Cancun extends over a strip of land which snakes between the Nitchupte lagoon and the transparent waters of the Caribbean Sea. On this coastal strip 12 and a half miles long, nearly thirty thousand hotel rooms are on offer.
Today, local authorities in this seaside resort, built in the 1970s, fight against the polluting effects of the tanning products from the hordes of bathers!
So, be aware that if you give in to the incomparable beauty of these turquoise waters and heat of this tropical paradise for Americans, you will find a relatively banal setting of an international seaside resort; in short this is a quite a tasteless and characterless world. To have a pleasant walk, however, go to Tulum Avenue in the historic district of the city.
If you are tired of Cancun and the bustling of tourists, get aboard a trimaran for 30 minutes to get to Isla Mujeres, a small island which offers you sightseeing opportunities for a day. To book, most hotels leave the management of excursions in the region to travel agencies; they all have information and sales offices within the hotels. You can start by a day of diving in the lagoon of Cancun, but do not miss the Palancar reef that lies off the island of Cozumel, the largest in Mexico.
The Cancun region has the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere. So beneath the surface of the water you must set off on a discovery of the territory. Many hotels offer free introductory courses in diving in the swimming pool and contract out the courses under PADI certification.
To the west of Cancun, in central Yucatan, you reach the archeological site of Chichen Itza, one of the leading cities in the 'new empire' of the Maya founded in 987.
Another site, Tulum, whose façade on one of the main buildings from the 12th and 13th centuries on a cliff overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Combine this visit with a swim in the lagoon of Xel-Ha, a real natural pool, much frequented, where the fresh water sources and warm currents of the sea mix together. In all, plan a day including two hours and a half by car to visit Xel-Ha. If you like swimming in rivers (the famous cenotes dug in the limestone ground ) and the crystal clear waters of the lagoons, in the middle of tropical birds and brightly coloured butterflies, do not miss Xcaret, an eco-archaeological park an hour's drive away.
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The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 33°C and 36°C.
Rainy - averaging between 3.5mm and 4.5mm per day.
Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).
High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).
Near optimal comfort: moderate to light winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph) in a warm enviromnment (>24°C).
What about heading out to explore Yucatan's transparent waters? Nothing less than a clear turquoise Caribbean ocean should be expected in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. There is a strong party atmosphere for miles of white sandy coastline, from Cancun to Tulum, all unfolding in the sunshine. You will ...
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