Cancun Facts

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Cancun, Mexico

The following information will help you plan your next vacation in Cancun. Also lets you know some interesting facts that will be very useful during your stay in the city:

Official name: Cancun
Location: Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Climate: tropical and humid with sunshine all year round. The temperature varies between 20 ° and 30 ° C (68 ° to 86 ° F) from October to March and from 22 ° to 33 ° C (75 ° to 91 ° F) from April to September.
Time Zone: Central Time, UTC -6
Official language: Spanish. Most service providers speak English and some speak French, Italian and German. Many of the local Indians still communicate in Maya.
Communications: the main tourist areas have phone booths, fax services and wireless Internet.
Telephone code: 998.
International calls: you must dial the access code 001 for the United States and Canada, and 00 + the country code for the rest of the world. Prepaid cards are the cheapest way to make calls.
Phones: If you want to use your cell phone in Mexico see your service provider before going on holiday. In the city you can rent cell phones per day for local use.
Mail: located in the center of the city. There are also offices that perform postal service, National and International.
Postal Code: 77500
Currency: Mexican peso ($ or MXP), is issued in denominations of $ 20.00, $ 50.00, $ 100.00, $ 200.00 and $ 500.00 pesos, and coins of $ 0.10, $ 0.20, $ 0.50 and $ 1.00, $ 2.00, $ 5.00, $ 10.00 and $ 20.00 pesos. U.S. dollars are also accepted almost everywhere.
Banks: Open from 9:00 to 14:30.
ATMs: Available 24 hours. They are located in commercial areas and banks.
Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in shops, hotels and travel agencies. And in almost all places are traveler’s checks.
Tips: average service is 10-15% and one to two dollars per bag charged. Some places include the tip in your account.
Standard Electricity: 110 volts AC/60 cycles. Hotels usually offer voltage converters for 220 volt appliances. Some outlets do not accept polarized or three pins.
Cancun International Airport: Security levels are high. It has duty free shops and gift shops that offer silver jewelry, perfumes and souvenirs.
Transport: there are transport services that travel from the airport to the hotels, and hotels to the airport. Prices are based on the distance of the hotel to the airport, so you must identify which area is your hotel at to see the final price of your transportation. Public transportation within the hotel area and city is by bus, is very efficient, fast, economic and drivers will give change. In addition, maps of the city are given away almost anywhere.
If you want to book hotel in a comfortable and safe way, we recommend you continue reading about the best choices of hotels in Cancun.

Recommendations for diving in Cancun

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Diving in Cancun

Cancun is one of the major tourist destinations in terms of diving. For those who want to start in this fascinating activity, please keep in mind the following points:

– It is important before diving is done a diving course. It should be noted that the underwater environment is not our usual way. There are subjected to physiological changes and we must consider, in addition, the displacements are different from the usual. Adapting to this new medium is something that is achieved with practice open water swimming and guided by qualified instructors.

– To be a certified diver to do a course in one of the many agencies that exist. There are different levels of certification, from basic to advanced. The existing certification programs are very similar.

– Most certification agencies have minimum age to dive 12 years of age. At that age can be obtained age-appropriate certifications with restrictions.

– Physical requirements for diving in the Mexican Caribbean sports vary depending on location. For the basic level of any sport diver certification, you must be physically and mentally well, besides having a minimum of physical condition. As the diver seeks higher levels of certification are needed more fitness.

– Please note that before the dive you can not drink alcohol. Within the first 24 hours after diving, one should not travel by plane.

– Before diving should drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated and light breakfast. You should also sleep well enough before diving.

– Not everyone can dive. It is recommended that you practice with asthma, hypertension, epilepsy, pregnant women or people with respiratory problems.

Looking to take a diving lesson with a real immersion in the sea click here and book your place.

How to get to Cancun?

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Cancún, México

Getting to Cancun is simple, whats difficult is wanting to leave. You can arrive by different routes:

By Air:
Cancun is located in the state of Quintana Roo, northwest of the Yucatan Peninsula and is currently the most important destination in Mexico. It has an international airport, the second largest in Mexico and the fourth busiest in Latin America, where flights arrive daily from all corners of Mexico and the world.

