We had chosen Cancun for the end of our Yukatan round trip, because there are some very good and cheap flights to the USA and on the other hand we just wanted to relax 2 1/2 days in an all-inclusive resort and not have to worry about anything 🙂
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Things to know about Cancun
Cancun is located on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and has a population of about 720,000. Until the early 1950s, Cancun was a small fishing village. It was not until the late 1960s that the Mexican government decided to make the city a holiday destination in order to boost tourism in the south of the country. Today, the city is the centre of the Riviera Maya holiday area and is best known for its 23 km long beach. The name “can c’n” means “snake’s nest” or “snake pot” in the Mayan language. Most hotels and resorts are located on a headland that forms the quiet Laguna Nichupte. In Cancun there is the Mayan ruins of El Rey, an observatory and an archaeological museum that commemorates the former Mayan site. The city is one of the top 30 most visited cities in the world.
The NYX Cancun Hotel
NYX Hotel Cancun is not a hotel bunker in the area to its neighbouring hotels. Nevertheless, it has everything to offer: pool, free sun beds and umbrellas on the beach, restaurants, free WIFI etc. We had booked an all inclusive package at a great price. Breakfast and dinner are buffet style, lunch a la carte. You can drink as much as you like all day. The quality of the food and drinks was good, we had nothing to complain about.
Our first room smelled about musty and the air conditioning dripped. After complaining, we got a free upgrade to a newly renovated room. This was modern (though spartanly furnished), had a view of the sea and was really great. Wifi worked well at the bar, in the room only sporadically. La Isla Shopping Village shopping mall is just a 5-minute walk away. All in all a great hotel, which we are happy to recommend.
The wide sandy beach
We really liked the beach in Cancun. The sand is nicely soft and the beach especially very wide, so that you have a lot of space.
Starbucks Global Icon City Mug of CancunWe are collecting the Starbucks Mugs from the cities and islands we visit on our travels. Unfortunately, not every city that has a Starbucks store with an own mug. But if the city has an own mug we like to collect them as a souvenir. We only collect city mugs from the "Global Icon Series", which was released in 2008. You can see our complete collection here: Starbucks - Our collection of Mugs from the Global Icon Series
In the city there is Starbucks and this is the cup of the Global Icon series.
All travelogues from Yucatan (Mexico)For Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula we put together a nice self-drive route, which we could drive on our own with a rental car. We absolutely wanted to see the many famous Mayan sites like Chichen Itza, Tulum, Uxam, Edzna or Kohunlich, get to know some cities like Merida or Campeche and finally relax a few days on the beach in Cancun. All in all, a beautiful route of over 1,400 kilometres, which can be ideally explored in 10-14 days.
Day 1: By ferry from San Pedro (Belize) to Chetumal (Mexico)
Day 2: he Mayan ruins Of Kohunlich & the Old Town of Campeche (Mexico)
Day 3: The Mayan Ruins of Edzna & Uxmal on Yucatan (Mexico)
Day 4: The city of Merida & the flamingos of Celestun (Mexico)
Day 5: Chichen Itza – The ruins of the Mayan site on Yucatan (Mexico)
Day 5: Cenote Samula – The Underwater Cave in Valladolid (Mexico)
Day 6: The Mayan site Tulum & Snorkeling with turtles (Mexico)
Day 7: Cancun – Wreck Diving in the Caribbean with Aquaworld (Mexico)
Day 8: Cancun – Relaxing at the All-Inclusive Resort (Mexico)