We definitely have an excellent location. We are located 20 minutes south of the Cancun
International Airport, in the Bay of Petempich in Puerto Morelos, the first tourist development
of the Riviera Maya. To the north we are 20 minutes away from Cancun and to the south,
20 minutes from Playa del Carmen.
Truly an excellent location as we are close to all major points of interest.
vacationers heading to Mexicos renowned beach
getaways had to look no further than a string of sunny
resorts along the Pacific Coast. From Mazatlán to
Acapulco, Mexicos Riviera was the only region with
any developed visitor attractions and facilities.
Then, in the late
1960s, the government took interest in a remote
sandbar on the eastern shore of the Yucatán Peninsula.
The resort of Cancún (kahn-KUHN) was born, transforming
not only a frontier region of Mexico, but also
Mexicos identity from a "Pacific
It all started in 1976
when the Mexican government, recognizing the importance
of tourism to the countrys economic future, began a
detailed search to pinpoint ideal sites for tourism
development. Cancún emerged as the governments top
candidate. Still, the new resort reached the 1980s
as a relatively small and undiscovered destination with a
dozen or so hotels. A building boom in the
mid-1980s finally vaulted Cancún into the global
tourism arena as THE resort of the 90s. In
fact, Quintana Roo State now garners 35% of Mexicos
annual tourism revenue-a whopping $3 billion annually!
From ruins to riches.
Cancún has it all, offering an exotic, tropical island
setting buoyed by modern comforts and conveniences. In
fact, its hard to imagine a site better endowed
with natural, cultural, and man-made attractions.
Technically an island, Cancúns resort zone is a
22.5-km-long slender ribbon of sand, shaped like the
number seven. Its stunning beaches must be seen to be
believed: silky smooth, sugar-white sand, lapped by the
turquoise and emerald waters of the Caribbean.
Cancún is comprised of
three distinct but integrated areas: the City of
Cancún, a raffish boomtown of 300,000 people,
popular for shopping, dining, less expensive
accommodations; the ecological reserve-lovely
lagoons and mangroves; and the resort zone, and
island. Development is designed around an
ecologically-sensitive master plan, divided into three
phases. Phase two is completed, Phase three will include
4,500 new hotel rooms, a marina, more shopping
malls/restaurants in the area between the airport and
Punta Nizuc. A well planned layout and modern
infrastructure give the destination a polished (although
mostly un-Mexican) appearance.
The areas history
is rich with Mayan influences. The Yucatán Peninsula is
where Mayan culture flourished for centuries prior to the
Spaniards arrival in 1519. Over 1200 archaeological
sites are scattered within a few hours drive from
Cancún. Many sites have been wonderfully restored, while
others are still shrouded by tangled jungle vegetation.
ultra-modern resort zone harbors ruins dating to the 12th
century. Popular day tours to sites like Tulum, Cobá,
and Chichén Itzá afford visitors t he
opportunity to appreciate the work of one of the
worlds most advanced ancient societies. Beyond the
areas famous ruins, the Mayan culture has survived
despite tourisms rapid encroachment. In fact, much
of Cancuns population is of Mayan descent.
With natural and
cultural wonders as a backdrop, developers have built
Mexicos most dazzling offering of creature
comforts. Recent lodging improvements (there are over
20,000 hotel rooms) include the debut of several in-town
properties that cater to budget-minded visitors. The
conversion of several hotels into all-inclusive and quasi
all-inclusive (free food/beverage without activities) is
also of note. Timeshare is also on the rise, although
roaming salespeople have had their wings clipped by a
recent ban o street sales solicitations.
Recent additions to
Cancun´s entertainment attractions include the
entertainment complex, a luxury offshore casino ship, a
state-of-the-art Convention Center (a $ 30 million
facility with over 150,000 sq. Ft. Of meeting space), an
annual marathon, a new Parque Nizuc water park,
and an array of new dining and shopping options.
Shopping is top notch,
with over a dozen American-style shopping malls. Dining
options (there are over 200 restaurants) with over a
dozen American-style shopping malls. Dining options
(there are over 300 restaurantes) include every
imaginable fast food chain along with gourmet seafood,
Asian, Caribean, American and Mexican specialties, to
name a few. Outdoor recreation-water sports, in
particular - is first rate. Sports enthusiasts can choose
from AquaWorld (a new water sports center), two
18-hole golf courses, and several water-bound adventure
activities (submarine rides to jetski tours).
Under the leadership of
new State Tourism Secretary Guillermo Martinez Flores,
the long awaited Puerto Cancún project is
moving forward. Development will include a 500-slip
marina, 1100 residential lots, an 18-hole golf course,
and 7000 units of mostly high end lodging.
For those looking to
roam, the area abounds with sightseeing treasures.
Stretching 480 km. To the south along the Yucatáns
eastern shore is the Riviera Maya region. This
scenic and unspoiled coastal zone is emerging as one of
Mexicos newest resort playgrounds. Several new
all-inclusive properties have opened, and theres
still plenty of off-the-beaten-path exploring. Dozens of
remote coves and deserted stretches of jungle-lined white
sand beach are easy to reach. There are also many
archeological sites here, ranging from magnificent,
fully-restored ancient cities to mysterious, unexcavated
ruins. (See "Riviera Maya" chapter for more
Cancún succeeds in
combining the best of Mexico and the Caribbean into one
package. And while some dislike the resort for its
immense size and unabashed commercialism. there is no
denying the areas seductive appeal.
Note: An excellent
resource on Cancún is the guide. "Cancún
Tips". Cost is $3.00/copy and is available upon
arrival at the Cancún airport.