Cancun – by Irene Butler –
Published in Air Canada Vacations E Newsletter –
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a true “slice of paradise,” where vestiges of Mayan civilizations, steamy jungles, white-sand beaches, blue-green seas and modern centres all converge into the ultimate travel experience.
With something for every age, taste and budget, the northern cities of Mexico’s state of Quintana Roo offers up many prime places to explore from the shores of Cozumel and ancient mystery of Mayan Riviera to the mega playground metropolis of Cancun.
For non-stop action—Cancun is where it’s at. Start things in stride. Awake to the sound of the lapping ocean. Stroll along the sandy strip in the Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) where resorts line the famous Kukulcan Boulevard. Then “charge it!” at the ultra modern malls that grace this area with specialty shops and brand name goods. Colourful markets and panoply of great restaurants also abound. Club-goers are also in their glory here—Cancun’s nightclubs rock!
A short stint from Cancun is the Ruinas del Rey (Ruins of the King). Built centuries ago by fishermen, today this small, archeological Mayan ceremonial ruins are surrounded by the Hilton Cancun Beach & Golf Resort’s 18-hole golf course. Be sure to opt for a guided tour and hear stories of ancient Mayan body art practices such jade grillz (i.e. tooth jewelry),
From Cancun, take a ferry to the Isla Mujeres (Women’s Island) for a glimpse of slower paced local life, complete with daily siestas and late night dancing in the town of Playa Norte. Shallow water at the north end beach is great for wading. Snorkel and diving devotees are ubiquitous in deeper areas.
Perfect for teens and adult funsters, Playa del Carmen is the place to be and be seen when it comes to partying in the Caribbean. At nightfall, the 5th avenue strip (Quinta Avenida) comes alive dotted with bars and clubs suited for every taste & style.