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Holidaymakers will find a true beach paradise in the Mexican city of Cancun, which is surrounded by the soothing waves of the Caribbean Sea. Expect high-end luxury hotels, soft sandy beaches, and enough shopping and clubbing opportunities to entertain the groups, families and couples that holiday here.

Why go?

From its sugar-soft sands and crystal clear waters to ancient historical sites and outstanding scenery - a holiday in Mexico will have you hooked...

There are 14 miles of beach on which to lay your towel in the Cancun tourist area, which is on the Yucatan Peninsula. At the northern end of the district you'll find calm waters, and in the south, rougher waters are perfect for watersports. The resorts of Cancun run down the coast along the beautiful Riviera Maya and end in the south at Tulum.

Tourists arrive at Cancun International Airport (CUN) on scheduled flights as well as direct charter flights from across the UK.
Visitors are torn between resorts such as Xcalak,Playa del Carmen, the tiny island of Isla Mujeres,Playacar, and the eco area of Xcaret. The main strip of Cancun itself is renowned for being the wild child of the peninsula. She's ready to entertain with restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Getting out of the resort and shaking off the excesses of the night before is a must when in this part of Mexico. There is so much beauty and intrigue just itching to be discovered.

Cool off in the underground river that is Rio Secreto, or take in some art with a twist at the underwater museum known as MUSA. The aquarium on La Isla will be a treat for the kids, while Garrafon Natural Reef Park offers a further enchanting glimpse into the underwater world of Mexico.

Very few outsiders visit the unspoilt Isla Holbox, where you can see fishermen at work and where you can witness Mexico at its most quiet.
Avoiding the crowds might not be possible at Chichen Itza. One of the Seven New Wonders of the World, the ancient Mayan city is a bit of a hike from Cancun, but it is definitely worth it.

The city of Merida, some four hours from Cancun by car, is also worth the time and effort as it is bursting at the seams with colonial history and architecture.

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When to go?

Hot hot hot is the only way to describe Cancun weather. However, you could be caught out with rain if you don't pick carefully when to travel...

Temperatures hover between 25°C and 30°C from March to November, with averages dropping only a degree or two between December and February. Humidity is high, and the rain can't really make up its mind when it wants to fall. September and October are the wettest months, but, as with most tropical climates, the rain can come and go again as quickly as you can say umbrella.

What's on?

Let the good times roll on holidays in Mexico when you can opt to join in with one of the many events held throughout the year. Here are some of the best...

Carnival; February/March: Colourful costumes and joyous parades mark the start of the Catholic period of Lent. The streets are filled with music, dancing and delicious morsels of Mexican food.

Cinco de Mayo; May:
Feasting, drinking and dancing form a large part of the Cinco de Mayo festivities - will you notice a difference from any other day in Cancun?

Day of the Dead; October 31 - November 2: Don't be put off by the macabre overtones; this event is a time for celebration as families remember their loved ones. Visit cemeteries to see lavishly decorated gravestones.

What to do?

Whether it's relaxing on the beach, exploring a national park, or visiting an underground river, there is plenty to keep you entertained on holiday in Cancun...

Relaxing: Playa Delfines, or Dolphin Beach, is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Soak up the sun in this undeveloped spot, admire the phenomenal view and enjoy a day in your own little slice of paradise.

Active types: Just 25 minutes from Cancun, Garrafon Natural Reef Park on Isla Mujeres offers numerous activities to keep sporty types busy. Snorkel, zip-wire over beautiful scenery, swim with dolphins or enjoy exploring by bike.

Romance: Share a magical experience together by visiting the spectacular underground river, Rio Secreto. As you swim and wade through the caves, thousands of stalactites and stalagmites cast an ethereal and haunting feel over this secret river.

Kids & teens: The whole family will have a whale of a time at the Wet n' Wild waterpark. If the twister, kamikaze and bubble space bowl all sound too crazy, take a trip down the lazy river and bob around under the Caribbean sun.

Nightlife: Whatever type of nightlife you want on holiday, Cancun's winning combination of super-clubs, lounge bars and live music venues will leave party animals spoilt for choice.