Most 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.Cancun Overview 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 compliment 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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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .


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