Holiday to Cancun, Mexico - Tours & Day Trips
The large majority of holidays to cancun are aimed at young people on spring break or families looking for a holiday that has something for everyone. The white beaches, blue waters and year round sunshine provide the ideal setting for that picture-postcard Caribbean holiday.
Isla Cancun has many of the world's finest international hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton, the Hilton, Fiesta Americana and Le Meridien. Five-star hotels here are lavishly decorated with giant lobbies and opulent suites.
Cancun is a favourite family vacation destination and with two water parks within easy reach of the Hotel Zone, it's easy to keep children occupied. Aqua World and Parque Nizuc are perfect for kids of all ages and have activities to keep them busy all day. Aqua World offers diving for all levels, snorkeling, jungle tours, dinner cruises, submarine dives and a range of water sports. It is located in the hotel zone. Parque Nizuc is a water park with water slides, swimming with dolphins and a kids' playground. It is locate on the north end of the island.
Warm, crystal clear waters are the main attraction in Cancun so it's no surprise that the area is popular with divers. The Mesoamerican Reef lies just off the coast at the north end of the island at Nizuc. A number of scuba diving and snorkeling tours leave the north beaches to the reef daily. For more experienced and adventurous divers, many cenotes (cave rivers) are located along the Riviera Maya. One of the most popular destinations for this activity is Atkun Chen only an hour away from Cancun. There are also impressive caverns with walk-ways for non divers. Jungle tours on foot, on horseback, by four wheel drive or by boat are available near the Nitchupte lagoon and at the Xcaret and Xel-ha eco parks.
Cancun itself isn't really the best place for backpackers because it is an expensive resort with only two hostels in the city. Backpackers may feel more comfortable taking the 45 minute ferry ride to Isla Mujeres just offshore. Until recently, this was a quiet little island but more people have begun flocking there for short day trips. They tend to migrate towards the northern tip of the island where the town is situated. Further south is a little quieter with some budget accommodation. Unfortunately, most are not of very good quality. The hostel is fairly good and allows camping on their grounds. The coral reef at the south end of the island has been damaged by unsupervised visitors and is now protected by a nature park. There is also a government-run turtle farm that looks after endangered turtles. Bikes are an ideal way to explore the tiny island with its coves and beaches, although, currents on the east side of the island can be dangerous. The Riviera Maya is a good place to move onto from Cancun and can be a backpacker's paradise with small fishing villages offering jungle cabin accommodation along the route.
The cheapest accommodation can be found in downtown Cancun and on the lagoon. There are a number of tour operators specializing in student packages that include flights, hotels and extras such as meal deals and 'party packs'. Party packs include entrance into clubs and meal deals will guarantee you at least two meals a day for the duration of your stay. Group travel is encouraged as it makes the trip cheaper for all involved. Travelers under the age of 18 will need proof of guardian permission and most companies will supply a form for this. A good place to check is the Student Travel Services website.