Everyone’s heard of Cancun. After all, it’s the most popular vacation spot in Mexico. Unfortunately, that also means everyone thinks they know exactly what Cancun is all about. Some see it as a spring break destination, others, a nice relaxing place to kick back by the water. But the truth is much better than all that. And we’re going to show you why.
Cancun is located in Quintana Roo. Never heard of it? Then picture this. It’s a vibrant and lush paradise resting right along the breathtaking Caribbean Sea, overflowing with an abundance of natural beauty and rich culture. And if you think that sounds like the perfect vacation hot spot, you’d be right. Plus, the city’s modern international airport is located just 15 minutes away from most of the resorts. And while we know you’ll never want to leave, if you’re looking for a bit of a change of pace, Cancun is only a 10 minute flight to the island of Cozumel, an hour from the vibrant Playa del Carmen and two hours from the stunning ruins at Tulum. That’s right, Cancun is smack dab in the middle of everything fun.
If we had to use one word to describe Cancun, it would have to be “beaches”. Probably because this pristine paradise has 14 miles of the world’s most beautiful white, powdery sand beaches. And if you’re wondering what makes these beaches so much better than anywhere else, it’s the fact that Cancun is perfectly perched where the warm water of the Caribbean meets Cancun’s unique coastline. This protects the soft white shoreline and turns it into something really special. In other words, it’s the perfect beach location all year long.
Shopaholics, it’s time to smile. Cancun is bursting at the seams with street stand vendors, glistening high-end retail stores and downtown shops that are the perfect therapy you deserve. And if you’re looking for some insider tips on where to stock up, we have more than few. First, make sure you check out the east side of Tulum Avenue and Plaza Las Americas. It has some of the best shopping anywhere in the city. Seeking more of a hip shopping spot? Coral Negro is an absolute must. And if you’re in search of more of a high-end paradise, Kukulcan Plaza is just the ticket. Plus, the best part of all this shopping is you can get back all the taxes you paid at the end of your trip. This can be done at terminals two and three in the airport before you leave. Which is pretty much the ultimate tip.
Sure, Cancun’s resorts are totally amazing. But sometimes you want to get out and see the town. Don’t worry. The local nightlife of Cancun will not disappoint. In the heart of the hotel zone lays Coco Bongo Nightclub. And this isn’t just any nightclub. It’s a popular spot to drink in the sounds of the DJ and enjoy some spectacular acrobatics, celebrity impersonators and unbelievable dancing. Looking to dine on a 93-foot-long pirate ship? Then may we suggest checking out a pirate show and sipping a cocktail at the Captain Hook Pirate Dinner.
Okay, we’ve almost wiped away all the preconceived notions about Cancun. But there’s still one left. Most people still believe Cancun is a “tourist trap.” A place with all the glitz, but no true character or real sights to see. Fortunately for you, that couldn’t be any further from the truth.
First of all, do you like museums? It doesn’t matter. The Museo Subacuatico de Arte (Underwater Art Museum) is just for you. Rather than displaying artifacts behind glass, MUSA shows them off below the surface of the water for visitors to either dive or snorkel through. So even if you’re not a fan of those traditional museums, you’ll still love this truly stunning once-in-a-lifetime experience. And since Cancun is north of the largest concentration of Mayan ruins, there are some amazing opportunities to see some of the most unique ancient structures anywhere.
But if these experiences still aren’t quite enough adventure for the adrenaline junkie in you, take your pick of either zip lining or four-wheeling through the Mayan Jungles.
Or, if you prefer to spend some time in the water, kayaking or diving through a Yucatan cenote (an underground river in caves) is a stunning exploration of natural wonder. And since whale sharks are frequent visitors to the area, you’ll want to make sure you see them up close and personal by swimming alongside them from May through September.
So if you thought Cancun was just your run-of-the-mill vacation getaway, don’t worry, we’ll keep that our little secret. Just check it out for yourself and spread the truth about the real Cancun.