Cancun, Mexico: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Developed in the 1970’s and situated on the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is one of Mexico’s youngest cities and most important tourist destinations. When development started, the nearby fishing village of Puerto Juarez had only 117 residents, while Isla de Cancun was inhabited by 3 people, caretakers of the Don José de Jesús Lima Gutiérrez plantation. Today, the city is riddled with hotels and resorts, and numbers around 3.5 million visitors per year and has the busiest international airport in Mexico.
The city’s airport serves as its primary gateway for visitors, while internal transportation is mainly provided by bus companies. Cancun’s main attractions are based around its white sand beaches and calm waters of the Caribbean Sea. Nearly all the hotels with a beachfront, offer instructions and rent out equipment for all sorts of water activities, from snorkeling, diving to surfing and even fishing. Just like in Acapulco, Cancun’s night establishments stay open until morning. Its many restaurants offer regional, Mexican, international and Californian cuisine.
The lack of history within the city itself should not put off culture lovers, since the surrounding area is full of some of the best known ruins in Mexico, like Chichen Itza and Tulum.