Approximate time to travel to Cancun from the most common destinations:
Mexico City: 1 hour 45 minutes
New York: 4 hours flight
Miami: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cancun airport has three terminals, two of them for the arrival of domestic and international flights and one for charter flights.

Services: banks, 24 hour medical service, souvenir shops, fast food court, restaurants and a mega duty free shops.

Location of Cancun International Airport: 10km from Cancun’s hotel zone and 16km from Cancun.

By Land:
From Mexico City: 1,652 miles. About 20 hours.
From Mérida (Yucatán): 300 miles. 5 hours.

This trip can be done either by car or bus. Cancun has an endless number of car rental companies, and a bus terminal with first-class service and various transport lines that have units with air conditioning, bathrooms, reclining seats and TV.
The trip offers a unique landscapes that reveal a different way of getting to know Mexico, since you can appreciate the benefits of the beautiful region, taste the delicious local dishes and just enjoy the experience.

Maritime:
Large number of international cruise ships dock in Cozumel. Most of them come from New Orleans, Tampa and Miami. They Usually give their members time off for touring around the island, the Riviera Maya and Cancun. Although less common, this form of travel lets you enjoy the unique beauty of the Caribbean Sea.

You choose, prepare your bags and come meet Cancun, the most important tourist destination in Mexico.

If you are planning your holiday, we recommend you keep reading about Hotels in Cancun.

Golf in Cancun

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Golf in Cancun

For Golf Lovers, Cancun has several first class golf courses, created by world-renowned designers. These scenarios give players uncuncomparebla sortoundings of colorful tropical vegetation, the amazing beauty of the Caribbean Sea and the marvelous white sand beaches. Some fields are built around historic Mayan temples and design with modern facilities to ensure a quality game.

The golf courses in the Mexican Caribbean meet the most demanding characteristics and requirements established by the professional tournaments and golfers. Yet you dont need to be professional to enjoy these beautiful fields.

The players here in Cancun will enjoy exceptional service in the clubhouse, shoes and carts rental facilities, practice areas, field assistants, lessons and clinics by experts.

If you are planning your vacation in Cancun, we recommend you book accommodation in advance, for your comfort and tranquility.

Cancun and his Gastronomy, blending of flavors

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Mayan Cuisine

Centuries of legendary recipes, spices and influence of different countries, regions and customs, makes Cancuns cuisine one of the most varied and flavorful in the world.

Both the Hotel Zone and in the downtown of the city of Cancun there are a number of restaurants with different styles and environments where you can find almost every cuisine from different regions of Mexico, and a wide range of international cuisines, fast food chains and also for vegetarians.

Some of the dishes of this heavenly destination are the Tikinxic (fish cooked maya barbecue style), the Bread of dogfish, curry shrimp, seafood soup, deer, roasted pig, escabeche oriental, chirmole, pipian, chocolomo, tamales, calamares “Tulum,” the chachacmall and the chema of Quintana Roo, mucbipollo, among many others.
Being a beach destination, the specialty is seafood such as lobster, róbalo or huachinango.

Among the traditional desserts are the sweet coconut and meringue, and among the most popular drink are corn gruel and xtabentun.

In your beach hotel, in a restaurant overlooking the Caribbean Sea or located in the downtown area … no matter where you are, if your on vacation in Cancun you have to try one of these delicious Mexican dishes.

Cancun, paradise for water sports

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Water Activities

In Cancun  exists a wide range of alternatives to fully enjoy the warm waters of the Caribbean, and one of the many options that we really like are the water sports, which can be practiced in Cancun on the beach, open sea or even in the lagoon.

For the more adventurous we recommend water sports that offer a lot of adrenaline as surfing, jet skiing, boogie board or waverunner practiced in the Nichupte Lagoon.

For those who prefer less strong emotions we recommend a quiet stroll along the beautiful beaches of Cancun using a water tricycle, floating slides, inflatable mattresses, catamarans and kayaks.
And for lovers of the underwater world of Cancun, we recommend you to do some snorkeling or diving in order to see more closely the coral formations and the many colorful fish. There are also glass bottom boats, semi-submarine and a even a real submarine that submerge thirty meters below the sea, perfect for all who do not want to get wet.

