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Cancun Introduction


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Cancun, Mexico, is wrapped in crystal clear water and brilliant sunshine, so it's no wonder its shoreline gets top billing. Government developers, looking for a way to eradicate the poverty of the region, created this comfortable resort area on the Mexican Caribbean from the sand up to take advantage of the gorgeous aquamarine water and tropical temperate climate. Cancun is the top resort area in Mexico.  Click here to see the full Cancun travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cancun Geography


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There are actually two Cancuns: the Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) on the island and "Ciudad" Cancun (better known simply as "downtown"), a district on the mainland that is more of a residential and business enclave. You can get from one to the other via a short bus or taxi ride.   Click here to see the full Cancun travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cancun History


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The low-slung jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula were first settled more than 2,000 years ago by the Maya. Their advanced civilization and elaborate temples continue to fascinate archaeologists and casual visitors alike. By the time Hernan Cortes began the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 1519, the Mayan culture was already in decline, but the conquistadores accelerated that decline with deadly European diseases and weaponry. Eventually, the northern part of the Yucatan was settled by landowners of Spanish descent who used the Maya as workers.  Click here to see the full Cancun travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cancun Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The sights most Cancun visitors want to see are the beach and the ocean. That's probably a good thing, because there aren't many other attractions—no true casinos, few historic sites, few public parks or gardens, and no historic neighborhoods.
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Cancun Nightlife


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Cancun is famous for its nightlife, and several of the big resort hotels in the Zona Hotelera have discos. Some also host Mexican fiesta nights that include dinner and a folkloric show. Many are within walking distance of each other on Boulevard Kukulcan near the Cancun Convention Center.   Click here to see the full Cancun travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cancun Restaurants & Dining


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As you might expect in a town full of upscale resorts, all kinds of international foods are available—haute cuisine as well as Chicago-style pizza and ribs. And wherever there are tourists, expect the usual U.S. franchises. Although dining is good in Cancun, it has become even better with the addition of several gourmet restaurants headed by celebrity chefs. Another fun concept at hotels is progressive dinners, or having the appetizer in one restaurant, main dish in another and dessert in yet a different one. Several top-ranked hotels are adding flair to their food and beverage agendas with these.  Click here to see the full Cancun travel guide on Travel42 »

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