Cancun

By: Kristy Annely

Cancun is a beautiful place situated in the heart of Mayan Mexico. It was in the 1970s that Mexico’s tourism planners decided that a beach on the Yucatan Peninsula close to the fishing village of Puerto Juarez would be an ideal location for a major tourist Mecca. Keeping this in mind, they set about building one of a world-class resort.

Today with a population of 500,000, Cancun attracts about 2.7 million visitors from around the world every year. It is hard to believe that thirty years ago the island had a population of only three workers attending to a coconut plantation. The Cancun Hotel Zone is an island of luxurious hotels that provides a great base for daytime activities like snorkeling, to an unsurpassed night filled with some of the best nightlife in the world. This Hotel Zone is joined to the mainland at the western end by a bridge that leads to Ciudad Cancun, and at the southern end, by a bridge that leads to the international airport. A Cancun vacation brings to the mind long stretches of white beaches that lead to the bluest waters of the Caribbean Sea, thus making this a top destination for beach lovers. For food lovers, downtown Cancun is the place for Mexican food with a glimpse of real Mexico. Spring break is one of the favorite times to visit Cancun. Cancun spring breaks take place from late February to late April.

On October 21 and 22, Hurricane Wilma, a category 4 hurricane, made a direct strike on Cancun, causing severe damage. However, despite initial reports, all is not lost and extensive clean-up work and renovations have taken place. To clear any doubts on this fact, there are many photos taken since Wilma struck Cancun found on the Internet, to see how remarkable the beach recovery has been.

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