Description provided by VisitMexico.com
Cancun is located in the state of Quintana Roo (keen-tah-nah-ROW) and was a part of the ancient Mayan civilization and is still considered the gateway to El Mundo Maya (the Mayan World).
Cancun was built for tourism, and continues to meet the needs of its more than 3.3 million annual visitors. Cancun delivers to travelers the best of many worlds: the Caribbean and Mexico; modern and ancient; action packed and laid back. Cancun is unequaled in its ability to offer cultural treasures, natural beauty, infinite activities and North American-style conveniences.
Due to its near perfect weather, natural beauty and easy accessibility from North American gateways, Cancun emerged as the government’s top candidate. What was once a remote and tiny fishing village of just 12 families was cultivated into the ideal Mexican vacation spot. It capitalized on, without compromising, the region’s natural resources. You will find Cancun’s hospitality staff to be among the best-trained in the world at leading hotel brands represented.
The landscape of Cancun encourages the growth of many exotic flowers, such as flamboyances (named for the dazzling orange-red splash they make lining sidewalks and plazas) and fascinating fauna, like the prehistoric-looking iguanas.
If you are a sports enthusiast, Cancun has five golf courses, the second largest coral reef in the world for snorkeling and scuba diving, sport-fishing and jungle tours and so much more. Cancun delivers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, along with turquoise waters, making it Latin American’s most important leisure destination.