As long as it has everything you’d look for in a vacation, Cancún is a great place to experience 21stcentury Mexico. Here you’ll find ‘five star’ resorts, exceptional food, Mexican culture, and natural beauty, all within daytrip distance of the ‘world famous’ Mayan ruins. The zone’s main drag is Boulevard Kukulcán, and kilometer markers along it indicate where you are, from Km 1 near El Centro to Km 25 at the southern tip of Punta Nizuc. Oftentimes while shopping complexes, marinas, and ‘time share’ condominiums, The area in between consists entirely of hotels. For instance, they work in the Zona Hotelera’s tourist hub, the locals plenty of whom have embraced the accoutrements of urban middleclass life typically live on the mainland in a part of the city called El Centro.
The party atmosphere of Zona Hotelera has inevitably earned it the title Spring Break Capital of the World.
Dozens of bars and nightclubs cater to college students just south of Punta Cancún at Km this ‘late night’/early morning scene is contained within a small area, far from the larger resorts.
Cancún, though, ain’t just a magnet for youth on the loose.
El Centro beckons, if you reckon that local flavor trumps the Zona Hotelera’s pristine beaches. I’m sure that the downtown area holds cultural gems that will remind you that you really are in Mexico, it is less visited by vacationers. You are now signed up to receive the latest and greatest travel guidance and information from Fodor’s Travel.