Cancun: Why it might be the best Caribbean destination for you
Located on the Yucatan peninsula on the eastern coast of Mexico, Cancun rivals the Caribbean islands and vies for the title of one of the best Caribbean destinations.
Graced with first class beach resorts, perfectly styled golf courses, premier spas and internationally recognized nightlife, Cancun thrills and relaxes at the same time. Of course, Cancun is just one city in a large and growing area of resorts and hotels so one choice you’ll need to make is where to stay in the Cancun area.
Below are 6 reasons why visitors choose Cancun as their Caribbean destination time and time again.
It's easy to find cheap flights in and out of Cancun's international airport
Due to its large volume of yearly visitors, Cancun’s international airport (CUN) makes it easy to find both direct and connecting flights in and out of the area. When planning, you’ll also find that there are many different airlines that fly into the airport from nearly every major city in the world, allowing you the chance to find the most convenient flight time along with the most affordable.
If you wish to hire a charter flight, you also find CUN to be easily accessible. There are also a number of first class shops and restaurants located within the airport that are great for helping to pass the time should you have some before or after your flight.
Cancun is home to an abundance of affordable beach resorts
Cancun redefines luxury with affordable yet luxurious hotels and resorts along the beach line, located within the hotel zone. Included in many area resorts are world class spas, golf courses, nightclubs and access to white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. The resorts themselves are not only easy on the eyes, but the wallet as well while taking pride in offering the best of the best.
Due to the abundance of beach resorts available, you’ll find a nice selection of resort type. Some resorts cater to families while others are best suited for adults only. This adds to the Cancun’s value in that you have the option of designing a more tailored vacation.
Cancun is a paradise for golf enthusiasts
Everywhere you turn, you’ll find beautiful golf courses, some of which have been designed by golf experts such as Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. Internationally recognized golf companies are top investors in the area, which is known to be one of the most competitive locations in the world.
Golfers will also find many golf courses right within the hotel zone, adding travel ease to the equation. Once on your chosen course, you’ll be met with fine imported grass paired with the natural scenery and gentle breezes of the Caribbean.
Cancun is one of the premier spa destinations in the world
With over 30 different highly praised spa resorts in the area to choose from, you should have no trouble finding your perfect fit. Some offer private rooms, while others transport you into a state of bliss with massages right on the beach.
If you’re feeling a little adventurous, try a Temazcal, a Mayan style steam bath where you’ll listen to native songs sung by a Xaman guide while breathing in ‘copal’ and aromatic herbs that have been infused with the steam.
Cancun is surrounded by stunning Mayan temples and ruins
One of the traits that separates Cancun from other Caribbean destinations is its close proximity to Mayan ruins. Due to this, you’ll find that Cancun serves as a great cultural destination enriched with strong Mayan history.
In fact, Cancun’s largest archaeological site, El Rey, is located right in the hotel zone and is home to a few local iguanas. There are also other smaller ruins located nearby but for those looking for a nice day trip, take a visit to Chichen Itza or Xcaret, both of which are located within an hour and half or less from Cancun. If you are coming to Cancun for attractions you should check out our review of the Go Cancun Card for possible savings.
Cancun is known for its world famous nightlife
If you’re dreaming of music, drinks and dancing till the sun comes up, Cancun’s nightlife will do everything but disappoint you. With a wide selection of nightclubs, bars and music venues, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for night after night.
You’ll also find a large array of music to choose from including jazz, electronic, salsa, rock and more. Because the nightlife here is so famous, you’ll likely run into an internationally famous DJ or two that have come to play at one of the local clubs or bars. An added bonus? Cancun’s nightlife is open all year round and is not just for the spring break crowd.
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