to offer than its beaches. Cancun is home to a number of iconic sites of Mayan heritage, including the Museo INAH, where you can see 47 exhibitions of masks, skulls and archaeology as well as a hieroglyphic-decorated staircase. There are also well-preserved Mayan ruins at Yamil Lu’um and the Zona Arqueologica El Rey. If you’re looking for man-made excitement, try the Xcaret Theme Park, which has a variety of displays about Mayan culture as well as rafting tours through the nearby jungles, getting you up close and personal with the diverse plant and animal life. If you’re happy to climb, you can head to the top of the El Meco ruins for captivating views of the picturesque Chacmochuc Lagoon. One of the most distinctive features of Mexican culture is the bullfight, as well as the Mexican rodeo, at downtown Plaza del Toros. 

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Beaches

Beaches

Cancun’s sun-drenched beaches, warm blue waters and bustling nightlife make it an exciting choice of holiday destination on Mexico’s famous Yucantan Peninsula. Most of the attractions in Cancun are based around the coastline thanks to its natural beauty and wonderful weather. The water sports in this area are world class, with activities including scuba diving, snorkelling, diving and swimming on offer. One of the most distinctive attractions in Cancun is the Underwater Museum, one of the world’s largest artificial underwater attractions. The museum was created to promote and protect the coral reef, and has more than 400 life-sized human sculptures including The Silent Evolution and The Dream Collector for your viewing pleasure. When it comes to beaches, Cancun has some of the best in the world, including Playa Delfines, North Beach, Playa Forum and Playa Chac Mool.

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Families

Families

Cancun is a great choice of holiday destination for families with children of all ages. There are a number of day trips and activities based in and around Cancun, making it easy to keep the whole family entertained. You can take a ferry trip to Isla Mujeres to visit North Beach for calm swimming waters, ideal for letting your little ones splash about and for enjoying picnics by the water. Crococun Zoo is a must-see attraction for families along with Dolphin Discovery, where you can come face to face with beautiful marine life. Other family-friendly attractions include Sea Adventure and Ventura Park, water parks with roller coasters, zip lining and amusements including rides. The town square of Parque las Palapas puts on performances for children in the summer months, as well as activities at the weekends. For a fun themed experience take a trip to the 18th-century Spanish Galleon for adventurous pirate battles and pirate-themed entertainment.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

Cancun and the Riviera offer some of the world’s best beaches and a bustling water sports scene, with 14 miles of powdery white sands and strong sea currents that are ideal for a number of water sports. Cancun boasts the second largest reef on Earth- the Great Mesoamerican Reef, making Cancun an unbeatable choice of holiday destination for water sports enthusiasts of all skill levels. Boat tours allow you to experience the beauty of the Caribbean from the comfort of a boat deck, as you can focus on taking in the spectacular views as the sea breeze keeps you comfortably cool. Tours depart frequently from Playa del Carmen, Puerta Aventuras, Cozumel, the Mayan Riviera and Cancun town, with a variety of tours ranging from boat-based sightseeing tours and destination-based tours. Cancun is also famous for being one of the best sportfishing destinations in the world, which is usually done on a catch-and-release basis in order to preserve marine life.

Between February and April you can catch small shark, grouper, blue marlin and kingfish, while from April to August sailfish, tuna and mahi-mahi are the most numerous fish. During the winter months from September to February, you can catch popular favourites including mackerel, snapper and barracuda, with a number of fishing groups offering instruction and guidance for fishers of all experience levels. Other exhilarating activities in Cancun include the Tulum Extreme, an unforgettable blend of sightseeing the Tulum ruins, zip lining and rappelling. You can also join one of the many jungle tours on foot, or if you’d prefer to rest your legs you can hire a speed boat for 45 minutes to journey through the mangrove channel by yourself.

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