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Cancun Holidays

A holiday to Mexico’s Cancun revolves around the beaches andluxury resorts that stretch from the Zona Hotelera south to Punta Nizuc, enclosing the Nichupté Lagoon. Honeymooners and couples breaks abound here but there’s action for intrepid travellers too. West and inland from the Caribbean Sea are day trips to jungle ruins leftover from Mayan civilisations, caves and underwater pools, an ancient world that can be explored on day trips.

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Cancun is a relatively new player to the holiday destination table. Construction only began in the seventies and the scene remains all about beaches, luxurious but affordable all inclusive package holidays and the neon lit boulevards of Party Centre where doors are kept open late. It’s well suited to young honeymooners and couple getaways. But unlike most resort towns, Cancun rubs shoulders with old and cultured neighbours that are easily reached on day trips from the hotels on the Caribbean Coast. Add pre-Colombian walled cities such as Chichen Itza and Tulum to your itinerary and learn of the Mayans societal structure amidst the ruins of the Temple of Warriors, The Temple of a Thousand Columns and the Castillo Pyramid. Save swimming in the Ik-Kil cenote (an underground pool) for afterwards to cool off when the day is hottest. The Yum Balam Reserve is where whale sharks arrive to feed and mate from spring through to autumn.

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Best Time to Visit Cancun

Thanks to Mexico's tropical climate, Cancun temperatures stay relatively steady throughout the year. But the wet and dry seasons are pronounced. December to April is the priciest and most popular time to visit, when temperature averages are around the 25 degrees Celsius mark. Beaches are particularly crowded at this time of year, and you'll find that accommodation and flights are cheaper towards the end of peak season. Although hurricane season is officially between June to November, August and October see the brunt of the bad weather. The sea temperature is warm year round thanks to the Yucatan current.

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Things to do in Cancun

Honeymoons in Cancun

Beaches are Cancun’s forte. The centrepiece has to be the Riviera Maya along the east coast, well established as a spot for honeymooners and proposalsl.  It’s flanked by Mayan ruins on one side and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef on the other. By day, take in vistas of the Caribbean Sea from pre-Colombian vantage points and descend through verdant rainforest to the coastline at sunset – a winning recipe for any act of romance, honeymoon or otherwise. Add in the range of all inclusive packages and hotel deals that bring luxury accommodation into the realm of affordable and a honeymoon in Mexico becomes a no brainer. If the ruins and jungle, not declaring vows of undying love, are more your sense of adventure, a night or two in a cradle of luxury at the end of an expedition is in order, if not well deserved.

Ancient Ruins

Cancun literally translates to ‘nest of snakes’. Not reassuring but Mayan mythology revered serpents as the vehicle used by celestial bodies to cross the heavens. They can be seen at various ruins of the Yucatán Peninsula, such as the sculptures at the foot of the stairs to the Temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza. Day excursions and tours to ruins such as these are easily done from Cancun. To the south and more accessible are the ruins of Tulum, set atop 40 metre high cliffs with views of the Caribbean. Cities such as these were not only important trading posts of commodities such as obsidian but epicentres of Mayan civilisation. The crowning glory has to be the cenotes – limestone sink holes once used to sacrifice human life to deities. Nowadays they’re underground pools to cool off in after tramping the ruins; an ethereal swimming experience.

Surrounding Nature

The Yum Balam Nature Reserve to the north is 154,000 hectares of wetlands and mangrove swamps. You can track big cats like jaguar and puma and smaller and far harder to spot species like margay and ocelot. Get out to the reserve’s small islands as they have the best wildlife viewing opportunities. There’s Isla Pajaros – the northernmost pit stop for many Arctic birds migrating south for the winter. Holbox Island just offshore of the Yucatan Peninsula is separated by a lagoon home to flamingos and pelicans. That’s above water, below sea level the abundance of life escalates. Whale sharks tours start in spring and end in autumn, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world and is home to manatees and over 500 species of fish. Things get cooler down at the MUSA Museo Subacuatico de Arte – an underwater gallery of stone sculptures.

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Find great offers on return flights and hotels for your Cancun holiday with Travelbag. Whether it’s an all-inclusive honeymoon, or a scuba diving and Mayan ruins combination, we can help. Explore our holiday packages and contact our travel experts to tailor-make your dream itinerary today.

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