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Cancun: About Cancun

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This island barrier reef, today occupied by Cancun City and Cancun's Hotel Zone, was originally settled by Mayans at about 200 AD and sparsely populated until the 14th or 15th century.  In 1967, the Mexican government identified this area as the ideal tourist location and began their development.  By 1968, carving of the jungle began, and new infrastructure, paved roads, and mega resorts started to appear.  The area was open for business by 1972 and today, tourists continue to flock to Cancun.

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Crystal clear waters and sandy white beaches found on the Caribbean side of the island draws visitors to the mega resorts lining the beaches.  A favorite pass time for many visitors is simply going for a walk along the beach.

The Nichupte Lagoon separates the Hotel Zone from the mainland.  Here, freshwater from underground springs and the salt ocean water mingle, creating a unique environment for many wildlife.  The mangrove swamps provide homes for the cayman and over 200 different species of birds. Jungle boat tours are readily available through various tour operators.

Divers and snorkellers can enjoy Chital, Cuevones and Manchones Reefs, located between the northern part of the island and Isla Mujeres.

Visitors will find more than beaches and water activities to occupy their time.  Punta Cancun, also known as the heart of Cancun, is teeming with restaurants and shopping malls.  Nightclubs and bars featuring live bands keep the area alive with activities until sunrise.  

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Buses provide easy transportation through the Hotel Zone and into Cancun City, el centro, on the mainland.  Open-air markets and stores featuring traditional arts and crafts awaits the visitor.  Local restaurants and nightlife provide better opportunities to interact with locals and experience Mexico.

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Cancun also affords easy access to many points of interest in the Yucatan Peninsula. Tourists can visit Isla Mujeres for a relaxing change of pace by taking a shuttle ferry from Play Linda or Playa Langosta pier.  Or, tourists can head to one of the many eco parks along the coast or into the mainland to visit Chichen Itza or Coba, remains of once an awesome civilization.

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As tourists return again and again, the Mexican government can be applauded for their success in making Cancun one of the world's top sun destination.

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