Now I can assure you that traveling in Mexico is very much worth it!. I believe I can write hundreds of blogs about this amazing trip, but I just want to give you guys a taste of it, so you can go and do it by yourself. Let’s start with Cancun that believe it or not, 40 years ago was an isolated stretch of unexplored beaches, tropical forest and mangroves. With over three million people visiting every year, Cancun has been through many changes, and difficult moments with the arrival of Hurricane Gilbert on September 19988 and Hurricane Wilma in 2005, but despite of the ups and downs, this island remains splendid for tourists from around the world and celebrated its 40 anniversary in April 2010.
Cancun means “nest of snakes” in Mayan and a lot of honeymooners choose this island as a mean destination, so let’s take a look of its history:
Cancun back in time
1970: Development started. (Hotel zone, airport and downtown)
1974: The first hotels and airport open.
1976: Cancun attracts 100.000 visitors
1982: with 70.000 inhabitants, Cancun becomes the largest city in Quintana Roo.
1983- 1988 Massive expansion produces 12,000 hotel rooms with another 11.000 under construction, and more than 2000,000 inhabitants.
1987: The Hard Rock Café opens
1988: Hurricane Gilbert hits Cancun 8Category 5)
1993: The Ritz- Carlton hotel opens
1994: Cancun center opens to host conventions and exhibitions
1997: Coco Bongo night club opens
2005 Hurricane Wilma hits Cancun
2009: Swine flu epidemic sweeps Mexico, affecting tourism.
2009: Restoration project begins to rebuild Cancun´s beaches.
2009: The hotel zone sees the return of 40m- wide beaches.
2010 The restoration project is complete.
What to do
Scuba & Snorkel parasailing, water skiing,
Visit Playa del Carmen
Xcaret (Tropical Theme Park)
Akumal ( Beach resort)
Coba ( Archeology buffs)
Telum and Kel-ka (archeological site)
Sian Ka’an (nature reserve)
Where to shop
La Isla shopping village
Luxury Avenue Mall
Where to dine
La Madonna (Italian cuisine)
Crab House (Sea Food)
La Dolce Vita (Italian cuisine)
Gustino (Italian cuisine)
Puerto Madero (Argentine cuisine)
Tequila Grill (Mexican cuisine at Luxury Avenue Mall)
Hacienda El Mortero (Mexican cuisine)
The Ritz- Carlton
Bistro Latino (modern latino)
Hacienda Sisal: Excellent Mexican cuisine, music and dance.