Would you believe that before 1970, Cancun was only a coconut plantation with 3 residents? Since then it has made for itself a name as one of the most famous beach resort cities in the world, and by far one of the two most well-known Mexican beach resort cities (the other being Acapulco.) Cancun was originally settled by the Mayan Indians, and was originally called 'Nizuc;' the name Cancun actually means 'nest of snakes' or 'place of the golden snakes.' Cheap flights to Cancun are readily available.
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Travel to Cancun, and be absolutely delighted by Cancun's glorious stretch of white sand beaches, and sparkling blue water. In addition to rest and relaxation at your hotel, there are a variety of historical, not to mention cultural and touristic attractions to take in while you're visiting.
The best tip for the traveler interested in seeing a little history while in Cancun, is to schedule a trip to Chichen Itza, a Unesco World Heritage site, and one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World.' An incredibly large Mayan archeological dig site, the pyramid of El Castillo is an amazing feat of architecture, with 365 steps, one for each day of the year. Come learn about Mayan history, astronomy, and at only two and a half hours away from Cancun, it's a relatively close trip.
Are you a nature or a sports enthusiast? With the second largest reef in the world, an excellent tip for any traveler is to participate in one of Cancun's many water sport options. Snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, sailing and wave running are also excellent options. Check out the second largest reef in the world by diving into the crystal clear sea blue water, with some of the best snorkeling and scuba in the world found in Cancun!
If you'd like to take in the town a little bit, enjoy fine dining, shopping and the famous white sand beaches, come for a visit to Isla Mujeres. Get to the Isla via ferry, and just stroll around, or visit the Hacienda Mundaca, a 'haunted' old mansion of Mundaca, a slave trader who died a mysterious death. There is also a fascinating sea turtle reserve, open to the public for viewing these beautiful, endangered species. The reserve breeds and provides treatment to injured sea turtle, in order to increase their numbers in the wild.
If you're with the kids, a great way to spend a few hours is by heading to the Interactive Aquarium, allowing you to get up close and personal with dolphins, manta rays and sea turtles. There is also a shark viewing tank, in order to view huge great whites and other monsters of the sea. Whether you've always wanted to swim with the dolphins or get the perfect family photo with sea turtles, the Interactive Aquarium is a great way to spend a few enjoyable hours.
Of course, one of the most famous things to do in Cancun is to visit one or more of its famous beaches. Commonly acknowledged to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, you'll be hard pressed to find a better hang out spot in Cancun. Whether you want to work on your tan, go people watching, or take in some water sports like jet skiing or snorkeling, Cancun's beaches are simply legendary.
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$147.02|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$91.61|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$7.52|
|Local draught beer||$2.04|