Cancún International Airport is located approximately six miles (10km) from the south end of the hotel strip, Zona Hotelera, and nine miles (16km) southwest of downtown. From its humble beginnings in 1996, the airport began operating as a private entity being managed by ASUR and ITA, which led to notable achievements such as the remodelling and extension project of its airports, initiated stock public offering, to the completion of second runway opening of its Terminal 3. The airport also adheres to environmental, sustainable means, having had its airport management system certified under ISO 14001, which led to it being recognized as Socially Responsible Company by CEMEFI in 2008 and voted as best airport in Latin America under international Airport Service Quality (ASQ) programme in 2009. It is also deemed as Mexico’s second busiest airport, having had a record figure of 19.3 million passengers in 2012.
Cancún is a coastal city in the so-called famous destination called The Mexican Caribbean. It is part of the Yucatan Peninsula that has a shoreline along the Caribbean. Having said this, the weather is tropical, with consistent hot and humid weather throughout the year. The place is ideal to visit any time of the year, with peak season running from December to April. Cancun was built as the ideal spot for a new tourist development by the Mexican federal government, with the hotel zone almost entirely built around the tourist industry. The so-called Zona Hotelera, located between on the stretch of land between the sea and Nichupte lagoon, are brimming with hotels, beaches, and bars. Visit Cancun, and let the Caribbean tides cast its spell on your wanderlust vacation getaway.
For avid swimmers, take a dip in Isla Mujeres, an island located eight miles off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, for a gentle and relaxing experience. For advanced swimmers who are up for a challenge, swimming on the open ocean is an opportunity of a lifetime. The crystal clear waters will truly relax your mind and body. Cheap thrills are also up for grabs, as the locals make a living by selling different items to tourists on the beach. To enjoy a scenic view and treat your palates to Caribbean taste, go to The Lobster Dinner Cruise. Watch the sunset with friends you have not met yet while devouring on a steak and lobster on board, and just enjoy the moment. Explore the wonders of the Caribbean under the sea by enrolling in a Scuba diving school, which will take you to the best dive spots in Cancún there is. Take adventure on an extreme level by swimming with the whale sharks. Many companies offer snorkeling tours with the sea giants especially from June to September. Conquer Cancún, and not just its water by going in a jeep safari adventure. Explore the whole of Cancún in a self-drive jeep safari. The tour price is usually inclusive of an experienced guide, plus a chance to swim or snorkel in underground caves, explore Mayan ruins, and a visit to a jungle reserve.
How to get around within Cancun
Cancún is fairly easy to navigate, with the bus as the cheapest and most preferred mode of transportation. Bus company ADO stops at major national destinations, while Riviera Express stops at certain landmarks in Riviera Maya such as the Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Xel-Ha, among others. Taxis charge expensive rates going to and fro the Zona Hotelera and airport, but cheap going downtown, where most of the locals live.
How to get there
Cancún International Airport is being serviced by Mayair, Aeromexico, Interjet, Volaris, Magnicharters, and Viva Aerobus, Tropic Air, Copa, and Avianca El Salvador from Mexico City and Central America, respectively. It is also being serviced by airlines from Cuba, Europe & Russia, South America, Canada, and USA airlines.
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