MEXICO & CANCUN HOLIDAYS
Holidays to Mexico - a beach lovers paradise
Holidays to Mexico - a beach lovers paradise
Let’s hear it for the all-inclusive hotel resort. No wallet, no cash, no stress. And nowhere does it quite like Mexico’s Cancun, where you can expect nothing less than fun, fiesta and flamboyance. It is a lively resort and a holiday magnet for sun worshipers throughout the whole year. But there are two sides to Cancun. One is the hotel zone – inclusive resort hotels that cater for tourists from all over.
The other is downtown, a Mexican city with restaurants, nightclubs, shopping malls and markets, that while generally considered safe, can get fairly colourful late into the early hours. The beaches certainly don’t disappoint, with sparkling white, coral sand and clear blue waters offering the perfect setting for watersports like sailing, surfing, and paragliding. Nearby islands like Isla Mujeres and Cozumel offer quiet waters well-suited to scuba diving and snorkelling. Kids too will enjoy the chance to swim with dolphins at the giant aquarium in the Xel-Ha eco theme park. For a flavour of Mexico’s history, definitely take in the Mayan archaeological sites not far from Cancun, including the ruins at Tulum, the pyramids at Uxmal, and the famous temple of Chichen Itza. So much more than beautiful beaches, the destination is a unique combination of resorts, historical attractions and glorious cuisine.
Located where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea, Cancun is a hot spot for all sorts of seagoing wildlife which people from around the world flock to see. One of its most famous residents is the world’s biggest fish; the whale shark. Despite its enormous size (some specimens are more than 40 feet in length), this gentle giant is totally harmless and feeds only on plankton. The whale shark’s docile and peaceful nature allows swimmers to get up close and personal on the Mexican Whale Shark Adventure.
While it is certainly the biggest fish of the Caribbean Sea, the whale shark is far from alone out there. Other famous natives include the huge manta ray (which is another harmless plankton feeder) as well as bottlenose dolphins and green sea turtles, all of which can be met on. Note to be outdone, the creatures which live on top of the region’s water are every bit as beautiful, with many species of exotic looking birds calling the area home. Of these, the most flamboyant and colourful of these is the great pink flamingo.
While there are ancient Mayan relics scattered all across the country of Mexico, some of this mysterious and ancient civilization’s most awe-inspiring structures can be found near Cancun, with many day trips to the more spectacular historical sights operating out of the area. Perhaps the best known archaeological site in all of Mexico is Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the official Seven Wonders of the World. Chichen Itza was once the capital city of the mighty Mayan Empire and home to the Pyramid of Kukulcan, the terrible feathered Mayan serpent god and his Temple of Warriors.
Other amazing Mayan historical structures in the region include the pyramids of Uxmal and the city of Izamal, which contains over one million cubic metres of ancient Mayan ruins. Both of these extraordinary historical locations can be explored as part of the 2 Day Yucatan Adventure Tour.
While visiting, you should definitely set aside some time in your schedule to plan a day trip to the beautiful Isla Mujeres island, which is located only a short ferry ride away from Cancun. This island paradise’s laid back and relaxing atmosphere is the perfect antidote to the often hectic Cancun beach and party scene. Complimenting the island’s gorgeous seaside sights are its quaint, traditional fishing villages where visitors can dine on fresh seafood that has been plucked from the sea earlier that day. Oftentimes, the fish you are served on Isla Mujeres restaurants has only been out of the water for an hour.
Once you’ve had your fill of fresh fish, you can go on to explore Isla Mujeres’ Hidaldo Street, also known as El Centro, which is home to the island’s main entertainment venues and local souvenir markets. It is also possible to take a snorkeling or scuba diving trip from Isla Mujeres. These crystal clear waters are home to all sorts of tropical fish and even dolphins which often swim very closely to tourists. For an even more unique experience, check out the Cancun Underwater Museum. This one of a kind museum can only be reached by means of scuba diving and features 400 detailed clay sculptures.