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The best hotels in Cancun, Mexico
Located in the south east of Mexico, right on the north east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and therefore with splendid views of the Caribbean sea, Cancun is one of the most popular tourist venues in the country. Originally inhabited by Maya tribes who called it Nizuc ("promontory"), it was then part of the Spanish Conquest for its ideal position, which resulted in the majority of the original population leaving or dying because of diseases, warfare, and famine. Subjected to heavy development in the 1970s, Cancun was quickly transformed from a fisherman's village to a thriving city, famous for its virgin white sand beaches and beautiful sea. But where to stay in Cancun? As every city, Cancun has areas that are safe both for tourists and residents alike and others that is best to avoid, especially if you are not a local. While the city has avoided the bloodshed that followed drug cartels in many other places, Cancun is still known for drugs and money laundering, and tourists need to be particularly careful when going around. The main areas to avoid the outskirts of Cancun (especially by night) as many kidnappings have been reported in the area, and the downtown part of the city. The latter neighbourhood is peculiar as the Hotel Zone, located there and where the main tourist spots are, is the safest area in the city but the farther away you wander from it, the dodgier it becomes. Another place you should keep your eyes open is in the 'mercados', open-air markets where you can find local crafts. While very characteristic and definitely worth visiting, these venues are full of potential pickpockets so tourists should keep their belongings near them. Other areas where it is safe to wander around are the beaches (except, of course, in certain weather conditions) and the shopping malls scattered around Cancun. If, on the other hand, you wish to take a day trip outside the city, safe places to visit are the Isla Murales, a small island just a few miles from Cancun, Xel-Ha and Xcaret, two parks offering activities like snorkelling and swimming, and Tulum and Chichen Itza, popular for their Mayan ruins. Especially for safety reasons, a hotel might be your best choice while visiting Cancun. Hotels will in fact provide you not only with comfortable accommodation and room service but also with a 24h reception and security staff. Hotels are furthermore located in the safest area of the city. Simply scroll down the list provided on the website and choose your favourite establishment.
The city of Cancun has a tropical wet and dry climate, which means that there is no great difference in temperatures between the various seasons but there are months with heavy rainfall. The city is ideal for those who dislike the cold because it is warm all year long, with temperatures varying from 27°C to 35°C. The hottest months are from May to September, when it is also at its most humid, while the coldest ones are November to February, when the cool sea air blows into the city. If you are planning a trip to Cancun then you might want to make it coincide with one of the city's many festivals. But what are the most popular ones? - Viva Mexico en Cancun (September). Held throughout the month, this festival features many different events such as folk music, art exhibitions, street entertainment, and dancing. - Independence Day (September). Held on September 16th, it commemorates the beginning of the War of Independence between Mexico and Spain. Today, residents celebrates with many different kinds of festivities both in the city and outside, on the Isla Mujeres, including parades, fireworks, food, and dancing. - Summer Solstice (September). Held on September 21st, this event takes place at the world-famous Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and it is full of atmosphere. - Day of the Dead (November). Held early in the month, it is a commemoration of the families' deceased but it is celebrated with music and colourful decorations instead of mourning. - Revolution Day (November). Held on November 20th, this is probably the most festive event of the year. Kicking off with a parade, it then continues into the night with food and drinks, and dancing. - Dia de la Raza (October). Also dubbed the "Mexican Columbus Day", this festival is held in mid-October in the city centre. It features bullfights, dancing and live music, and processions.
But what to do in Cancun? The city is mainly visited for its virgin white sand beaches, azure sea, and incredible nature you can hardly find anywhere else in the world. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, therefore, Cancun is definitely the place for you. Many agencies in fact offer activities such as scuba diving, fishing, snorkelling, zip lining, swimming with sharks, dinner cruises around the harbour and jeep safari excursions in the surrounding countryside. And after a day spent in sports, take a walk around the city centre and visit Parque de las Palapas. Considered the heart of the city, this is where the residents meet and it is a perfect spot to enjoy traditional Mexican food in one of the many restaurants there together with a spot of people watching. If you like history on the other hand, then definitely stop at the Museo Maya de Cancun. Built by the National Institute of Anthropology and History and recently opened in November 2012, the museum features many collections on the history of Mexico and of the Conquest, as well as local history. Do you prefer art? Opened in 2009 and located underwater between Cancun, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc, the MUSA Museo Subacuatico de Arte aims to show its visitors how art and the environment can be blended together. The sculptures are in fact fixed to the seabed and made in materials that can promote coral life. If you are travelling with children, you might want to consider visiting the Interactive Aquarium, located right in the Hotel Zone. Here tourists will have a chance to nurse sharks, pet rays, touch starfish, and even swim with dolphins.
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