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Cancún

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2 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
4 hours from Merida by car
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Cancún

Emilie Couillard Seasoned Traveller
117 written opinions

The turquoise water and white sand explain why the site is so popular. Cancun has got everything going for it. Nowadays, it's a very touristy destination, and this has rather spoiled this small coastal Mexican town.

My suggestion:
I loved swimming in Cancun's clear water and discovering its flora and fauna. It's a different world under the sea, so why not put on a snorkel and dive in head first!
My review
In the beginning, Cancun was an expensive and elite destination, but it was completely rebuilt in the '70s when mass tourism took off. The Mexican government were the first to invest because they thought that tourism was the key to economic development. Very quickly the thin strip of land was invaded by luxury hotels which nowadays are everywhere and which have destroyed the biodiversity of this little paradise.
Virginie Bigeni Seasoned Traveller
49 written opinions

A Mexican city lying on the northeast part of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun, the world capital of mass tourism, has undergone a rapid transformation in recent years. The city is very famous amongst Americans, who come to celebrate their spring break here.

My suggestion:
Don't stay in Cancún for long. Unless you've come to party in a place no longer bearing any resemblance to the real Mexico, you'll be wasting your time.
My review
Cancún, from what I could see on a trip to Mexico, has lost all its traditional charm and authenticity. Its location, however, is truly superb. What a pity! Because the sand bank on which it stands, surrounded by crystal clear water, has been ravaged, overexploited, and covered in hotels and other buildings. The beaches are dirty too. It truly is an eyesore. They've achieved what they wanted, however, because each year thousands of Americans come here to celebrate their famous spring break. As a party destination, of course, it's great: drinks galore, yacht-based cruises/night clubs day and night, discos on the beach with the sand between your toes, and an endless supply of alcohol. If you go there knowing what you're in for, with the sole aim of partying, then fine. Otherwise head somewhere else.
sonia goupil Seasoned Traveller
12 written opinions

Cancun, a non-stop party place for for American spring breakers is situated on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.

My suggestion:
If you're a party animal and have money to spend, then this place is for you. If you're looking for the country's soul, untouched landscapes and privacy... strike this town off your to do list.
My review
I didn't like Cancun or the Mexican Las Vegas (as I like to call it) at all! The setting is stunning (turquoise sea, white sand, palm trees) but blighted by hotels, complexes and resorts. It's a typical seaside resort but, without trying to be too negative, overun by gringos and Europeans who only want to do one thing - party night and day. If you want to show off and spend loads of money, then this is the place. You'll also be interested to learn that people don't pay with pesos but with US Dollars. Plus it's exhorbitantly expensive - tourist prices as opposed to other Mexican destinations that, to Brits, are cheap.

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