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All About Cancun

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About

There are some locations on this planet of ours that many People would class as being close to Heaven. One of these places is called Cancun, located in the southeastern area of Mexico. It is a major tourist location, so finding airlines that travel there is relatively easy. Being on the Caribbean Sea means that the beaches are a beautiful sandy white color, while the sea is warm and clear azure blue. This place is an oasis in Mexico, and it is no wonder that millions of tourists flock to the area every year. Being near the equator means that the temperature range throughout the year is small, seldom moving more than a few degrees from 80F (27C).

Key Facts

  • The city is on the Yucatán Peninsula, which is where the large meteorite hit that wiped out the dinosaurs over 65 million years ago
  • The population is 722,000 with most employment being in the tourism industry
  • As the area is made up mostly of sandbars, the highest point above sea level is just 30 feet (10m)
  • There is archeological evidence that the Mayans once lived in the area
  • Cancun was specifically built by the Mexican federal government in order to bring in tourists
  • The peak tourist season is December to April

Things To Do

Cancún International Airport is located 6 miles (10km) outside of the city, but plenty of taxi's and buses are available, and it is possible to hire a car. The place is great for adults on their own, or those with children. For the families, lazing on the beach while the kids play is a great way to relax, but for something different, try the Interactive Aquarium. This will allow the children to touch nurse sharks, rays, starfish, and many other sea creatures.

Although it is possible to swim in the ocean while on the beach, it is best to stick to the pools in the resorts, as ocean undercurrents can be very strong. There are plenty of water activities available, including windsurfing and jet skiing. For those who wish to see the natural beauty under the water, them snorkelling and diving is available, as is training for beginners. People who want a little more adventure can go deep sea fishing for the day.

Not everyone wishes to spend all of the vacation on the beach, and for those it is worth going on one of the bus tours to the surrounding area, or hiring a car to do it in their own time. The most important place to visit is the Chichén Itzá Archaeological Site. This is from the age of the Mayan, who lived in this part of the world for centuries. Another Mayan location is Tulum, but it is a journey of 80 miles (128km).

As Cancun is built for tourists, people know what to expect. There is plenty to see and do without walking for more than a few minutes, and the cuisine available is both local and international. Whatever the reason for going, it will be a very relaxing and enjoyable experience.

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