Cancun is Mexico’s wonder child as it accounts for a significantly large portion of Mexico’s tourism revenue, with 23km (14 miles) of massive resorts and mega malls spread along an incredibly beautiful coastline of soft alabaster sand and a Caribbean sea the color of blue Curaçao.
Beyond the lobbies, restaurants, swimming pools and endless entertainment on offer in these resorts lies a fascinating world waiting to be explored and enjoyed, one that includes something for everyone from Caribbean islands to jungle adventures, encounters with amazing animals in their natural habitat, the second longest barrier reef in the world and the colorful, mysterious Maya culture.
So as you prepare for your trip to Cancun, dive into this list of super fun facts that we have compiled for you to enjoy.
1. Small Beginnings
In the early 1970s a long sliver of sandbank that juts out into the sea was inhabited by three families who took care of the local coconut plantations. Then Mexican president Gustavo Ordaz requested funds from the Bank of Mexico in order to boost the country’s economy through tourism andas a result, the government invited a small group of prominent architects and engineers to present their visionary proposals for this new destination.
It was from those small beginnings, and in a very short space of time that Cancun transformed itself from wilderness into one of the world’s most popular beach destinations with more than 50,000 hotel rooms and almost 1 million inhabitants.
Today you will find sun drenched beaches, tropical cocktails and a host of Cancun adventure tours interwoven in a young, vibrant city that has become an important hub for both business and culture while preserving its Caribbean charm.
2. Best Beaches in the World
With almost 30 miles (48 kilometers) of white sand beaches to explore you are certain to find the beach that is just right for you. In fact if you are staying in one of the many resorts along Cancun’s hotel zone you only have to wander beyond the swimming pool to have full access to some of the best beaches in the world.
One that is not to be missed however is Playa Norte which is found on the northern side of Isla Mujeres (in Spanish “the island of women”). Its warm, shallow waters and small beach of finely crushed coral is the perfect place for swimming as the water is only chest deep, even far from shore.
Some of the most popular ways of getting to this beach is on a shared isla mujeres catamaran trip or by hiring a private boat charter cancun. If you are a little more adventurous you could also catch a ferry across to the island and get to the beach by foot or golf cart. Either way this is a beach experience you do not want to miss.
3. Hidden Secrets
Cancun is located on the north eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula, a flat platform of limestone that emerged from the sea millions of years ago. While there are no elevations or hills, the subtropical rainforest that blankets the entire peninsula guards an amazing natural wonder: cenotes.
Cenotes are the result of millions of years of limestone erosion due to water and air movement. The result is an intricate labyrinth of underground rivers, caverns and cave systems that crisscross the entire peninsula.
It is in these cenotes, now numbering in the thousands, that you will find some of the best snorkeling in Cancun, as well as the opportunity to walk and swim through the rivers, scuba dive in the massive underground caverns and even try your hand at some exciting adventure activities like rappelling and dry cave spelunking.
Your first thought may have been “where is Cancun?” but once you have had a taste of this tropical paradise you will know exactly where you need to be for yet another unforgettable vacation in the Caribbean sun.