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Raymond Resendes' About.com Article: There are many reasons for Cancun's popularity as a tourist destination including: its gorgeous beaches with clear turquoise waters, excellent resort hotels offering a full range of amenities and modern facilities, gourmet restaurants, vibrant night life, great shops, and nearby Mayan ruins. Further, Cancun has great weather, with an average temperature of 80 degrees F (27 degrees C) and 240 days of sunshine each year, with little rain. The town has a non-stop party atmosphere and attracts numerous categories of visitors including families, seniors, students, couples, budget travelers and the rich and famous.
About Cancun, Mexico - Owner Direct Vacation Rentals: One of Mexico's top tourist destinations is Cancun. This jewel sits at the tip of the Yucatan peninsula. Cancun is renowned for unspoiled powder-white beaches, soothing aquamarine seas, and remnants of mystic Indian civilizations. This is Mexico's most modern and luxurious Caribbean resort, with attractive beaches and excellent weather.
Cancun is situated in the young State of Quintana Roo. It is located on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, 1 hour by air from Miami, 2 hours from Mexico City. To the North is the Caribbean Sea with wide open beaches and strong waves. To the west the shore is buffeted by Isla Mujeres (Isle of Women) causing calmer waters. To the south, between the island and the mainland is the Nichupte Lagoon which is perfect for all sorts of water sports.
Bay fishing offers red snapper and bonefish; deep-sea fishing, especially in spring and summer, yields sailfish, marlin, and tuna.
The "hotel zone," which is what most tourists think of as Cancun, is a fourteen mile long, thin island shaped like a "7."