Last Updated: 14th Nov 2013

<p><img src="" class="rightwise" title="cancun beach, mexico" alt="cancun beach, mexico" /></p> <p>Even Mexicans agree – Cancun is about as good a beach you will get in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/mexico">Mexico</a> – if not, the world. The white sandy beaches combine with the intense azure blue of the Caribbean to create simply stunning beaches while the nightlife, shopping and vibe of the resort town all add up to create one of the world&#8217;s most legendary party spots.</p> <p>Like <a href="/contikipedia/articles/ixtapa-and-zihuatanejo">Ixtapa</a> on the Pacific West Coast, it was decided in the 1960&#8217;s that Cancun was to become a major tourist resort and the developers chose well – in the 40 or so years since development began, the city has grown to become home to over 600,000 people and has solidified itself as one of the most sought after vacation destinations in the world.</p> <p>Roughly 4 million people travel to Cancun every year and with good reason – not only are the beaches spectacular, but the year-round warm weather together with easy access to Mayan ruins like <a href="/contikipedia/articles/chichen-itza">Chichen Itza</a> and <a href="/contikipedia/articles/isla-mujeres">Isla Mujeres</a> make Cancun the hub for exploring the surrounding <a href="/contikipedia/articles/yucatan-tours">Yucatan</a> region.</p> <p>As well as being one of the most upmarket resorts in Mexico, Cancun offers a very familiar North American feel as foreign investment in the resort area has been huge. Authentic Mexican food and wares are on offer along side the more familiar offerings found in places like the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/usa"><span class="caps">USA</span></a> and <a href="/contikipedia/articles/canada">Canada</a>.</p> <p>Water sports and activities abound for the more adventurous while other prefer to kick back, relax on the beach and take in amazing ocean vistas or stroll through the local markets.</p> <p>After the sun goes down, the nightlife heats up and every night is Saturday night with what is easily the most famous nightlife in Mexico. Travelers from all over the world flock to the beach side bars and clubs for a taste of this legendary scene.</p> <p>The Mexican jungle along with zip line tours are nearby while if you want to get wet you can swim with dolphins, snorkel through underground caves and even <br /> Snuba (yes, Snuba, not Scuba) dive in the super-clear waters of the Caribbean.</p>