Top 5 Reasons Why Cancun Should Be Next Destination
Cortney Cook, Special to CP24.com
Published Monday, August 24, 2015 4:20PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 4, 2016 1:12PM EDT
Admired for its ability to provide vacationers a memorable experience no matter their interests, Cancun is the young, coastal city of Mexico that transcended from a small sand barrier 35 years ago to one of the most popular travel destinations; specially designed to appeal to millions annual visitors with a variety of vacationing tastes.
1) The Relaxer:
With 23km of soft, white-sand beaches and clear blue water, Mexico’s most popular resort is a relaxer’s paradise. Many vacationers commented on travel websites that wherever they stayed it was tranquil with great food, along with many extras. The once remote and tiny fishing island is now home to top-rated hotels, bars, restaurants, and shops.
One of the more popular locations is Quintana Roo with very scenic beaches, and it’s also an admired place for retirees to spend their winters because of the accessibility of all the essential amenities.
2) The Partier:
You can easily tire yourself out between all the dancing at nightclubs, taking in the culture at colourful festivals, and shopping through all the luxurious malls. Cancun Centro (downtown) offers a rich Latin ambience with cheaper shopping compared to the glitzy Hotel Zone, where Kukulcan Boulevard is an energized party zone that features some of the best nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and shopping malls.
Depending how much you want to live it up, there are options that will excite partiers of all sorts—either in the city or on the beach.
3) The Recreationalist:
From golfing, to boating excursions, to a plethora of water sports, to bull fighting (yes that is something you can see), Cancun offers activities for all tastes.
Divers can enjoy one of the most prominent diving destinations in the world, the Mayan Barrier Reef, which is also the second largest reef in the world. If you’re just trying out diving, enjoy the leisurely pace of the northern part of Punta Cancun, where you can explore the vibrant coral reefs of Banderas and El Bajito. Those looking to test their diving skills can take on the east-side reefs of San Miguel.
The sports enthusiasts can also enjoy activities such as horse-back riding in the ancient Mayan forest of Tulum, as well as parasailing, kayaking, rafting, jet-skiing, and wind-surfing.
For less intense sports, recreationalists can take part in submarine tours, deep-sea fishing, and boating excursions. A favourite is the Interactive Aquarium where you can observe fascinating aquatic life. A frequented spot for snorkeling is the Isla Mujeres; also known as the “slice of heaven” which gained international attention for its beautiful aquatic conditions that is abundant with marine life.
Finally, Cancun is often referred as a golfer’s paradise because of its dozens of courses created by world-renowned designers such as Robert Trent Jones Jr. Mexico’s golf-credentials have enjoyed an enormous boost ever since many of these courses, such as Pok-ta-Pok have hosted PGA sanctioned golf events with American TV coverage.
4) The History Buff:
Cancun is revered for its ancient history and fascinating culture of the Mayans. The history of the northern region of the Yucatan Peninsula is an exciting tale of the Mayan and Hispanic people, and the area is still considered the gateway to El Mundo Maya (the Mayan World) and El Rey is one of the largest archaeological sites that is saturated with remnants of the Mayans; illustrating the mysticism and natural beauty of their culture.
History Buffs can also observe HanalPixan, an ancient ceremony the Mayans took part in to receive their dead—a ritual very dear to them.
5) The Eco-Tourist:
Discover eco-tourism at its grandest by exploring the geography of Cancun and the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula. The Nichupte Lagoon is among the most popular destinations as it is abundant with plant and animal life such as vibrantly colourful birds, reptiles, monkeys, and some of the most fascinating and most dangerous jungle cats such as jaguars—wildlife tourists can admire on the very scenic Jungle Tour.
The Holbox Island is a picturesque island that is comprised of 36km of white sand and coral beach, and is considered of the most important ecological regions in the world as it is home to a great diversity of ecosystems. It is also part of the protected Yum Balam Natural Reserve. Tourists can even assist scientists in protecting flamingo populations at the nearby Isla Pajaros.
With breathtaking landscapes, awe-inspiring ecosystems and wildlife, and dazzling city life with colourful and ancient culture, Cancun does not disappoint in catering to many traveler lifestyles.