Vacations to Cancun
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Miles of pristine beaches, no end of party spots and just a short distance away from some of the most significant Mayan archaeological sites in the world. There are many reasons to visit Cancun, which is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Mexico.
Positioned on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, sun seekers and surf lovers flock to Cancun's beaches, which all boast powdery white sand and incredible sea life. Lounge on a sunbed while sipping cocktails from a coconut by day or marvel at acrobats tackling aerial stunts at the famous Coco Bongo club at night. Whether you're looking for laid-back leisure, high energy entertainment or even cultural exploration, Cancun offers a wealth of reasons to fly south for your next trip?
What to do during the day?
Cancun, Mexico is home to some of the world's most luxurious and comprehensive hotel resorts, most of which are situated on a thin strip of land in the shape of a figure 7, known as the Hotel Zone. Daytime can be spent taking advantage of the crystal waters by jet skiing, peddle-boating, snorkeling (off-shore Cancun boasts the second largest coral reef in the world) or scuba diving, which many of the larger hotels offer on-site. If you're looking for a slower pace, feel free to bask in those much coveted rays, either beach side or pool, but never far from an all-inclusive cocktail bar to cater to your sun-induced thirst.
Away from the bustle of the Hotel Zone, Cancun doesn't fail to delight in its offering of natural beauty, historical exploration and vibrant culture. Just a 40 minute boat ride away, on Isla Mujeres, lies the highly-rated Dolphin Discovery Park where visitors can swim with dolphins. For landlubbers, La Isla shopping mall can provide a quick dose of retail therapy, while the nearby Riviera Cancun golf course is the perfect exercise for club-wielding enthusiasts.
What to do at night?
At night the resorts come alive with the sounds of traditional mariachi music and dancing as guests sip on quality tequila and enjoy the spectacle. Offsite the atmosphere is even more electric, with visitors flocking to the countless beach bars, nightclubs and family-friendly restaurants that dominate the hotel zone.
Coco Bongo is a legendary landmark that attracts crowds with its dancers, actors and acrobats, who perform nightly spectacles to intoxicating hype. For those looking to experience as much as they can of Cancun' party atmosphere in one night, the popular Cuncrawl offers guided tours of some of the hottest clubs, visiting at just the right times with no wait lines. Finally, at Senor Frog's Bar, structure is the one thing missing as visitors are encouraged to dance, sing and act as outrageous as they like.
Cancun is a popular wedding destination with many couples taking advantage of the stunning coastal scenery and all-inclusive hotel offerings. The majority of resorts feature wedding packages, which take care of every minute detail to ensure the bride's only duty is to relax. At the Beach Palace resort, guests can take advantage of the Sky Wedding Deck, which boasts a 360-degree view of the lagoon and Caribbean Sea. Meanwhile, couples staying a minimum of four nights at the adults-only Le Blanc Spa Resort can receive a complimentary wedding, complete with minister, cake, bouquet, venue, wine and special dining options.
What else is nearby?
Vacationing in Cancun, Mexico puts you near some of the most significant and spectacular Mayan archaeological discoveries in the world. The famous pre-Colombian city and pyramids of Chichen Itza -- built by the Maya people of the Terminal Classic between 750 and 900 AD -- can be found in the neighbouring State of Yucatan, just a two hour drive from downtown Cancun. There's no shortage of tour providers willing to make the trek, allowing visitors to take advantage of English-speaking guides, air conditioned coaches, invaluable local knowledge and catered lunches.
Also a short journey away from Cancun is the lesser known ruins of Tulum. Here lies the remnants of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayas, positioned on the east coast of the Yucat?n Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea, and constructed between 1200 and 1450 AD. Tours from Cancun depart daily to the site (1.5 hour drive), where visitors can marvel at what remains of the El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes and the Temple of the Descending God.
What to eat?
