Mexico: Why Cancun Needs To Be On Your Travel List For 2018

Mexico: Why Cancun Needs To Be On Your Travel List For 2018

Mexico is a diverse country and has something for everyone whether you consider yourself to be a traveller or a tourist. If getting away from it all and lounging on a beach all day is your thing, then Mexico is for you. If delving into a country’s history and culture is your thing, then Mexico is for you. And if watersports during the day followed by amazing nightlife is your thing, then Mexico is for you. Basically, whatever you are looking for from you trip, whether it be your annual two-week holiday, a cheeky last-minute week away or a weekend getaway, if you are lucky enough to love close enough for that to be possible, Mexico is a great option.

Mexico has a number of cities and resorts which make a great place to base yourself during your visit including the country’s bustling capital Mexico City, Cozumel which is an island off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Cozumel has great hotels and all you need to enjoy long days of sun and beach and Tijuana on the Baja California Peninsula, making a quick hop over to cities in the US such as San Diego a great option. However, one of the most visited and loved places in Mexico is of course Cancun. It has been a thriving and popular tourist hotspot for decades, it was especially one of my folks favourite holiday destinations even back in the 90s. There are so many reasons why Cancun is somewhere you need to add to your 2018 travel list, in fact too many to list, however here are our top 3.

The Beaches

Cancun Wedding, Mexico
Whatever your budget there is accommodation in Cancun for you if you have a tad more cash to splash we would recommend opting for a hotel in the Hotel Zone with its own private beach. Staying in some of those all inclusive resorts in Cancun is a great experience itself. Not only because you get to chill out on the golden sand and take a dip in the sea but because most offer waiter service too which means you do not need to move from your sun lounger all day if you don’t want to.  Not to worry if your accommodation does not have beach access as Cancun has almost 14 miles of public beaches for you to visit, whether it be to relax and do nothing or take part in the numerous water sports available on the Eastside beaches. Getting married in Mexico is also a popular option and what better backdrop than the tranquil turquoise Caribbean Sea whilst walking barefoot down the aisle?

The Watersports

Cancun Watersports, Mexico
As mentioned above the Eastside beaches are the place to head if you are looking for the thrill that only watersports can offer. Windsurfing and parasailing are two very popular choices in Cancun which also boasts the second largest reef in the world – the Great Mesoamerican Reef which makes exploring under the sea just as exciting as exploring above. So much so it is a dream come true for those who love to snorkel or scuba dive, as you have the opportunity to witness the amazing corals and vividly coloured fish up close and personal. If you are not an adrenaline junkie yet still enjoy heading out on the water, then one of the many boat trips available in the area are a great option for you. Just imagine cruising with the sun on your back, the wind in your face and a cool refreshing drink in your hand.

The Nightlife

Coco Bongo, Cancun, Mexico
The nightlife in Cancun is world-famous and the perfect place to party the night away. There is something for everyone in Cancun, if you are looking for easy-going evenings, most hotels offer inclusive entertainment. However, if you are looking for something extra then you should head to some of the lively pubs including Surfin’ Burrito, The Beer Box and Blue Gecko Cantina followed by a visit to one of the numerous clubs which can be found in the city which are perfect for party animals and those looking to dance the night away. Coco Bongo is probably the most well-known club in Cancun with flying acrobats, impressive musical tributes and the ultimate party atmosphere. Just remember to book your tickets in advance, especially during special occasions, holidays such as New Year and of course Spring Break (4th – 10th March 2018) when the whole of Cancun becomes a party town.
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Cancun is also a great place to base yourself if you want to visit further afield, including day trips to Chichen Itza which is a complex of Mayan ruins, Tulum which is predominately a beach resort, however, is also home to a large stone structure called El Castillo (castle) and Xel-Ha Park which is an aquatic theme park. With so many reasons to visit Cancun both in and around the city, we hope you can add it to your 2018 travel list.

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  1. December 28, 2017 / 10:56 am

    Interestingly, Cancun is the only place I have ever been in all our years of travel that I have intensely disliked. Each to their own I guess.

    • December 28, 2017 / 11:09 am

      It’s certainly somewhere you have to be prepared for 🙂 It’s very commercialised but as you say each to their own and a lot of people look for that, even when travelling. I think my days of partying all night in Cancun are behind me but I would use it as a base for exploring further afield, even if just for the odd day on the beach ☀️

      • December 29, 2017 / 10:37 am

        I agree; it may very well have been different if I had been in my early 20s and travelling with a girlfriend when I went there. As it was, I was 39 and with my husband and parents. We loved Playa del Carmer further down the coast though.