Today feels like a good day to daydream about somewhere warmer… Cancun is one of the biggest tourist towns in Mexico, known for its legendary Spring Break parties, crocodile-filled lagoon and beautiful white sand beaches. Before the 1970s, Cancun was a small fishing village located on some unknown lagoon. Today, Cancun is one of the biggest resort towns in Mexico and home to the country’s second busiest airport. There are many reasons why people love to plan their vacation around this destination.
The beaches on the Caribbean really are amazing, and we’re lucky to be able to visit this part of the world. Since it’s inception in the 1970s, Cancun has surpassed the previous two classic draws on the Yucatan Peninsula -Merida and Cozumel – to become number for sun filled vacations. Someone saw the potential in building a tourist industry on the Caribbean and is has transformed Mexico’s Caribbean into what it is today. Cancun is home to an international airport which has grown to become the second busiest in the country, and has given the world access to the incredible beaches of the Riviera Maya.
During our time living on the Yucatan Peninsula, we avoided Cancun for the most part. For the locals, it’s just another lagoon with a bunch of big hotels. A source of income and employment. When we traveled to Cancun, we were likely on our way somewhere else. We’ve seen a few great things along the way, which is what we’re here to share this afternoon.
What makes Cancun so amazing?
Cancun may be known as a spring break escape, but it shouldn’t be judged by one week. It’s a versatile destination catering to all types of travelers; families of all sizes, young people who want to party poolside or those who have retired and need a few extra weeks of sunshine in their yearly diets. Cancun is a place to escape to, and there are many reasons why.
Realistically it is the warm weather and beautiful white sand beaches that makes Cancun so amazing. It is also where the nearest international Airport is located, so the travel time is shortened and there are many great day trips and attractions located nearby to keep visitors entertained for a week or more.
Both of us fell in love with the Riviera Maya for reasons that didn’t include Cancun. We wouldn’t be honest to anyone telling you why we love it here. While we don’t place this high on our personal list of favourites, the rest of the region opened up for us to explore because of Cancun, and we can’t argue that the beaches are amazing. Cancun has it’s own charm, so feel free to love away. We’ve still found some great adventures in the few trips to this area.
The reason you come here is for the beautiful beaches, warm weather and the extreme hospitality of the Mexican people.
Where is Cancun and how do you get there?
Cancun is the gateway to the Riviera Maya for millions of tourists every year. This resort destination was part of a vision in the 1970s which would bring tourists to Mexico’s Caribbean coast. It is popular with both Mexicans and foreigners.
From Cancun you can drive towards the beach towns of Puerto Morellos, Playa del Carmen or Tulum. The entire Caribbean coast has several resort hotels with “private” beachfronts to enjoy, surrounded by the water which comes in different shades of blue. The jungles are filled with tropical birds and monkeys. It is certainly a place to escape the real world.
You can spend one day at the beach and the next at an ancient ruins, leftover from the Mayan civilization that once lived on these lands. Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and worth the day trip to visit. There are theme parks and islands to explore nearby. Cancun has a little bit of everything.
It is truly one of the most beautiful tropical destinations that has earned its status as tourism super center. 2020 was supposed to be a big celebration for Cancun, as it was hoping to celebrate it’s 50th year in style, but there were other things that happened this year making that impossible. They were quick to institute new safety protocols and quickly were able to welcome back tourists in the safest way possible allowing it to remain one of the best places to travel to for many years to come.