Cancun is a playground, a slender island of white coral sand that stretches for 14 miles off Mexico 's Caribbean coast. To the east, beneath tropical waters lies the Mesoamerican reef, the second largest coral reef in the world, offering unparalleled diving and snorkelling. To the west the calm emerald waters of the Nichupté Lagoon are perfect for water-sports. Translating from the Mayan as 'pot of gold' Cancun certainly lives up to its name. After only 30 years in business the resort now attracts more than 2 million visitors annually.
Admittedly it's not everybody's cup of tea and those in search of the 'real Mexico ' may come away disappointed. But this isn't the point of Cancun. The point is unabashed luxury, relaxation and veneration of the holidaymakers' holy trinity: sun, sea and sand, which(if you'll pardon the pun) it has in spades. Add to this nightlife that rivals Acapulco and shopping that rivals the King's Road and you begin to understand how easy it is to succumb to beach inertia.Those who make it off the island are rewarded with dense jungle, mangrove swamps and subterranean rivers and caves. The Yucatan peninsular boasts more than 1200 Mayan sites, from the imperial splendour of the great pyramid at Chichen Itza to the vast overgrown, and under explored, ruined city of Coba