In the ‘60s it was only a fisherman’s island on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, with turquoise waters, miles of white sand beaches and luxuriant flora. In 1970, the Mexican government decided to develop it into a tourist attraction. After 44 years, Cancún is one of the top two mexican resorts, along with Acapulco.
More than 14 million visitors passed through their international airport last year – while Cancun is popular among spring breakers and has hundreds of hotels, luxury shopping centers, nightclubs and restaurants along its extra long beach strip, there are also many attractions beyond the city: Mayan ruins and many nearby paradises more family-oriented or for travelers with a lower budget. Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, it’s also great for snorkeling or scuba diving.
And, of course, Cancun and its surroundings are an ideal weddings or honeymoons destination. 🙂 This is the first article in a (what’s going to be a very long) series dedicated to this kind of places.
GETTING THERE AND AROUND:
An international aiport is located 12 miles outside the city, connecting it to North America, Europe and Asia. It’s a 20 minutes trip by car but you can also take the bus – Cancun’s public bus system is an economical and comfortable way to travel. Within the city, the bus has plenty of stops and will get you anywhere between 6 a.m. and midnight. Out of town routes originate at the downtown terminal.
WHERE TO STAY:
Cancun is divided into two parts: The Hotel Zone (Isla Cancun) and Downtown. The first is located along the beach and it’s the main partying zone, separated from the second one by Laguna Nichupte, a freshwater lagoon. The downtown area is less expensive, but you’ll need to get somehow to the beach (by bus or taxi).
WHEN TO GO:
Typical tropical climate, with a storm season that lasts during the summer and autumns months. September and October should be avoided due to the occasional hurricanes. Even during the winter months, the temperatures can top 28°C. During summer, it’s between highs 20s and mid 30s. Spring months are the driest.
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CANCUN WEDDINGS:
Passport, birth certificate and tourist stamp or visa upon entering Mexico, plus blood test for both parties prior to the marriage. You can find plenty of essential details on this topic at AllAboutCancun.com.
More articles about attractions in Cancun or nearby:
– Cancun @ VisitMexico.com
– Top 9 Day Trips and Excursions Near Cancun @ HunffingtonPost.com
– Cancun Attractions @ AllAboutCancun.com
– Cancun Things to Do @ VirtualTourist.com