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5 of The Best Resorts in Mexico
The 7 Best Places to Retire in the World
Cancun is situated on the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula,
Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is a well-known tourist destination within the
country. The entire city can broadly be divided into two areas - El
Centro (the traditional downtown) and Zona Hotelera (the long beachfront
strip). Cancun is famous for its adventure & ecotourism tours. While
here, visitors can enjoy mountain biking, can drive through the jungle in
an open top jeep, or swim with dolphins. Those interested in water sports
can indulge in scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, or sailing. Having
several wedding venues, the city is also famous amongst couples looking for
Things to Do in Cancun
El Rey Maya Ruins
El Rey Maya Ruins are situated few minutes away from the Punta Nizuc end of
Cancun. These have been named after a mask found here that was believed to
be dedicated to the sun god. The site includes the remains of some 47
buildings along with numerous tombs built by the Mayans from AD 900
onwards. Things of prime interest are the two main platforms with their
temples, once part of the market and important ceremonial areas. It's well
worth taking the time to visit, and many resorts offer inexpensive outings
to the site, which is also famous for the large colonies of Iguanas that
The Maya Museum (Museo Maya de Cancun)
The Maya Museum is located within the heart of the city of Cancun. It is a
place which should not be missed by any history buff. this superb
attraction does a good job of explaining the ancient roots of the region's
Mayan culture, from its founding centuries ago to the modern day.
Highlights include some 350 artifacts spread across three halls, most from
in and around Cancún, including skeletal remains found in Tulum that date
back 14,000 years and the remains of the famous 10,000-year-old "Woman of
the Palms." Other highlights include displays of Mayan architecture and
art, including sculptures from Chichen Itza and the adjoining San Miguelito
The Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA)
The Cancun Underwater Museum is the most unusual attractions of the city.
It was set up in the year 2009 in the wake of storm damage to the Cancún
National Marine Park, this seabed-based attraction is dedicated to the "art
of conservation" and is a delight for divers to explore. The core of this
unique art collection are the more than 500 sculptures spread across two
underwater galleries (a few are located on land in a nearby mall) submerged
at depths of between three and six meters and encompassing human figures in
a variety of poses (there's even a concrete car). Put together by six
artists from Mexico and Britain, the sculptures will ultimately form the
basis for new coral reefs.
Best Time to Fly to Cancun
The best time to book cheap flights from Los Angeles to Cancun is between
the months of December-April (peak season). During these months the city
can be heavily crowded. However, the weather is pleasant during these
months. Avoid booking flights from LAX to CUN during summer season as it
can be sweltering.