Destination of the Week: Cancun
A tropical destination that’s imbued with the mysterious history of the Mayans, Cancun rates high on the holiday hotspot list. It ticks every box for a beach holiday, including year-round mild temperatures, powder-soft sand and fabulous resorts. The region, located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, is also blessed with nature’s finest offerings, including national parks and marine life to spark the inspiration of every diver. Really, this destination is a no-brainer – we simply say, bring it on!
What to do
While you’re having the classic beachfront holiday in Cancun, you won’t have to look far to find adventure and excitement as well. Do the Mayan trail and explore the ruins of Tulum, situated on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean. A day trip will allow you to see Chichen Itza, Isla Contoy National Park and Isla Holbox, the now legendary place to swim with whale sharks.
More underwater magic awaits at Xcaret ecological park, where you can spot sea turtles and swim with dolphins. When you’re well and truly water-logged, head to Coba to clime Nohuch Mul, which is the Yucatan’s tallest pyramid. Still want more? Take a bird watching tour into the heart of the jungle.
Shopaholics are well catered for, with the Shopping Village at La Isla and souvenirs galore no matter where you go. After dark, Cancun hits the ground running with vibrant discos in the resort areas and salsa bars downtown.
Where to stay
Within the tourist zone of Cancun, you’re only limited by your imagination with dream accommodation options, including all-inclusive resorts, bed and breakfasts, family-friendly hotels and super luxurious 5-star high-rises. You can also choose to stay in Cancun City, or ‘Centro’ which is great for the wallet and lets you see how the locals live.
ME Cancun (£££)
Located in the heart of a luxury lover’s paradise, the ME Cancun is an adult-orientated hotel with everything you need for a 5-star adventure, including 24-hour in-room dining, pools, spa services, gourmet restaurants and a trendy beach bar. The only problem you’ll have is actually finding the time to leave all that’s on offer at this hotel!
Salvia Cancun (££)
For families and groups, the Salvia Cancun couldn’t be in a better location to make the most of all the action. There’s room options that include full kitchens if required and the hotel boasts tropical gardens, a pool and a pool bar for days when you just want to relax.
Hostel Cancun Natura (£)
When you’re ready to party, the Hostel Cancun Natura puts you a mere 5 minute’s walk from the famous Co Co Bongo Club and the Hard Rock Café. The hostel offers shared dorms and private rooms, a terrace and a 24-hour front desk to help you out.
Where to eat
With a mix of European and Mexican food, seafood and spicy delights, Cancun delivers on the food front. Eating out in the tourist zone means choosing from international and local restaurants to suit any taste, or you can go downtown for cheaper prices and local culture.
La Destileria (£££)
Are you a huge tequila fan? If so, La Destileria is the restaurant for you. Not only can you try over 100 varieties, there’s even an onsite tequila museum. If you remember to eat, try the Shrimp Quesadillas and the caramel crepes.
Labna Restaurant (££)
To dive into a Mayan theme, visit Labna Restaurant and discover Mexican food with an exciting twist. You can join the locals at a weekday buffet or get a sample platter to try a little bit of everything to really get your tastebuds going.
La Pasteleteria (£)
Located on Avenida Coba, in the downtown area, La Pasteleteria is a thriving little café with a varied menu that everyone will like, including soups, salads, fish and desserts – all with a price tag that’s friendly on the wallet.
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