Cancun is located in southeastern Mexico, on the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo.
In 1970, construction began on what is now viewed as the famous Cancun hotel zone. The first hotels opened in 1974, and today there are over 27,000 hotel rooms along the 17-mile stretch of beaches. The hotel zone is located on a narrow piece of land, that is shaped like a number “7” and is separated from the mainland by the Laguna Nichupte. Over ⅓ of Mexico’s tourism revenue is generated in Cancun, and it’s easy to see why.
Travelers constantly flock towards the region for the opportunity to go scuba diving and snorkeling in Cancun. Picturesque Punta Nizuc, Isla Mujeres and the Island of Contoy are only some of the premier locations for exploring the amazing waters and well-known varieties of colorful marine life. The cenotes near Cancun should also be included on every traveler’s itinerary during their stay, as these wonderful fresh water sinkholes have achieved world-famous Cancun excursion status.
Cancun nightlife has also garnered attention amongst visitors in recent years and popular nightclubs such as Coco Bongo, Dady’O and the innovative Mandala, have all become high-energy staples under the city’s breezy nights.
Regardless of its many shades of culture, history and present-day beauty, Cancun, nestled just north of the Caribbean resort band known as the Riviera Maya, has clearly established itself as the tourist mecca of Mexico.