Cancun, Mexico | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 19 | Cancun

RTXTraveler_Issue19_Cancun_CoverMost travelers probably don’t know that in 1969, Cancun was specifically chosen by the Mexican government as an ideal site for tourism development. In the 1970s, the sleepy village on the Yucatan peninsula was transformed into one of the Caribbean’s premier destinations, now host to more than 27,000 hotel rooms along the 17-mile-long stretch of beaches. When you visit, you can see why Cancun was chosen as the quintessential tropical escape- the ideal climate, clear blue water, nearby Mayan ruins, and stunning beaches complement the modern nightclubs and opulent shopping centers. This remote and tiny fishing village once consisting of just 12 families has all the infrastructure and modern amenities to please even the most demanding traveler. Visit and see why Cancun is the perfect south of the border vacation with family, or a romantic getaway for two.

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Most travelers probably don’t know that in 1969, Cancun was specifically chosen by the Mexican government as an ideal site for tourism development.

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Michelada: A Mexican Classic

Michelada: A Mexican Classic

If you’re seeking respite from the hot Mexican sun, at most any bar in Cancun you can order a Michelada, which is a Mexican style beer served in a chilled, salt-rimmed pint glass, mixed with tomato juice, lime juice, hot sauce and other spices. It’s an interesting alternative to the classic margarita, and is a tasty companion to the tropical heat.

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Island Escape

Island Escape

Stepping off the ferry onto Isla Mujeres, you get the feeling that not much has changed on the sleepy island since the 1970s. Here, you won’t find high rise hotels or designer stores, but you will find plenty of charming, friendly people, and a little piece of old Mexico.

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Ancient Astonishment: The Heart of Mayan Civilization

Ancient Astonishment: The Heart of Mayan Civilization

Getting up at 3:30 in the morning may not seem like the proper way to relax on a vacation, but that’s the way we did it for our Chichen Itza tour, and that’s the way we’d recommend it. The ancient Mayan capital city, built starting in 600 AD, is about a 2.5 hour bus ride from Cancun.

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Walk & Wander

Walk & Wander

Walking is a great way to see the city. The slow pace allows you to absorb the sights, talk to people, get some exercise, and use your senses of hearing and smell a lot more than you would cruising along at 40 mph in a car. The numeral 7 shaped hotel zone of Cancun is highly walkable and safe, with enough variety to keep everyone interested.

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Reef Adventures

Reef Adventures

Turtle turtle turtle! It was the snorkeling dive master’s job to point out any interesting sea life to our crowd of floating tourists, and on this day, his voice was getting some exercise. Ten minutes earlier from the dock, the captain pointed out our three snorkeling destinations; they were only about a mile offshore in calm conditions.

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Travel Tips-Cancun

Travel Tips-Cancun

High season in Cancun runs from mid-December to March. Watch out for spring break, when thousands of college students roll into town, creating quite a different atmosphere than the norm.

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Have It All: What Is All-Inclusive?

Have It All: What Is All-Inclusive?

All inclusive resorts are pretty simple, but there are still some ins and outs you should know before you decide to book this style of vacation, which is popular at tropical destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.

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4 Local Favorites: Beaches

4 Local Favorites: Beaches

Near the southern end of the numeral 7-shaped hotel zone lies Playa Delfines, one of the largest beaches in Cancun. It also boasts some of the bluest water you’ll ever see. Public access means plenty of parasailers, jet skiers, and kite surfers.

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