About Cancun

by SmarterTravel Staff
While it's true that Cancun was hit hard by Hurricane Wilma in 2005, most of its resorts are open again. And, several airlines have increased service to this winter haven on the Yucatan Peninsula. (Photo: Mexico Tourism Board)

Cancun's beaten path is paved with white sand and surrounded by turquoise waters. Its spring break is famous among college students, and the immensely popular beach destination also caters to families, couples, and other travelers year round.

Cancun's Hotel Zone is lined with all-inclusive resorts offering Caribbean-front accommodations, acres of pools, and beaches complete with bars and lounge chairs. English is widely spoken, and most resorts have a number of restaurants on-site.


There's no shortage of things to do in Cancun, from simply lounging on the beach to surfing, jet skiing, golfing, and snorkeling. Iconic Maya ruins such as Chichen Itza, with their soaring pyramids and ancient avenues, are well worth a day trip; and visitors looking for a slower-paced beach scene can catch the ferry from Cancun to nearby Isla Mujeres.

Because so many airlines fly there from cities around the U.S., airfare to Cancun is competitively priced and often among the most affordable to Mexico. Its location on the Yucatan Peninsula makes the Cancun International Airport an ideal entry point for travelers heading to Cozumel, Merida, and the cities of the Maya Riviera, including Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

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