You might think you know Cancun, 14 miles (23 km) of pristine white beaches, the hotel zone shaped like the number “7”, crystalline waters and sultry nights sipping on the perfect margarita, right? Well, you are both right and wrong. If this is your idea of what Cancun is all about, read on. There is so much more.
The “young” history of Cancun dates back to 1967 when the Mexican government recognized the importance of tourism to the country’s economic future. By the time development started in 1971, Isla Cancun had only three residents and 117 people living in a nearby fishing village.
Cancun was part of the ancient Mayan civilization and is still considered the gateway to “El Mundo Maya” (the Mayan World). It has the distinction of being the one Caribbean destination with the infrastructure, modern amenities and a service philosophy to rival destinations worldwide. Unlike many other parts of the Caribbean and Mexico, Cancun was built for tourism, and continues to meet the needs of its over 15 million annual visitors. Cancun delivers to travelers the best of many worlds; price points for everyone, modern and ancient; action packed and laid back. Cancun is unequaled in its ability to offer cultural treasures, natural beauty, infinite activities and North American-style conveniences.
Cancun International Airport is the second largest airport in Mexico and a big hub for flights from Latin America. There are more than 100 international and national direct flights, predominately from North America. Europe has become so much closer with Air France, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air Berlin and so many more offering direct airlifts. The airport is only 6 miles (10 km) from the hotel strip.
Average temperature: 90° F / 71° F 32º C/ 22º C