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Cancun, Mexico: AerialView!

Cancún is one of the most important tourist complexes in Mexico and the world.  Its superb location, shaped like an island, its year-round mild climate, and its gorgeous, warm, sandy white beaches washed by the Caribbean sea are ideal for water sports!

The waters of the bay sheltered by Isla Mujeres are calm and perfect for surfing, sailing, underwater diving and boat trips; those facing the open surf have stronger currents but can also be suitable for fishing and snorkeling.
 
Cancún has a first rate tourist infrastructure and services.  The most famous hotel chains in the world have combined luxury and comfort with hospitality and all of them offer access to tennis courts as well as relaxing spas.
 
Nightlife in Cancún’s hotel zone is extremely varied.  You'll find some of the largest discotheques in the world & fine restaurants.  Looking for a calmer atmosphere... there are jazz, piano bars as well as traditional mariachi music.
 
The numerous marinas facilitate this type of activities in both the bay and Laguna Nichupté where we recommend you try the kayaking.
 
Cancún has fascinating Mayan remains with a museum displaying pieces of this culture.  It has excellent overland and air links that will whisk you to some of the most impressive places in the Mayan World in both Quintana Roo and neighboring Yucatán.
 
Cancún also has plazas and malls carrying everything from handicrafts from all over Mexico!

~ Orientation ~

Cancún is situated in the state of Quintana Roo on the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, a seal-head shaped land mass that stares longingly towards Cuba from Guatemala and Belize.  Cancún is on the northeastern tip of the Peninsula, fronted by Bahía de Mujeres (Bay of Women), the Caribbean Sea and two lagoons.

Cancún is actually two places in one.  On the mainland lies Ciudad Cancún, a planned city founded as the service centre of the resort.  The main north-south thoroughfare is Avenida Tulum, a long tree-shaded boulevard lined with banks, shopping centres and restaurants.  The smaller, low to medium-priced hotels and restaurants are within the city centre.

The 23km (14mi) long sandy island, Isla Cancún, is known as the Zona Hotelera or Zona Turística.  Boulevard Kukulcán, a four-lane divided avenue, leaves Ciudad Cancún and goes 9km (5mi) westward to Punta Cancún.  The boulevard then heads south for 13km (8mi) to Punta Nizuc, where it turns eastward, rejoins the mainland and heads inland to the airport.

Cancún International Airport is 8km (5mi) south of Ciudad Cancún.  Puerto Juárez, the port for passenger ferries to Isla Mujeres, is about 3km (2mi) north of the centre.  The busy bus station is just west of Avenida Tulum.

Stephen M. Miller, MD, PC, FACS

~ Riviera Maya ~

Fly to Cancun and enjoy a scenic drive south to fascinating Riviera Maya, with its unspoiled pristine beaches, tropical jungles and ancient Mayan ruins.  Snorkel in crystal clear turquoise waters.  Enjoy the best values under the sun as a vast array of fabulous new all-inclusive resorts.  Also known as the Cancun Tulum corridor, this nearby area of lush, natural coastline from Cancun south to Tulum is home to several attractions that should not be missed on a Cancun vacation.  The 100 km stretch known as the Riviera Maya is in the middle of the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana RooHere the towns are smaller and there are fewer tourists with miles of solitary virgin beaches, sparkling white sand and crystalline turquoise waters.  The second largest reef system in the world, the Great Maya Reef, runs along the coastline and an unrestrained jungle surrounds the towns and beaches.  In this part of the Mexican Caribbean full of exotic tropical animals peering or flying through the branches, there are many places to explore.  A unique and complex underground river system flows beneath the surface and visitors with magical caverns, caves and cenotes (sinkholes).  There are also hundreds of archaeological sites, remnants of the incredible and timeless Mayan civilization, and a spectacular and plentiful marine life.

 Playa Del Carmen is located 41 miles from Cancun, easily accessible by bus, taxi or car, Playa del Carmen is not only the main port for departure to Cozumel but a quiet resort village with lovely beaches and casual shopping, in short, a place to relax.  Thirty miles further down the coast lies Puerto Aventuras, a perfect backdrop for a leisurely vacation.  Continue south to Akumal, a nature lover's paradise.  The resort areas of Riviera Maya offer spectacular snorkeling and diving, intriguing Mayan history and an array of fabulous new hotels.  The short ferry ride to Cozumel takes around 25 minutes and is approximately $6.00 per person round trip.  For those who get restless, Playa is home to an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Von Hagge.

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