In 1969, the Bank of Mexico chose Cancun as a location to develop for in the hopes of building a tourism industry for Mexico in the Caribbean market. Cancun has grown quickly since its birth and is now the home of over 500,000 residents and is one of the hottest vacation destinations in the Caribbean.
Cancun sits on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The peninsula extends from the country of Mexico in Central America into the Caribbean Sea. The state of Quintana Roo boasts beautiful beaches on the Caribbean coast and jungle inland beyond the city. The area is also home to some of the most famous Mayan sites.
Take a boat tour of the coast or a fishing excursion around the island. There are even submarine tours that let passengers experience the coral reef up close without getting wet. Swimming with dolphins, snorkeling and diving are available in the Mayan Barrier Reef. Parasailing, water skiing and wind surfing are also popular.
Hop in a hummer and take a bumpy tour through the jungle. Explore the vast vegetation and caves in the Mexican rainforest. Tour some of the hidden archaeological sites left by the ancient Mayan society. A short excursion can take you to the capital of the Mayan empire, Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world.
On the island area of Cancun is an area known as "Hotel Zone." Being a beach resort area, there is no shortage of luxurious hotels. There are spa hotels, all-inclusive resorts, luxury hotels and adult-only resorts. And since all of the hotels are located in the same area of the very narrow island, every location is on the beach and near the sea.