Cancun is a city in southeast Mexico on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.This 400-meter-wide, L-shaped island off the north coast is a manmade luxury resort with an excellent tourist infrastructure. This large vacation center was built up from virtually nothing in little more than a decade and is now one of the most visited destinations in all of Mexico, attracting more than four million tourists annually. Endless fun things to do, countless glorious white-sand beaches to relax on, impressive large coral reefs to explore, and near perfect weather make this place one among the bucket list.
Cancún’s Beautiful Beaches
Most of Cancún’s top resorts are built with direct access to the beaches, known locally as “playas.” Stunning views over the sparkling, crystal-clear waters makes this destination so popular with tourists seeking a memorable Mexico vacation. Cancún, in fact, consists of a number of long stretches of beach, and visitors can have their preferences.
Mayan Ruins of Chichén Itzá
The most popular Cancún’s Chichén Itzá, three hours west of the beaches is one among the Mexico’s largest and best-restored archaeological sites. Settled by the Mayans more than 1,000 years ago, this UNESCO World Heritage Site includes many famous Chac-mool statues, along with important buildings such as the 30-meter-tall El Castillo, one of the country’s most famous pyramids.
Tulum, just 90 minutes south, is a better option for those pressed for time. Famous for its cliff-top location and for being the only known fortified Mayan coastal town, Tulum contains many other unique structures in addition to its tall, wide walls, most noticeably its Temple of the Frescos with its sculptures and reliefs depicting seated figures with elaborate headdresses. The site’s largest building, the Castillo, is also its most famous, perched as it is on the cliff-edge overlooking the sea.
The Cancun Underwater Museum
One of the most unusual points of interest in this resort town is the Cancún Underwater Museum (MUSA). Set up in 2009 in the wake of storm damage to the Cancún National Marine Park, this seabed-based attraction is dedicated to the “art of conservation” and is a delight for divers to explore. The core of this unique art collection are the more than 500 sculptures spread across two underwater galleries submerged at depths of between three and six meters and encompassing human figures in a variety of poses.