The turquoise waters, rich Mayan culture, and luxury hotels bring us back to the Riviera Maya year after year. Not only is the weather 99% of the time perfect, but the tours and activities offered in the region will always keep you busy. Here are some fun facts about Cancun, let us know what you think in the comments below! Were you there in the 70’s when it all began?
1. Before the city became known as “Cancun,” it was called “Ekab,” meaning “Black Earth.” Cancun is actually also a Mayan word that means “nest of serpents.”
2. When Cancun was first developing in 1970, there were only three residents living there. Now there are over half a million people who call Cancun home. Can you imagine waking up to that beach every day?
3. Cancun alone generates 1/3 of Mexico’s tourism revenue. Millions of people travel to Cancun each year to enjoy the amazing city.
4. Between 2009 and 2010, Cancun underwent a major beach restoration project that added 7 miles of coast between 40-70 yards wide. This project cost about $70 million dollars. This means there is plenty of beach for you and your friends to relax on!
5. Cancun is divided into three districts: Downtown Cancun, the Ecological Reserve, and the Hotel Zone. Downtown Cancun is a great place to learn about the locals and a less expensive place to shop with several flea markets. The Ecological Reserve is home to Mexico’s largest genuine ecosystem – and there are many tours that explore the area. Cancun’s Hotel Zone is the popular tourist area with shopping and beaches.
6. The second busiest airport in Mexico is Cancun’s international airport – with the most international traffic in the Latin American area. Make sure you mark your luggage appropriately in case of a mix up.
7. Cancun’s white sand is made from crushed coral and cool to the touch, so you don’t need your sandals while walking on the beach. Remember to always bring a beach bag to store towels, sandals, and water just in case.
8. Cancun is home to the second largest coral reef in the world – the Great Mayan Barrier Reef. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the only one that is larger. Take advantage of this by scuba diving or snorkeling while visiting Cancun.
9. Cancun has many festivals throughout the year such as the Cancun Jazz Festival, Equinox celebrations, film festivals, and more. Check out which festivals are happening during your travel time to enjoy this unique aspect of Cancun. I’ve been to the Cancun Cinco de Mayo party and it is definitely worth checking out.
10. There are around 140 hotels with over 24,000 hotel rooms and over 350 restaurants in Cancun – so there is always a place for you to stay. Cancun awaits you!
11. Out of these 9 beaches, 3 of them (Las Perlas, Chac Mool and Playa Delfines) have the Blue Flag distinction for the quality of the water.
12. Three of the world’s longest underwater cave systems are located in the Riviera Maya. Ox Bel Ha is 146.7 kilometers, Nohock Na Choch is 61 kilometers, and Dos Ojos is 57.7 kilometers.
13. Scuba divers flock to Cancun, and the surrounding area, for the opportunity to dive the Great Maya Barrier Reef, which is the second largest coral reef in the world. Only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is larger.
14. Cancun’s average annual temperature is 80 degrees and there are over 240 sunny days.
15. 1.3 billion gallons (6.1 cubic meters) of sand were used to rebuild the beaches, during the 2010 beach restoration project.