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Cancún is a city in coastal south-eastern state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, best known as a tourist resort. It is the municipal seat of Benito Juárez municipality.

In the early 1970s Cancún was an undeveloped island just off the Caribbean Sea coast of the Yucatán peninsula, home to a few fishing hamlets and small Pre-Columbian ruins of the Maya civilization. The government of Mexico, together with an international group of private investors, decided to develop a tourist resort on Cancún. A causeway was built to link Cancún to the mainland, and an international airport was built. Development of Cancún grew rapidly in the late 1970s.

The city has grown rapidly over the past thirty years to become a city of approximately half a million residents, covering the former island and the nearby mainland.

Tourism in Cancún

In Cancún there are about 140 hotels with 24,000 rooms and 380 restaurants. Two million visitors arrive each year in an average of 190 flights daily. The hotel zone is one of the most exclusive internationally, with upmarket restaurants, bars, and the like which have catered for quite a number of the rich and famous.

Downtown Cancún gives us a different aspect. There are also many clubs for all types of people, but the hotels are more accessible to all types of travelers, including some with lower rates.

The temperature of the city is warm, moderated by the marine breeze which circulates through its avenues. The temperatures are typically between 26°C and 36°C.

Cancún also has an interactive park where visitors can see the marine diversity of the area.