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On the dreamy, tropical shores of southern Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun has been a huge hit with all types of holidaymakers since the 1970s, when it was first developed into a resort destination to boost tourism.
Cancun’s ace card is its miles of ice-white, powder-soft beaches lapped by the Caribbean Sea. Throw in the fact that its cuisine is one of the world’s most popular, that it’s surrounded by ancient ruins and rainforest-shrouded natural pools, and you’re likely to be packing your bags already.
Cancun is also famous for its raucous party scene. Nap on the beach in between all-day pool parties and late evenings at nightclubs that don’t close until the crack of dawn. There’s something for all tastes, from salsa bars and laid-back lounges to legendary, hands-in-the-air super clubs.
However, if this is exactly what you’re hoping to avoid, don’t worry. The Hotel Zone is split into sections with the revelry largely contained to one area. There are dozens of resorts that are designed for families and/or couples, around which you’ll find world-class spas and fine-dining restaurants where the high-quality tequila is for sipping not shooting.
Around Cancun, there’s so much to discover. Take day trips to ancient Mayan ruins, such as the pyramid-structure of Chichén Itzá, and cool off in the clear water of hidden cenotes – natural limestone sinkholes tucked into the Yucatan’s rainforest. Sail out to nearby reefs for snorkelling or diving with tropical fish and cruising turtles or plunge down to Cancun’s famous underwater sculpture museum.
*ATOL (Air Travel Organiser's Licence) is a financial protection scheme for package holidays: It provides support to consumers in the event their holiday provider collapses. Booking with an ATOL holder ensures that you won't be left out of pocket and you won't be left stranded abroad. All package holidays compared using TravelSupermarket are protected by ATOL.
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Cancun is just the tip of the Mexican beach holiday iceberg. Go a little further afield and discover the lesser-known resorts of Mexico's Caribbean and Pacific coasts.Read more about Beyond Cancun: Great resorts in Mexico
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