Much is unknown about this young tourist destination. For example, did you know that Cancun has existed as anything other than a small fishing village for less time that Hawaii has been a U.S. state?
Top 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Cancun & Why You Should Visit
If you think you know all there is about this Caribbean Coast, you better think again. We’ve rounded up 7 things you didn’t know about Cancun, Mexico so you can discover what lies beyond the palm-dotted beaches, turquoise seas and all inclusive hotels!
ONLY 3 PEOPLE USED TO LIVE IN CANCUN
In January 1970 there were only three people living in Cancun, and they were the caretakers of a coconut plantation. Today, this all-round resort hosts over a whopping 700,000 residents due to its rapid development. Unsurprisingly, it’s also one of the best-value destinations so waste no time with our cracking luxury deals on hotels – or why not go exclusive with our Cancun, all inclusive deals?
MAYA BARRIER REEF IS THE SECOND LARGEST IN THE WORLD
Second only to Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef, the Maya Barrier Reef is one of Cancun’s major draws, full of kaleidoscopic marine life, swaying corals and crystal clear turquoise waters to swim and snorkel in. If you want to go snorkeling or scuba diving, Cancun is a great pick – with plenty of schools on hand to help you achieve your PADI!
IT HAS THE LONGEST UNDERWATER CAVE IN THE WORLD
Cancun is best known for its snorkeling and diving opportunities and while most enthusiasts would be happy exploring the reef, the cenotes are even more sensational. These cenotes (which make up miles upon miles of caves and caverns) are freshwater underground sinkholes – the largest of which is known as Ox Bel Ha, which at 134 miles, makes it the longest underwater cave in the world! You can explore them for yourself if you’re an avid diver, while some areas are fine for snorkeling or just surface swimming in too.
YOU CAN SWIM WITH THE LARGEST FISH IN THE WORLD
Between May and September, shoals of whale sharks congregate in the waters off Cancun, and while they’re absolutely massive (some measuring in at the size of a bus!), they are completely harmless and will happily let you join them on a swim – so go ahead, you’ll have a whale of a time!
THE SAND WON’T BURN YOUR FEET
If you thought Cancun’s beaches couldn’t get any better, they just did. The 14 miles of shimmering white sands found in this stunning city are actually made of crushed coral, meaning it will naturally feel cool underneath bare feet – despite however hot the weather! Even more reason to enjoy family holidays on the Caribbean Coast.
January is a great time to visit Cancun, with temps averaging at a comfortable 23ºC and highs of a toasty 27ºC – perfect for lazy days on the beach and exploring the iconic sights.
You Can Visit Maya Ruins Right in Cancun’s Hotel Zone
The ancient Maya, so famous for their major cities, elaborate architecture and amazing scientific feats. The culture spread out through the southern part of what is now Mexico, as well as a large part of Central America. In other words, the Maya also inhabited what is now Cancun. And although not in the proportions of Chichen Itza, Tulum or Coba, impressive Maya ruins can still be found and visited right in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone:
· El Rey, known by some as the playground of the ancient Maya during the Post classic period (1250-1630 A.D.), is located just a short walking distance from the Hilton Club (Blvd. Kukulcán, 19 km).
· San Miguelito (1250-1550 A.D.) boasts several pyramid-shaped temples. It can be visited on a well-worth educational journey to Cancun’s new and impressive Cancun Maya Museum.
· Yamil Lu’ um, a site that consists of two small temples that were probably used as watchtowers and lighthouses around 500 or 700 years ago, is located next to the Sheraton Cancun Resort & Towers on the highest point of the almost totally flat Cancun.
IT’S ACTUALLY AN ISLAND
The infamous Hotel Zone in Cancun which is a peninsula on a peninsula! It’s shaped like the number 7 when you are looking at Cancun from the air — so the hotels on the strip have beachfront facing the Caribbean Sea on one side, and the Nichupte Lagoon on the other. Easy access to the main peninsula is still available via bridges.