Explore Cancun surroundings

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Riviera Maya

Cancun is one of the most important tourist destinations of the Riviera Maya and one of the most recognized worldwide, however its not the only one, there are a wide variety of places that are very close to Cancun and offer a beauty comparable to this wonderful place.

Around Cancun is possible to find places like Playa del Carmen, Xcaret and Xel-Ha, ancient Mayan ports, now converted into eco-turism paradises, and the archaeological site of Tulum, the only Maya walled city, located by the sea .

Do not wait any more and come enjoy all the beauty that Mexico has to offer, specifically in Cancun and its surroundings.

Promotions from Cancun and Riviera Maya

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If you are planning to come to visit and enjoy the beautiful Mexican Caribbean on holidays,
See all the promotions we have available on our tours, no matter were are you staying in Cancun or Riviera Maya.

You will enjoy unique beaches of cancun or riviera maya, full of fine white sand, along with the  incredible turquoise blue sea were you can also find the major islands like Contoy, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel which holds the second largest coral reef in the world, and were is suitable for
snorkel or diving so that you can get to know all the wildlife that live there.

You can also Visits and discover the magic that lives in the beautiful parks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha at special prices. Incredible activities surrounded by a variety of plants, flowers
and animals.

You’ll also find promotions to get to know the area of Chichen Itza and a large number of
archaeological sites like Tulum, Coba and Ek Balam, with or without extreme activities in the mystic Cenotes of the Riviera Maya, that are another great treasure and natural attraction.

To see promotions for this season you click on the link below.

Artificial Reefs and Climate Change

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Coral Reef

“These macro marine structures have the capacity to absorb CO2 in the order of
the giga-tons / year. There is simply no other living thing in nature with the
ability to absorb CO2 in the mega scale that the coral reefs, not
even all the world’s forests “Dr. Roger Mauvois

“This makes the tropical seas where coral reefs grow, the main
burial of carbon dioxide on the planet.

However, coral reefs are among the planetary ecosystems more
assaulted. The reefs are dying out much faster than the
tropical forests. The reef occupies coastal areas increasingly accessible to the
concentrations of people.

In order to increase the number of reefs in cancun and the mexican Caribbean, artificial reefs
have recently been created from materials that are durable, safe and
environmentally friendly. These reefs appear to have succeeded since they are perfect for the growth of coral, and at the same time, they can support a marine ecosystem.
One of the biggest benefits of artificial reefs is that they have raised the
pressure on natural reefs, that over the last decades have been
over exploited and most visited. By diverting attention to the artificial reefs, the
natural reefs have a greater opportunity to repair and regenerate. ”
Ecology negocios.com

The submarine museum in Isla Mujeres-Cancun, Mexico
Opened in November 2010 with over 400 statues made by the artist Jason
Cayres Taylor, its a spectacular project that now allows us to appreciate the art under the
sea, while helping to create an artificial reef in the Mexican Caribbean.

Hopefully we can plant more and more coral reefs in tropical seas to help combat global warming and help reduce the number of tourists on the natural reefs and increase the options to appreciate the underwater world to those who  want to visit them.

You have to visit the The submarine museum in Isla Mujeres-Cancun, Mexico.

http://www.climatechangenews.org/archive.php?p=soluciones

http://www.underwatersculpture.com/

Where to dive if I am a certified diver.

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Diving in Cancun

If you are a certified diver, we have a great treasures in the Mexican Caribbean very close to Cancun, under this waters we have what is considered the second largest reef in the world, join us and discover new havens filled with magic.

In Cozumel, with its beautiful crystal clear waters is possible to have a visibility of about 60
meters, Cozumel has one of the largest reefs in the world and its also famous for hes
walls, being home to a variety of sea life that gives you an unforgettable view wile
your dive.

If you are a certified diver and want to test your diving skills into something different and with a totally different and interesting view, you can take the diving tour to the cenotes of the Riviera Maya. That has the longest caves in the world that you cant miss.

So if your on vacation in Cancun and you are a certified diver you will also enjoy diving in the incredible coral reefs that lie between Cancun and Isla Mujeres with depths of 45 to 70 feet.

Your going to get caught by the diversity of fish and marine life found here.

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