Cancun: The Ultimate Beach Vacation for All Ages

by Kristin Carleen Busse (Kristin)

Cancun is the #1 tourist destination in Mexico, and for good reason. With its white sand beaches, azure Caribbean waters and balmy tropical weather, Cancun attracts millions of visitors from all over the world who are looking for the ultimate beach vacation.

Cancun's Hotel Zone is an island, connected to the mainland at each end by bridges. On one side of the island, where most resorts are located, the Caribbean Sea hugs white sand shores, and on the other, Nichupte Lagoon sustains mangrove forests and other tropical flora and fauna.

There is something for everyone in Cancun, for singles and Spring Breakers, world-class nightlife, for couples, luxurious adult-only hotels, and for families, all-inclusive resorts and countless activities and attractions.

All-inclusive family resorts like the Beach Palace and Hard Rock Hotel dominate in Cancun, but visitors can also find smaller hotels like the Holiday Inn, adult-only resorts like Le Blanc and Live Aqua, and hotels that also offer European plans like Fiesta American Grand Coral Beach or JW Marriott. Travelers will find hotels to fit every budget.

Cancun offers hundreds of restaurants both in and outside of its hotels and resorts that serve both economical and pricey cuisine from all over the world. Visitors can dine on Argentinean, Japanese, American, Italian and of course Mexican food.

It difficult to do decide what to do first in Cancun because there are so many activities and attractions available. Take the Jolly Roger Pirate Show cruise or a snorkeling tour with Aquaworld, board the Ultramar ferry to Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) or visit a culturally rich eco park like Xcaret. For Shopaholics, grab the credit card and head to La Isla Shopping Village or Luxury Avenue.

Cancun's nightlife is world renowned. From huge nightclubs like Coco Bongo to lively bar/restaurants like Carlos n' Charlie's and everything in between, visitors can always find a party in Cancun.

The Mayan civilization roamed the Yucatan Peninsula, the area of Mexico in which Cancun is situated, for thousands of years and left behind remnants of their sophisticated society in the form of pyramids and other stone structures at Chichen Itza, Tulum and other archaeological sites. Travelers can explore these ancient cities and learn about this fascinating society.

Visitors shouldn't leave Cancun without visiting a couple of local favorites; its mysterious cenotes (freshwater sinkholes), authentic eats at Parque Las Palapas (Palapas Park) or shopping at Malecon Americas/Plaza Las Americas downtown.

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