Crazy about Cancún

By Jo Finzi

There are many reasons for Cancún’s popularity as a tourist destination including: its gorgeous beaches with clear turquoise waters, excellent resort hotels offering a full range of amenities and modern facilities, gourmet restaurants, vibrant night life, great shops, and nearby Mayan ruins.

Further, Cancún has great weather, with an average temperature of 80 degrees F (27°C) and 240 days of sunshine each year, with little rain. The town has a non-stop party atmosphere and attracts numerous categories of visitors including families, seniors, students, couples, budget travellers and the rich and famous.

“Hand-picked by computer, Cancún is, if nothing else, proof of Mexico’s remarkable ability to get things done in a hurry if the political will is there. A fishing village of 120 people as recently as 1970, it’s now a city with a resident population of half a million and receives almost two million visitors a year.” say the team at Rough Guides.

“To some extent the computer selected its location well. Cancún is marginally closer to Miami than it is to Mexico City, and if you come on an all-inclusive package tour the place has a lot to offer: striking modern hotels on white-sand beaches; high-class entertainment including parachuting, jet-skiing, scuba-diving and golf; a hectic nightlife; and from here much of the rest of the Yucatán is easily accessible.”

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Mexican Hotel makes the top ten

Reaching number four on the latest Condé Nast Traveller guide of the top 60 new hotels is the Hotel Basico in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

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