But those hankering for a no-hassle beach vacation can fly in and soak up the sun without speaking a word of Spanish (or exchanging U.S. dollars). And those interested in learning about the ancient Maya civilization can visit several exceptional archaeological sites on day trips.
If you want to see the first light of day strike Mexican soil, spend the night at Isla Mujeres, to the north of Cancun. It’s the easternmost point of Mexico.
Before it became a resort, the area where Cancun now sits was inhabited by a dozen poor Maya fishing families.
The City disco with its spectacular shows is the largest in Mexico, hosting 5,000 partygoers at a time.
Cancun and the surrounding islands of Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Playa del Carmen account for one-third of all foreign tourists visiting Mexico.
There’s a gravestone for the pirate Fermin Mundaca in the small cemetery on Isla Mujeres. Mundaca designed it himself. However, he died in Merida and is buried there.
One of Cortes’ lieutenants, Francisco de Montejo, was in charge of subduing the natives of the Yucatan, but the fighting was so fierce that it took him 27 years to conquer them. Meanwhile, Cortes wiped out the Aztec empire in two years.
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