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Cancún Travel Guide

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Plan Your Cancún Vacation

Cancún is a great place to experience 21st-century Mexico, because it has everything you’d want in a vacation: shopping, sports, spas, and beaches. Here you’ll find five-star resorts, exceptional food, Mexican culture, and natural beauty within minutes of the world-famous Mayan ruins. That said, there isn’t much that’s quaint or historic in this distinctively

modern city, many of whose residents have embraced the accoutrements of urban middle-class life—cell phones, Internet, cable TV—that are found all over the world.

Most locals live on the mainland in the part of the city called El Centro and work in the posh Zona Hotelera, whose main drag is called Boulevard Kukulcán. Kilometer markers alongside Boulevard Kukulcán indicate where you are, starting from Km 1 near El Centro to Km 20 at the southern tip of Punta Nizuc. The area in between consists entirely of hotels, restaurants, shopping complexes, marinas, and time-share condominiums. Most travelers base themselves in this 22½-km (14-mile) stretch of paradise, unless the charm of El Centro’s city life trumps the beach.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Dancing the night away Salsa, cumbia, reggae, mariachi, hip-hop, and electronic music dizzy the air of the Zona Hotelera's many nightclubs.
  2. Exploring the nearby Mayan ruins Trips to remarkable sites like Tulum, Cobá, and Chichén Itzá can easily be accomplished in a day.
  3. Getting wild on the water Rent Jet Skis, a Windsurfer, or a kayak, and skim across the sea or Laguna Nichupté.
  4. Browsing for Mexican crafts The colorful stalls of Mercado Veintiocho will certainly hold something that catches your eye.
  5. Indulging in local flavor Dishes like lime soup and poc chuc (pork with achiote and onions) and drinks like tamarind margaritas pay respect to traditional cuisine.

When To Go

When to Go

The sun shines an average of 253 days a year in Cancún. The months between December and April have nearly perfect weather, with temperatures hover...

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