Catering to the bulk of North American visitors, the heart of Cancun is where you can find favourite chain restaurants like Hard Rock, Cafeacute;, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and Planet Hollywood. For those looking for something more authentic, La Destileria offers a sumptuous sampling of local cuisine, as well as an extensive menu of local tequilas.
Mexican cuisine is best known for its rainbow array of fresh peppers, meat and spices. Food of the Yucatan peninsula is still primarily based on traditional Mayan cuisine, which places emphasis on the annatto seed, known as ?achiote? in Spanish. One of the area's best known dishes, cochinita pibil, uses this seed to color and flavor meat that?s wrapped and pit-roasted in a banana leaf.
Where to stay?
Given the overwhelming number of hotels in Cancun, visitors can find the right hotel to suit any budget. At the lower end of the spectrum, comfortable three-star hotels can be booked for as little as $40 a night, like the Hotel Hacienda de Castilla, which offers free high-speed internet and boasts a quaint outdoor swimming pool. Also centrally located within Cancun, the ornately decorated Hotel Xbalamque Resort and Spa offers spa services like massages, body treatments and facials practiced in a relaxing Mexican ambiance.Mid-range:
Happy to extend your budget to the $200 to $300 a night range? Take full advantage of the all-inclusive offerings that mid-range resorts can offer and enjoy a full meal plan with drinks and snacks. At the Isla Mujeres Palace Couples Only All Inclusive Resort, discerning adults can benefit from 24-hour room service in addition to the fine dining and pool bar options. Over at Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa, guests are challenged to choose from five of the on-site gourmet restaurants, which serve up French, Mexican, Pan-Asian and Italian delicacies.High end:
If money is no object for your dream vacation, consider the luxury that one of Cancun's five-star establishments can provide. At the Ritz-Carlton, all rooms come standard with private balconies or patios to enjoy when guests aren?t taking advantage of the full service spa or pristine beach front. Meanwhile, jetted bathtubs and rainfall shower heads make up the in-room facilities at the Le Blanc Spa Resort, perfect for rinsing off after taking the plunge in one of three outdoor swimming pools.
When to go?
Given Cancun, Mexico's southern locale, the best time of year to travel is between December and April, when the weather is at its best and you can expect the highest intake of Vitamin D. May to August brings with it the most humid weather, although this is the time of year when hotel rates are at their lowest. Meanwhile, peak occupancy takes place in late March/early April, when legions of Spring Breakers descend on the area and take full advantage of the party scene. For those willing to weather the storms for even cheaper offerings, September to November is commonly known as hurricane season, when the State of Quintana Roo can be thrashed by rain and winds.
Taxis are freely available around Cancun, though they are prohibited from entering airport areas. Rates for taxis are determined by the number of zones through which you travel, but your hotel will be happy to advise on the recommended rate for your journey.
There are three private bus lines that travel from the Hotel Zone to downtown Cancun, each of which are air conditioned and can be boarded for just 8.5 pesos one way. Both the main R-1 and R-2 routes operate 24/7.
Finally, for those wishing to visit the nearby Isla Mujeres, ferries can be taken from Puerto Juarez every 30 minutes between 6am and 8pm, or from Playa Tortugas in the Hotel Zone every hour between 9am and 2pm. The cost of this service is typically falls between 35 and 80 pesos.
Like many of the neighboring Caribbean countries, Cancun, Mexico has two distinct wet and dry tropical seasons. Though the city is warm year-round never falling below 20°C between the months of September and November average rainfall can often exceed 200mm a month. Meanwhile, May to September are the hottest months, during which temperatures often exceed 30°C at day and even 25°C at night.
The currency in Cancun, Mexico is the peso (sign: $; code: MXN), the exchange rate of which is approximately $12 per Canadian dollar and $15 per US dollar. Pesos can be purchased at most international banks, at the Cancun International Airport or at the majority of hotels in the area. Likewise, most hotels, restaurants and tour operators will accept traveller's checks and credit cards, but always inform your bank of any travel plans before departure.