Cancun is a coastal city in Mexico's easternmost state, Quintana Roo, on the Yucatán Peninsula. Cancun is a world-renowned tourist resort, and although it is known as a mecca for booze-swilling college kids, there is much more to this location, which is also great for a family vacation.
Cancun is comprised of fourteen miles of pristine white beaches shaped like a number "7." It is home to Mayan archaeological wonders, turquoise seas, a bountiful underwater world and world-class vacation amenities. It is still considered the gateway to the Mayan World ("El Mundo Maya"). Mayan temples and ritual sites literally abound everywhere, some smothered by lush jungle, others easily accessible for the casual traveler.
The Cancun hotel zone is almost entirely built around the tourist industry. It abounds with all-inclusive resort hotels. Stay here only if you don't mind spending your vacation with many other tourists.