Cancun Area Attractions
Cancun, on the
tip of the Yucatan peninsula, sizzles as Mexico’s top tourist destination
drawing more than two million visitors a year, making it difficult to fathom
that a half century ago, Cancun was only a blueprint. Launched in 1974 as a
“planned resort” built from scratch,
the classic struggle between man and bull (toro) to the downtown Plaza de Toros
Pok Ta Pok Club de Golf, Hotel Zone. (011) 52-98-83-1230
Melia Cancun Golf Club, Melia Hotel, Hotel Zone. (011) 52-98-85-1114
Kayaking and Windsurfing
Mall aficionados won’t suffer withdrawal pangs with many shopping malls offering a wide variety of shops, restaurants, movie theaters and boutiques.
The Mayan ruins of
Providing for expanded adventure, day cruises to
Diving and Fishing
El Mexicano has billed itself as the first and
only restaurant with a Folkloric Ballet and Mariachis Show every night. The
320-seat restaurant, with decor bringing to mind all those houses of the feudal
lords, is open from 4 p.m. to midnight daily offering views of live performances
from nine levels.
This charming isle about six miles from Cancun has three excellent beaches, the most popular being Playa de los Cocos in the north end, with calm waters and assorted water sports. Secluded Playa Lancheros, at the southern end, has live turtle pens and a separate swimming area. Playa Garrafon, a national underwater park, is ideal for snorkeling. Banderas, Cuervones and Manchones are reefs for experienced divers.
Ruinas del Rey
This small archaeological site is notable for the unusual
architecture of its two main plazas bounded by two streets. The majority of
Mayan cities had one plaza and few streets. This site may have been a royal
Paseo Kukulcán Km 17.
This reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site with more than a
million acres, divides almost equally among wetlands, tropical forest and marine
systems. Friends of Sian Ka’an is a non-profit organization operating
biologist-escorted tours from
About 25 miles from Cancun, Tres Rios stretches inland from a pristine white sand beach, encompassing subtropical jungle and mangroves, covering 370 acres and offering a prime selection of pools where the area's underground rivers come to the surface. Only in Tres Rios are these “cenotes” at ground level, found in the shallow rivers heading to the sea. Visitors can walk or bicycle through the jungle, canoe down the river, kayak in the sea, ride horseback along the beach, snorkel in the river or on the park's outstanding section of the Great Mayan Reef. Also awaiting are hammocks and space to build sandcastles.
This 250-acre ecological theme park along the coastline,
Xcaret features an underground river for swimming and a Dolphinarium where
visitors can swim with the dolphins.
Billed as the world’s largest natural aquarium, Xel-Ha is a collage of inlets, lagoons, sinkholes and caves where visitors can snorkel, swim, sunbathe, take a stroll or discover other charms of what was once a playground for the ancients.
This 90-plus acre private park has only 3 percent of its land
developed for access roads, baths and showers, two snack bars, and a seaside
restaurant, La Palapa. Ranked among the most diverse environments in