Cancun, a teeming city and world renowned tourist destination, is the gateway to the Mayan World situated on the northeast tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. Just three decades ago it was nothing more than a barrier island. Today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with over 26,000 rooms supporting a year-round population approaching 1,000,000 people.
The main tourist zone of Cancun is a 14-mile stretch island shaped as a 7 with beautiful beaches on the outside and an expansive lagoon on the inside. The oceanfront is lined with luxurious hotels and condo residences, and the strip is complete with many shopping outlets, marinas, gourmet restaurants, and state-of-the-art discos. The top of the 7 leads to downtown. Cancun and faces Isla Mujeres (Island of Women). The water in this area, the Bay of Mujeres, is generally calm and features an amazing array of colors.
The crux of the 7, Punta Cancun, is where most of the discos and bars are located and is referred to as the Party Center and has very much a Vegas feel. The stem of the 7 faces the open Caribbean Sea with wide open, white sand beaches, and arguably the most beautiful water you will ever see, and houses most of the top hotels in Cancun.
There are many services and attractions within immediate reach including golf, fishing, snorkeling, diving, ruins, boating and island tours. Many hotels offer spas with the most sophisticated equipment and treatments available. Dining in Cancun is also excellent with a vast array of hotel and independent restaurants offering world-class cuisine.Cancun is the ideal destination for those seeking an elegant and active experience.
The Riviera Maya consists of a stretch of 90 miles of beach on Mexico’s Caribe Coast and extends from Puerto Morelos in the north, just 20 miles south of Cancun International Airport, to Sian Ka’an Biosphere in the south. Formerly know as “The Corredor”, the Mexican government began the development and marketing of this region in the mid-1990’s. Highway 307, a modern and safe roadway, connects everything between these points.
There are currently over 30,000 hotel rooms in this region with the majority operating on the all-inclusive food and beverage plan. The hotels in this
region are designed to have minimal visual impact on the landscape and are therefore limited in most cases to 3 stories in height, providing a nice contrast to the tower-style hotels located in Cancun.
There are hotels of all types in this destination from small spa-orientated properties with 30 rooms to deluxe convention facilities with over 2,000 rooms. Demand is so great for this destination, there are expected to be 100,000 total rooms available in the Riviera Maya in 10 years from now.
What drives the demand
for this destination?
It starts with the beautiful beaches along the Caribbean and the unique attractions such as the Mayan ruins of Tulum, eco-parks such as Xel-Ha and Xcaret, the natural and mystical sink-wells called cenotes, and the many water related activities including great fishing.
There is so much diversity in activities available that there is quite literally something for everyone, including world-class golf.
In the heart of this destination is the fascinating town of Playa del Carmen which is positioned directly in front of Cozumel. Once a small fishing community and an entry point to the mainland from the island, Playa now features an inviting ambiance for visitors with its famous 5th Avenue, a pedestrian walkway extending for 1 mile featuring shops of all types, cozy bars and varied restaurants. It is a great place to sit at a café or bar and watch the world go by!