Cancun is one of the most popular destinations for overseas visitors heading for Mexican soil and it isn’t hard to see why.

Located on the Yucatan Peninsula along the Caribbean coast, it wasn’t that long ago that Cancun was just a small fishing port where locals would spend their days quietly going about their business.

However, the arrival of the tourist trade has seen Cancun transformed into one of the top destinations in the region for anyone looking to embrace the conditions and enjoy a HOT Holiday in the sun.

The weather in Cancun is reflective of its position close to the Caribbean, with temperatures that run into the 30s during the height of summer of mid-20s during the winter months.

During the summer months you might encounter some rain, although the sharp showers on an evening tend to pass quickly.

One of the top draws of Cancun as a holiday destination is the beach, which runs for more than 20km along the coast.

The stunning white sands are perfect for relaxing under the sun and topping up the tan, although there are also plenty of opportunities to sample different watersports for those who want to be more active.

Given how long the beach stretches for, there are plenty of quiet areas if you want to escape the crowds whilst the popular sections around the heart of the resort are close to plenty of bars and restaurants that line the front.

Once you’ve spent the day enjoying the beach, Cancun is home to some of the best nightlife anywhere in Mexico, with night clubs where you can dance until the early hours and fine dining restaurants where you sample top class cuisine whilst listening to live music.

With a range of activities both in Cancun and the surrounding area to appeal for all manner of travellers, from those travelling alone to couples and families, it is easy to see why the resort is so well visited every year.

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Things to do in Cancun

Tulum

Tulum is a preserved Mayan site that is located along the coast from Cancun and that is certainly worth a visit if you want to explore one of the best preserved examples of ancient Mexican history. The Pyramid El Castillo and the Temple of the Frescoes are amongst the most impressive structures you might want to visit.

Chichén Itzá

A few hours inland from Cancun, Chichén Itzá is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Mexico. One of the largest cities that dates back to Mayan times, Chichén Itzá is dominated by a huge temple that stands nearly 100ft high, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is an island that belongs to Mexico and which sits off the coast near to Cancun. The island is home to a number of impressive beaches on which you can relax as well as a selection of diving sites and Dolphin Discovery – where you can take to the water to swim with these majestic creatures.

Ventura Park

Ventura Park is one of the go-to attractions for families who are heading for Cancun thanks to a range of different activities that are suitable for all ages. Youngsters will enjoy the various rides in Fun World, whilst those with a need for speed car head for the karting track. Arguably the jewel in the crown however is the Wet’n Wild Waterpark, which includes a selection of slides, a wave pool and a lazy river.

Shopping

No matter what you are looking for, there is a good chance you’ll be able to find it for sale somewhere in Cancun. The La Isla Shopping Village is a great place to head if you’re looking for the very latest designer gear whilst there are plenty of markets and smaller stores across the city where you can hunt for a bargain.

Nightlife

There are few places in Mexico to match Cancun when it comes to a good night out, with the resort coming alive when the sun goes down on an evening. There are plenty of bars and clubs where you can dance until the early hours.

Golf

The area round Cancun is home to a plethora of top quality golf courses, which means there is ample opportunity to get a round in during your time away from home. No matter what your handicap may be, there will be a course where you can be challenged.

XCaret

XCaret is an eco-archaeological park located along the coast from Cancun that provides a chance to go on a journey through Mexican culture thanks to more than 50 different attractions. Enjoy a traditional Fiesta Charra, swim in underground rivers or alongside dolphins and embrace stunning views from a rotating tower.