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3 Things to Love About Cancun

Perhaps you were planning your holidays and decided against Cancun? How very wrong a decision his was! This sun-blessed city on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is a real escape from everyday life. Here are three things you’d love about Cancun.

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The weather

If you’re looking for warm temperatures, you don’t to look any further than Cancun. The coldest month of the year is January at — believe it or not — an average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius, whereas August, as you might expect, experiences the highest average high temperature at a sweltering 34 degrees Celsius. Make sure you pack shorts, T-shirt. and some sun cream!

Naturally, these pleasant temperatures make swimming in the sea a relaxing experience. The best time to swim in the sea, if you don’t like the chill of sea water, is June. The average temperature of the water is 29 degrees Celsius! That’s certainly bearable!

October is a good time to visit Cancun if you want to get away from the crowds. The beaches are that little bit quieter, allowing you to soak up the sun on the sun-kissed shores.

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The scenery

The island of Isla Mujeres is just eight miles away from Cancun, but take a day trip to the island to experience scenery at its most paradise-like. Honeymooners flock to the island, with its old school ways and tranquil atmosphere. This is also one of the only places – if not the only place– where you can swim with whale sharks, an experience not to be missed.

Speaking of landmarks, the Mayan ruins provide the scenery for tremendous opportunities. The sight of El Castillo under a blue sky, at the site of Chichen Itza, is one you should savor both with your eyes and your camera. Get there early and there’s hardly a soul around, leaving you free to snap away without waiting for crowds to disperse or worrying about passers-by ruining your shot.

To get the best of both worlds, venture out to Tulum, where you can explore the Mayan ruins and also take in some magical coastline. El Castillo – there’s more than one! – was once a watchtower and forms part of the clifftop.

The tranquility

Cancun is a popular tourist spot and does have extremely busy spells. However, there are also moments and locations where you can escape the crowds and the hustle and bustle and revel in the peace and quiet.

Take the cenotes, which are the freshwater pools that have formed beneath the caves and see visitors swimming surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites. There are some which attract the crowds, but there are also some hidden gems. If you have the time and the patience to travel just 10 minutes from the more popular one near Chichen Itza, you’ll find the secluded Cenote Yokdzonot. This cenote is tranquil – the touristic scene of Cancun feels a million miles away – and you’ll be among trees and jungle vines. This is nature at its most beautiful.

So if you’re heading out on a break to Cancun, you can look forward to all of these things. Historical sites, natural wonders, and pleasing temperatures– they all let you know you’ve gotten away from the humdrum of everyday life to somewhere special.

Images by shinya and Redeo, used under Creative Commons license

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