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Welcome To Cancun

By Josh Hill

Posted: 6th March 2015 11:33

The most eastern point of Mexico and bordered by the Caribbean Sea, this vibrant city is a popular destination for those who want to combine the best of a beautiful tropical location with unrivalled and unabashed hedonism. 

With mile after mile of pristine golden sand, wonderful opportunities for watersports, (home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, Cancun was surely made for scuba divers) a sultry nightlife scene and a dizzying array of excellent resorts, restaurants and activities to tempt pleasure seekers, Cancun is the perfect playground for those used to the finer things in life.  But is hard to believe that this decadent destination began life as a small, unassuming fishing village; prior to the 1970s, this small corner of Mexico was largely overlooked.  However, a period of investment and re-development heralded in an age of radical transformation; with the intention to rival Acapulco (Mexico’s original ‘party town’.) This was undoubtedly an ambitious plan, but the completion of the Playa Blanca Hotel (now Temptation Resort) cemented Cancun’s status as a destination for the elite.

Snorkelling and Diving

From Cancun to Tulum and in between, this stretch of coast is a true haven for beach lovers.  There is a beach to suit every need or personality; from lazy stretches of white sand to intriguing outcroppings and unusual inlets, the diverse qualities of Cancun’s beach scene will make it difficult for you to pick your favourite.

Beaches bordered by the Caribbean Sea will undoubtedly offer unrivalled opportunities for snorkelling and diving.  Punta Nizuc boasts an incredible lagoon and the Banderas and El Bajito coral reefs, ensuring it is just as popular with divers.  These reefs are part of the Great Mesoamerican Reef; the world’s second largest, it provides shelter for a diverse array of marine life, including manta rays, barracuda – and even sharks. 

Half Moon Beach is the perfect beach to indulge in a spot of snorkelling.  The small inlet is protected from harsh seas and thus is rich in coral and sea life; snorkellers won’t need to swim too far out of their depth to catch a tantalising glimpse of turtles and barracuda, not to mention scores of inquisitive, colourful schools of fish.  The beach itself is quiet and relaxing, though an abundance of coral washed up to shore means it is not ideal for sunbathing. 

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