Cancún has come to be synonymous with not only Mexican beaches, but just about any sort of tropical paradise combined with a massive party atmosphere.
Situated in the nation’s Yucatan Peninsula and blessed by the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, it’s a hugely sought-after resort area lined with hotels, restaurants and clubs. And while playing in the waves all day and dancing all night are standard past times, there are also archeological sites, museums and more.
Cancún has come a long way from its humble fishing village origins to the iconic destination it became in the 1970s. With a population of about ¾ million, there is ample infrastructure to serve the millions of tourists who come here every year. There are plenty of neighborhoods to explore, from Punta Cancún at the north end of the hotel zone to Downtown to the more remote Punta Sam. Nearby archaeological sites to check out include three prominent Mayan ruins: El Rey, San Miguelito and El Meco. And if you’re willing to drive a few hours, the world-famous Chichen Itza is also within reach.