Destination guide: Cancun & Tulum, Mexico
Cancun and Tulum are two of the most famous destinations in theCaribbean. Both are in south-eastern Mexico and are home to white sandy beaches and crystal-clear water, as well as exuberant native flora and fauna. Due to the large numbers of tourists who flock there every year, bothCancun and Tulum have a wide range of hotels and resorts to ensure a fun-filled vacation.
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Cancun & Tulum Overview
Unlike many cities in the world, Cancun just isn’t afraid. It’s unabashed and unapologetic, and in that lies its high-gloss charm. Like Las Vegas, Ibiza and Dubai, Cancun is a party city that just won’t give up. Top that off with a mighty fine beach and you have one of the western hemisphere’s biggest tourist draws, bringing in as many as four million visitors (mostly from the US) annually. You also have a boomtown economic juggernaut, and an accidental metropolis with a growing culinary sophistication. There are a few hip nightspots in the old downtown area and even some relatively authentic market areas. Whether you decide to stay in Cancun for a day or a week, it’s definitely worth your while to consider taking a day trip to one of the numerous sights and ecoparks found nearby.
Tulum’s spectacular coastline – with all its confectioner-sugar sands, jade-green water, balmy breezes and bright sun – makes it one of the top beaches in Mexico. Where else can you get all that and a dramatically situated Maya ruin? There’s also excellent diving, fun cenotes, great snorkeling, and a variety of lodgings and restaurants to fit every budget. Both Coba to the west and the massive Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka’an to the south make doable day trips. Plans to extend the runway and bring in international flights could change the face of this area forever. But for now, it’s still far enough off the beaten path to retain its laid-back appeal.
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