The area's tourism industry underwent rapid growth during the 1980s, made possible by enthusiastic foreign investment. Large hotels began to flourish - offering complete services and amenities, abounding in luxury and exclusivity. This also applied to shopping centers, which started incorporating some of the finest boutiques, jewelers and restaurants. These factors boosted the area's status. Already considered a paradise of sun and sea for the color of its waters, the delicate beauty of its powdered sand beaches and the exuberant vegetation of its ecological reserves, Cancún was still improving its reputation.
Cancún can be divided into three main areas: The Hotel District, the Town and the...
Interesting Facts About Cancun:
2. Interesting fact: Mayan ruins can be found in Cancun's hotel zone. The archaeological site of El Rey is the largest site in the hotel zone, and it is located near Hilton Cancun Beach & Golf Resort.
3. Over 1/3 of Mexico's tourism revenue is generated by Cancun. Each year, hundreds of thousands of travelers visit Cancun each year to enjoy the great weather and beautiful, white-sand beaches.
4. Cancun's average annual temperature is 80 degrees and there are over 240 sunny days.
5. Cancun's beaches have white sand, which is made from crushed coral and is not hot to the touch.
6. Destination weddings are very popular in Cancun & the Riviera Maya region. There are approximately 46,000 weddings in the area, annually.
7. Cancun's airport is the 2nd busiest in Mexico (only Mexico City's airport is busier) and it has the most international traffic of any airport in Latin America. In 2009, over 11 million foreign travelers arrived in Cancun, by air. Cancun's airport has 2 runways that can be used simultaneously and it's control tower is the tallest in Latin America (the 18th tallest in the world).
8. Fun fact: Cancun first appeared on maps in the 18th century and there were only 3 residents when development of the resort area started in January 1970. Today, there are over 700,000 residents and over 24,000 hotel rooms, in Cancun's hotel zone.
9. In early 2010, there was a major beach restoration project that included the rebuilding of the beaches in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel. The Mexican government invested $71 million US Dollars in the project, which restored 11 kilometers of the area's beaches.
10. 1.3 billion gallons (6.1 cubic meters) of sand were used to rebuild the beaches, during the 2010 beach restoration project.
11. Weird fact: Three of the world's longest underwater cave systems are located in the Riviera Maya. Ox Bel Ha is 146.7 kilometers, Nohock Na Choch is 61 kilometers, and Dos Ojos is 57.7 kilometers.
12. Scuba divers flock to Cancun, and the surrounding area, for the opportunity to dive the Great Maya Barrier Reef, which is the second largest coral reef in the world. Only Australia's Great Barrier Reef is larger.
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While it's tempting just to laze on Playa Langosta's powdery sand, there's life beyond Cancún's beaches. Scuba dive or snorkel off the islands of Isla de Mujeres and Cozumel, both with quieter waters than Cancún. The enigmatic culture of the...
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