With its stunning beaches and non-stop nightlife, purpose-built Cancun is one of Mexico's most popular holiday resorts. Shaped like a number 7, it's surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the and the Nichupte lagoon on the other. All that water makes Cancun a great place to try fishing and diving – and the powder-white beaches offer an impressive choice of water sports. The area's beautiful eco parks allow unforgettable experiences like zip-wiring through the jungle and swimming with dolphins. Cancun boasts plenty of ancient historical sites, with the Mayan ruins of Tulúm, and Chichen Itza both nearby. After dark, the resort comes alive with a heady mix of bars, restaurants and huge nightclubs. When it comes to places to stay in Cancun, many hotels are beach front and all inclusive, with everything from simple bases, family hotels and luxury resorts to choose from. As one of the world's premier spa destinations, Cancun boasts a high concentration of first class spa hotels. With so much to see and do, it's easy to see why holidays in Cancun are a big hit with families, couples, solo travellers and groups of friends.
Kick back and relax on the pristine beaches, or enjoy waterbased activities including scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing. Cancun's golf courses are a big hit with golfers, while adrenalin junkiues love zip wires through the jungle, jeep safaris and mountain biking. Shop in traditional craft markets, designer stores or ultramodern malls. Head to one of the area's ecological parks and swim with dolphins. Families shouldn't miss a trip to the thrills and spills of the Wet n Wild water park. Cancun is rich in ancient heritage and the nearby Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza are an absolute mustsee.
The nightclubs in Cancun are renowned for being some of the best on the planet. At venues like The City, Coco Bongo, Dady O, and the Bulldog Caf, there are laser and light shows, acrobats, special live acts and worldfamous DJs. Lively bars like Senor Frog's and Carlos and Charlies are open until the early hours with a true party atmosphere. Live music venues feature everything from jazz to rock to salsa. Lounge bars such as Nectar and the Thai Lounge offer contemporary dcor, comfortable seating and VIP areas with live DJs playing more chilled out music. Despite its vibrant nightlife scene, Cancun is a popular resort with families and many hotels offer inhouse entertainment with children in mind.
Cancun boasts a huge choice of places to eat, with everything from downtown traditional Mexican restaurants to ultrachic restaurants dotted alongside the Nichupte lagoon. There are places to suit every taste and budget throughout the resort. As well as Mexican favourites like burritos and tacos, you'll find a good choice of international restaurants and fast food outlets. The national spirit is of course tequila. For a great value holiday, consider booking an all inclusive hotel, where meals, snacks and selected drinks are usually included in the cost of your holiday.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
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