A peninsula of immaculate beaches flanked by a calm sapphire-blue sea awaits those who embark on a Cancún vacation. Contented vacationers fill Playa Tortugas’ crescent bay as bars and restaurants buzz with the beat of Caribbean-style grooves. Further south, in the Zona Hotelera, luxury hotels dot a long sweep of soft pearl-white sand where relaxed families enjoy famously warm Mexican hospitality. Take a 20-minute ferry to the palm-fringed island of Isla Mujeres and be seduced by the tranquil ebb and flow of tropical life.
Cancún’s translucent sea attracts shoals of brilliantly colored tropical fish along its Great Mesoamerican Reef – a 724-kilometer-long sculptured world of dazzling coral. Scuba-dive or snorkel through bathtub-warm water among hawksbill sea turtles, majestic manta rays and rare manatees. Trek through the mangrove forests and explore the deep caves of the area’s Mayan jungle. Families flock to ecological theme parks, like Xcaret, to swim with docile dolphins or cool off in the natural underground cenotes (a system of springs and underground caves).
Unbridled dancing, sophisticated dining and elegant lounges attract vacationers to Cancún’s whirlwind of night-time events. Follow the Latin beats at Azucar with steamy salsa played live to a packed audience of fun-loving regulars. Pockets of Nichupte lagoon give way to exclusive outdoor bars with cool minimalist terraces raised above crystal- clear water. For refined cuisine head to the luxury Cancún hotels on Playa Ballenas where fresh lobster and cold margaritas are served to a chic, smartly dressed crowd.