The State of Quintana Roo, on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, hosts Mexico's most visited beach side resort: Cancun (pronounced "Kan-KOON").
In the mid 1970's, the Mexican Tourist Board needed to identify areas for tourist development to attract much-needed foreign income into Mexico. A deserted island, disconnected from the Mexican mainland, with silky-soft, talcum-powder-like beach sand, was to be the setting for what was to become Mexico's largest, most popular and most successful tourist spot.
Cancun is easy for foreigners to travel around. Everyone speaks English, you'll see names and brands that you are familiar with at home and everything is catered for. Cancun is the place to come if you're looking for a hassle-free holiday and that also offers the opportunity to discover some archaeological wonders left behind by the Mayas.
Cancun's international airport is one of the busiest airports in Mexico, receiving frequent flights from the US, Canadian and European cities. From Mexico, you can fly to Cancun from Mexico City.
Over two million people flock to the shores of Cancun annually, and there is good reason for this. The local environment is stunning; the beaches are pristine and the sea here is perfect for swimming and water activities; added to this, within a short traveling distance visitors can find themselves at the heart of some of the most amazing and breathtaking archaeological wonders of the world.
Cancun is a traditional commercialized resort. The island is now connected on both sides with bridges and all along the main avenue (Avenida Kukulcan) you'll discover a plethora of hotels and resorts, shops, restaurants, bars and night spots - in essence - all of the ingredients you'll ever need for that no-hassle, chill-out and relax holiday in pleasant surroundings and fine weather.
Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel are all nearby, and you can discover these places individually with Mexperience. The archaeological wonders at Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba are three of the main historical attractions in the area. A little further away, but well worth the trip if you have the time and inclination is the colonial city of Merida and nearby archaeological site of Uxmal - one of the most attractive of all ancient ruins in Mexico.