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Cancun is not just for Spring Break!

Cancun is not just for Spring Break!

Blacks Who Travel in Cancun Mexico MLK Weekend 2018

Blacks Who Travel in Cancun Mexico MLK Weekend 2018

Spring break has made Cancun popular in the United States, however, the Yucatan Peninsula has so much more to offer!  Cancún, Mexico is a city on the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea.  Like the United States, Mexico too has States and Cancun is in the State of Quintana Roo. Cancun is known for 3 things Mayan Ruins, beautiful beaches, and an outstanding nightlife.  Mayan culture can be found everywhere in Cancun and white sand beaches line the shores.  No matter if your idea of nightlife is dinner or dancing Cancun offers both!  Cancun is not just for Spring Break!

Coco Bongo Cancun

Coco Bongo Cancun

Cancun’s International Airport is the second busiest airport in Mexico.  It is a true destination airport and not just a hub where people change planes.  In addition to the international flights, the domestic side of the airport is also busy with passengers coming from other Mexican Cities. Cancun is also accessible by boat and by car.

 

History of Cancun

Cancun

Cancun

Cancun was developed in 1970.  The Country was looking to create a new resort area.  Mexico already had Acapulco in the South, Puerta Vallarta in the West, but nothing in the East.   The Mexican federal government financed the first 9 hotels.  The tourism project really took off as more and more resorts were built.  The white sand, blue ocean, and the beautiful resorts began to attract people from the Americas (Canada, the United States, and South America) as well as the Europeans.  Cancun even started to become popular as a place to vacation with the people of Mexico.

Meaning of the Flag of Mexico

Meaning of the Flag of Mexico

Things to do in the Waters of Cancun

Mojitos, overlooking the Water!

Mojitos, overlooking the Water!

If you enjoy swimming Cancun has a lot to offer.  The Cancun resorts have excellent pools and magnificent beaches.  Most resorts feature swim-up bars and while others have spas and loungers built in.  Many of the resorts in the Hotel Zone have a private beachfront for swimmers.  Close by is Isla Mujeres which offers one of the largest beaches in the area called North Beach.  It is surrounded by shopping and restaurants.   Cancun has a large barrier reef that provides some of the top snorkeling adventures around.  If you are a diver then there is plenty to see under the seas including the Mexico Underwater Museum of Art.  

Underwater Museum of Mexico

Underwater Museum of Mexico

Boating in Cancun

Boating is another way to get around in Cancun.  Catamaran is a popular choice and you can never go wrong with a yacht.  Boat excursions range from trips to Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, and other close islands.  Boats are used to transport Vacationers for snorkeling and sightseeing. One very interesting Boat Excursion was Xoximilco Cancun.  This excursion is a Mexican Floating Fiesta.  3+ hours of partying.  A small boat maybe 30 feet and close to 7 feet wide.  There is a long table almost the length of the boat.  A 4-course meal is served and 4 styles of Mexican Music are enjoyed.   

Floating Mexican Party

Did you know….

 

Mexico has a population of 127.5 million (2016).  The capital and largest city in Mexico is Mexico City. Mexico is set up like the United States.  The country is divided into 32 federal entities.  Today, all thirty-two are States.  2 years ago, like the United States, they had 1 (Mexico City) that was a federal district just like Washington DC. It has recently become its own state.

The United States is roughly 5 times larger than Mexico. Mexico is approximately 1,964,375 square kilometers, while the United States is approximately 9,833,517 square kilometers. The population of Mexico is 39% of the population of the United States.  The population of Cancun is around 628,306 (2010)

 

The Layout of Cancun

Cancun Beachfront

Cancun Beachfront

Cancun has 2 distinct areas: the more traditional downtown area, El Centro and the Hotel Zone (Zona Hotelera).  El Centro has more of the traditional shopping with malls, department stores, and local shops.  It also has Mexican markets where visitors can find merchants selling bags, sombreros, and trinkets.  Mexican cafes and restaurants are abundant and the buildings are colorful.  The Hotel Zone is a tourist area East of Cancun and is a long strip of beachfront with high-rise resort hotels, nightclubs, shops, and restaurants.  

 

Options for Tourist

Cancun offers a range of options for tourists.  Most are familiar with the Hotel Zone and the many All-Inclusive Resorts.  There are traditional hotels and an influx of Airbnb in and around Cancun.  Beyond the typical tourist attractions, you will find high energy, trendy nightclubs, Bull Fighting and unique projects like the Underwater Art Museum.  If you like history even a little bit then be sure to visit any of the Ruins.  The Ruins will give you valuable insight into the Mayan culture and civilization.

Cancun Mayan Ruins

Cancun Mayan Ruins

 Cancun has been made popular by Spring Break.  That is the one time I would not want to go.  However, Cancun has 3 things to offer all year around. Those are the Mayan Ruins, Beautiful Beaches, and Outstanding Nightlife.  Cancun is one place you can go to have a good time all year around!  Cancun is not just for Spring Break!

 

Top things to do in Cancun: According to US News

https://travel.usnews.com/Cancun_Mexico/Things_To_Do/

  1. Chichen Itza
  2. Isla Mujeres
  3. Playa Tortugas
  4. El Rey Ruins
  5. Delphinus Dreams Cancun
  6. Playa Delfines
  7. Pok-Ta-Pok Golf Club
  8. Interactive Aquarium
  9. Coco Bongo Cancun

 

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Bill Collins

Bill Collins is a former Army Officer turned veteran traveler. I have traveled to 28 different Countries mainly concentrated in the Central & Latin America and have spent the last 16 years exploring the Caribbean Islands.

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