The City of Cancun is a grand mixture of history and nature coming together to form a perfect getaway setting. A mixture of turquoise blue sea and intricate jungle, joined by some of the finest white sand covering it's beaches makes this truly a paradise to behold.
After the ancient Mayas occupied this region, nobody else was interested in it. It was in the early 1960's that Cancun began to take shape revealing its many treasures. The City of Cancun has grown to about 450,000 inhabitants. The City is divided into Downtown Cancun and the Hotel Zone (where most of the tourist hotels are located). Many people flock to the Downtown area to haggle with the merchants in the giant mercados. At night, the Downtown area comes alive with a pleasing offering of nightlife.
The Hotel Zone is an island shaped like a "7". It is attached to the mainland via the Punta Nizuc Bridge at the southern tip and the Playa Linda Bridge at the northern tip. The Hotel Zone is where most of the fabulous beach front hotels area located in Cancun as well as a mixture of dining and nightlife spots.
Today, Cancun has extended its appeal beyond the local area. When one talks of Cancun, you have to include such places as Isla Mujeres, Contoy, Cozumel, Akumal, Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Tulum, and even Chichen Itza. Cancun and its surrounding areas has all its takes to please even the most discerning traveler, no matter what interests or attractions you are looking for. Come to Cancun . . . Come to Paradise!
Unlike many cities in the world, Cancun just isn't afraid. It's unabashed and unapologetic, and in that lies its high-gloss charm. So send in the Maya dancers, swashbuckling pirates and beer-chugging US Spring Breakers. Cancún can take it. But can you?
Like Las Vegas, Ibiza or Dubai, Cancún is a party city that just won't give up. Top that off with a pretty good beach and you have one of the Western Hemisphere's biggest tourist draws, bringing in as many as 4 million visitors (mostly from the US) each year.
It's hard to believe this little fishing town would become a worldwide phenomenon. In the 1970s Mexico's ambitious planners decided to outdo Acapulco with a brand-new, world-class resort located on the Yucatán Peninsula, and Cancún was born. Although it isn't for everyone – and this type of mass-tourism certainly won't interest all travelers – if you're here, you might as well dig into the kitsch and crap that make this city unique.