According to many enthusiasts, some of the best beaches in Cancun are on the seaward side of the island. Taking a stroll on the sands here is in itself something straight out of a dream. Cancun Island -shaped like a number 7 and flanked by Bahia de Mujeres to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the east and Nichupte Lagoon to the west is joined to the mainland by two bridges. The first crosses the Nichupte Channel, four kilometers from downtown Cancun, and the second joins Punta Nizuc to the mainland at Nizuc Channel to the south, en route to the airport and the Riviera Maya. The volcanic Revillagigedo Islands, known for their unique ecosystem, are also part of the Manzanillo municipality. However, your sports fishing operator won’t be able to take you there – the islands are located hundreds of miles offshore.
Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel are all nearby, and you can discover these places individually with Mexperience. The archaeological wonders at Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba are three of the main historical attractions in the area. The city has grown rapidly over the past thirty years to become a city of approximately 600,000 residents, covering the former island and the nearby mainland. Most ‘cancunenses’ here are from Yucatan and other Mexican states. The island’s energized atmosphere emanates from the middle, its heartbeat, an area known as the Party Zone featuring the best nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and shopping malls.
Isla’s best beaches are on the northern most tip of the island, near the downtown area, and the pristine sea that surrounds them is as calm as a giant swimming pool. Also close by are the Sculpture Park, an open-air gallery, as well as breathtaking natural attractions, such as panoramic cliff views, and bountiful coral reefs teeming with marine life , ideal for snorkeling. World-famous, this island presents spectacular coral reefs with large walls that form one of the most privileged diving sites around. Shallow diving to deep diving is practiced here through the numerous diving services, all certified and renowned. On the inland side of Cancun lies Laguna Nichupte, a vast lagoon that serves as home to numerous marinas, waterfront restaurants, shopping malls, a couple of golf courses, a few islands, inlets and some fantastic sunsets. There is an area near the center of all this which is known as the Party Zone which is home to many of the areas nightclubs and discos.
There aren’t many cars on this tiny island. You can rent a bike, moped (wear your helmet) or golf cart for a full or half day and see most of what there is to see. Cozumel, which is Mexico’s most populated island. The waters of Cozumel are unsurpassed for their clarity and for the variety of brilliantly colored marine life. This small island (25 km/16 mi long) rests at the tip of Quintana Roo, just north of Cancun and offers a kind of romance and tranquility that is rare these days. The small village has no paved roads and the gregarious residents get around on electric golf carts.
Plan some time to visit one or more of the ruins or beautiful islands or parks. Chichen Itza is a little further away (2 1/2 hours by car), but there are many day tours available from Cancun. It is also a main stopover and departure point for cruise liners and other boats going to Isla Mujeres. Cancun combines a wonderful and exotic tropical island setting along with modern conveniences. The Cancun area is home to more than 18,000 hotel rooms and over 200 restaurants.
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