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Cancun Holidays Overview
Cancun is located on Mexicoís Yucatan Peninsula facing east onto the Caribbean. It is known for its seaside strip of resort hotels along sandy white beaches. It is famed as a destination for sports fishing and for honeymoon getaways. Diverse water sports and amusements are available as well as international cuisine, bars and dancing. Night life continues here into the early morning hours.
The surf at the beaches can be strong. Lifeguards are only on duty at some of the major hotels. Travellerís are best off drinking only bottled water and avoiding salads and washed foods outside of the larger hotels.
This city was planned as the result of a 1967 study around how to attract tourism to coastal Mexico. Prior to 1970, only a handful of people inhabited the area. They made their livelihood from fishing. There was also a military base. Today there are roughly 750,000 inhabitants.
Some 150 hotels range broadly in prices. Several large malls and amusement parks cater to tourists in addition to the water and its beaches. This is an area very much affected by hurricanes. To avoid possible storms it is best to not visit between June and November.
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holidays - Top Events
Cancun is home to several annual activities throughout the year. The World Cup Triathalon occurs in November. There is a Carnaval each January prior to Ash Wednesday with dancing in the streets of this resrort town.
Like all of Mexico, the Day of Dead in early November and the 5th of May are both festive occasions. Information on these an other events can be found at visitcancun.(http://www.visitcancun.com/activities/annual_events_and_holidays.htm)
The JumpOff has been happening here in late May since 2002 it bills itself as the largest urban event outside of the US. It is a young black professional, beach celebration converging on these resort beaches. (http://www.cancunjumpoff.com/)
holidays - How to Get There
Arriving from Australia, there is no direct flight to Cancun (CUN). Visitors must arrive in Los Angeles (LAX) to depart on Delta Airlines after a 3.5 hour layover for Cancun, arriving at 4:15 PM.
There is an Australian Embassy based in the Federal District of Mexico (Mexico City) to assist travellers with consular services. (http://www.mexico.embassy.gov.au/)