Known for its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, Cancun is located on the Caribbean Coast, and is part of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Outdoor activities aplenty, top class dining opportunities and a vibrant nightlife are just some of the things that make this such a popular destination.
It was purposefully constructed by the Mexican government to serve as a top-class tourist destination.
Cancun can be divided into two main areas. These are the Ciduad Cancun and the Isla Cancun. Ciduad Cancun on the mainland is where you’ll find the city’s main thoroughfare Avenida Tulum, as well as many shops and restaurants. Isla Cancun, located across the lagoon, is where the Zona Hotelera or Hotel Zone is located. This area, also known as the Tourist Zone, is home to Cancun’s main resort facilities, from hotels to bars to restaurants.
The Hotel Zone was constructed on a strip of land shaped like the number seven, which spreads over 14 miles of land. There are approximately 150 hotels in this zone with around 24,000 guest rooms available.
Around 4 million people visit Cancun each year, and the city has an indigenous population of more than 570,000 people. The downtown area on the mainland is more typically Mexican than the resort areas of the hotel zone.
It’s not all beaches and resorts though, with Cancun known to many as one of the main gateways to the ancient Mayan civilisation. All around the area, you’ll come across a large number of Mayan temples and historical sites.