Located on the northeast coast of the state of Quintana Roo in the east coast of Mexico and more than 1.700 km. away from the capital Mexico City. Cancun has the only airport in the Riviera Maya, meaning that all tourists going to Playa del Carmen and Tulum land here too.
Cancun was born in the minds of ambicious tourist planners who wished to build a touristic complex in the new Yucatan with a fame capable of shaming Acapulco in the 1970’s. The chosen location was a deserted strip of sand in front of the Puerto Juarez coast, on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. It was called Cancun, which means “Serpents Nest” in Mayan. To the government of the local government, this was a huge investment in tourism. Huge amounts of money were spent to complete the project and make sure it could fit thousands of tourists.
Cancun is in reality 2 different cities:
The city center and the Hotel Zone. The City Center is built around Tulum Av, an avenue lined with trees, flanked by banks, malls and restaurants.
The Cancun Hotel Zone
is where most of Cancun’s hotels are located, and where most of the tourists that come to Mexico’s number one tourist spot go to enjoy a beautiful vacation at the World’s best beaches which combine white sands and crystal clear waters in Cancun Mexico.
These beachfront hotels cover most of the beaches and also have private access to the beach.
The main street is called Kukulcan Blvd, a name which it owes to the supreme god of the Mayans, as Cancun means Serpent’s Nest. On the opposite side to Cancun’s Hotel Zone beach area is the Nichupte Lagoon (salt water). All kinds of seawater fish, crocodiles and other animals of the region call it their home. On this side of the Hotel Zone you will find the best restaurants offering international and typical food, shopping malls, lagoon tours, marinas to rent out yachts and the Pok ta Pok golf club which is the perfect palce to watch spectacular sunsets.
In the Hotel Zone of Cancun you won’t only find luxury hotels at great prices, you will also find the best bars and nightclubs in Cancun, as well as some of the best restaurants. At Plaza Forum, which is also located in the Hotel Zone of Cancun, you will find the “Party Area” and the most exclusive malls in the Hotel Zone, amogst them Plaza Kukulcan, Plaza La Isla, Plaza Caracol and Plaza Forum. Nightlife here is always very vibrant. Amongst the most popular places, it0s enough with mentionin Hard Rock Cafe and the Rainforest Cafe. For those who enjoy dancing, there’s a lot to choose from: La Boom, Coco Bongo, Dady Rock and Dady ‘O and many others.
It’s the perfect city for those who won’t miss out on their vacation shopping. Stores of all the major European and Worldwide brands are located at these malls.
Cancun offers a wide selection of excellent restaurants.Ranging from fast food to american style theme restaurants (Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood, All Star Sports, Rain Forest Cafe) to the excellent restaurants that serve mexican, italian, argentinian, chinese, japanese, etc.
These are the most famous restaurants in Cancun:
“La Última Cena” specializes in Italian food, located in the Plaza Kukulcan mall.
“La Destileria” where you can enjoy delicious traditional Mexican dishes and taste the country’s best tequila.
“La Farándula” with local cuisine, is decorated in a way that reminds of great Mexican movies of the 50’s.
For the Seafood Lovers, we recommend “Lorenzillo”, while those who enjoy beef better will definitely appreciate “Cambalache”.