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Overview:
Think about Cancun and you feel like you’re already relaxing on a warm, sandy shore watching crystal-clear waves splash below your feet.  More...
Dining:
If you think a trip to Cancun means a week of Mexican food, you're wrong.  More...
Attractions:
Without a doubt, Cancun draws in millions of visitors each year because of its world famous beaches and tropical atmosphere.  More...
Shopping:
Cancun has no shortage of shopping. From malls to markets to craft workshops, there's a variety of outposts offering  More...
Entertainment:
Cancun 's nightlife is legendary. After the sun goes down, the resort pulses with music and tourists swarm the bars,  More...


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Guide To Cancun
Without a doubt, Cancun draws in millions of visitors each year because of its world famous beaches and tropical atmosphere.Relaxing on the shores of the resort is one activity that just about everyone enjoys. But Cancun offers more than sand and sun – ancient ruins, sporting adventures, and charming islands are all worth leaving the beach to experience.

Scattered among the resort's modern hotels and restaurants are relics of the ancient Mayan civilization that ruled Cancun over 700 years ago. Tulum, a Mayan city dating back to the ninth 9 th century, is Cancun 's most popular archeological site, attracting over 2 million visitors each year. The Maya called Tulum the city of sunrise; today, the name remains fitting – dawn at Tulum is breathtaking. Near Tulum's entryway stands the two-story Temple of the Frescoes, an example of classic Mayan architecture and painting style. Just past the Temple of the Frescoes looms the Castillo (castle), the largest and most well known building in Tulum. The Castillo stands tall over the ancient city, rising up over a tropical jungle to the west and the turquoise Caribbean to the east. Take a break at Tulum Cove, a small inlet nestled next to the Castillo. Once an outpost for Maya trading ships, today the cove is an oasis for tourists who wade in the water after a day of sightseeing. From the Omni Puerto Aventuras Beach and the Eldorado Resort , Tulum is just a short drive away.

To see more of Maya civilization at its finest, take a day trip Chichen Itza or Coba. With its location a little off the beaten path, it's easy to make jaunts to these sites from the Hotel Riviera Caribe Maya . Between 700 and 1200 AD, Chichen Itza was the center of all political, economic, and military activity in Maya society. Its largest attractions are the Pyramid of Kukulan, named after the Mayan serpent god, and El Caracol, an observatory built to observe the planet Venus. Coba is another relic of ancient times, boasting one of the most magnificent temples on the Yucatan peninsula – the Nohoch Mul.

If you don't have time to visit any of the major ancient cities, check out some of the other archeological sites scattered throughout Cancun . Signs near the Riu Caribe lead the way to the small Ruinas del Rey (Ruins of the King). The 2 nd to 3 rd century BC Mayan city contains two main plazas and a pyramid adorned with paintings on its interior. The site may have been a royal burial ground and has been linked to ancient Mayan religious rituals. Ruinas del Rey's location near the center of the Zona Hotelera makes it an ideal place to visit if you have a few hours to spare during the day.

Bullfights are one of Mexico 's signature sporting events. Since Spain introduced the bullfight to Latin America in the 16 th century, the sport has become a staple of Mexican culture. The Plaza de Toros is Cancun 's premier bullring, hosting fights every Wednesday afternoon. A lively folk dance energizes the crowd before four bulls saunter into the ring. Charros (Mexican cowboys) follow the beasts and initiate the intense and often bloody spectacle. Most hotels, including the Park Royal Piramides Cancun , have bullfight tickets available for purchase.

Those in the mood for a more traditional vacation sport should tee off on one of Cancun 's many golf courses. Located at the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the Hilton Cancun Beach Resort features an 18-hole, par-72 golf course. The Moon Palace Golf and Spa offers package deals ideal for those who want to work on their swing under the Cancun sun. Cancun is renowned for its beaches for good reason – the sparkling white stretches of sand and clear aqua waters are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and strolling. Those who want to jump into the ocean should head to the beaches that face the Bahia de Mujeres, the waters on the windward stretch of Cancun . Strong currents can make swimming risky so take heed and don't venture into the ocean when red or black danger flags fly. Yellow flags warn swimmers to proceed with caution; green or blue flags mean that the waters are calm and it's safe to go in.

Hotel employees often keep watch over the beaches around their property so it is best to stay on the beach of your hotel. This is a pleasure if you're staying at one of the Zona Hotelera's many all-inclusive resort hotels, such as the Cancun Palace . Flanked by the waters of the Caribbean and the Nichupte Lagoon, the Cancun Palace is perfect for those who want to spend time in the water. Fans of diving or jet-skiing should check into the Hotel Sierra Cancun , a resort equipped with its own water-sports facilities. Relax peacefully on the beaches of Aventura Spa Palace , an adults-only hotel tucked into a quiet inlet on the Caribbean .

Those staying at beach-less downtown hotels can still enjoy the ocean. Playa Tortugas and Chacmool are public beaches that have restaurants and changing areas for visitors to use. Playa Marlin and Playa Ballenas are less crowded public beaches that are known for their smooth sand and spectacular views of the rugged surf.

Looking for more adventure in the ocean? Take advantage of Cancun 's wealth of snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. With its shallow reefs and diversity of ocean life, Cancun is one of the best places in the world to explore underwater.

The Cave of the Sleeping Sharks (once home to several of the animals, now shark-free) and El Garrafon are reefs that boast a wealth of sea creatures and several sunken boats for novice scuba divers to discover. More experienced divers can explore caverns and wellsprings. The largest operator of scuba trips and lessons is Aquaworld, located close to the Melia Turquesa Cancun . Dives usually begin in the morning and last for 4 to 5 hours. For those hesitant to plunge into the ocean, Aquaworld created the Sub See Explorer – a submarine-style boat that allows passengers to see below the surface of the water without getting wet.

El Garrafon National Park is one of Cancun 's most popular places to snorkel. Another option lies about 20 miles south of the resort: Puerto Morelos is a reef whose location close to the shore keeps its waters calm, shallow and ideal for snorkeling. Both places are short trips away from the Zona Hotelera: staff at hotels like the Avalon Grand Cancun can connect guests to travel agencies that sponsor day trips to snorkeling facilities.

Visitors who want to test out their diving skills before venturing underwater can practice in the dive tank and multiple pools of the Beach Palace or take part in scuba and snorkeling demonstrations at the Crown Paradise Club Cancun .

Wondering how you can see all of Cancun during your vacation? Take off on a panoramic helicopter tour of the resort and the surrounding areas. Many hover above the ruins to give passengers an overhead view of the magnificent Maya structures; some fly south along the Riviera Maya, cruising over tropical vegetation and sparkling shores. Hotel pickup is provided; the concierges at the Cameleon Marival Riviera Maya and the Paradisus Riviera Cancun have details on nearby operators.

For those who just want to marvel at all the resort has to offer, take the elevator to the top of La Torre Cancun, a rotating tower at the El Embarcadero entertainment complex located near the Fiesta Americana Condesa . Spinning 250 feet above the ground and looking down at the activity below, you'll appreciate Cancun and all its amenities in completely new way.

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