LOCATION Cancun is located in Mexico in northern Quintana Roo, a state in the southeastern portion of the country. The island of Cancun is shaped like the number “7” and is bordered by Bahia de Mujeres to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the east and Nichupte Lagoon to the west.

CITY STRUCTURE The city of Cancun is divided into “supermanzanas,” which are large residential and commercial areas with walkways and gardens. The main streets within Cancun are named after Mayan cities while the side streets bear names of fish, flowers, fruit and animals. A 10-mile bike path runs between Bahia de Mujeres and Kukulcan Boulevard, the channel connecting downtown to the Hotel Zone.

TRANSPORTATION Buses and taxis are the two most prominent forms of transportation in Cancun. Turican and Autocar, two urban bus companies established in Cancun, have regular routes and service throughout the city’s main avenues as well as Kukulcan Boulevard through the Hotel Zone. The buses stop every three to five minutes at the Hotel Zone stops. A bus ticket within the city is 5 pesos and within the Hotel Zone is 6 pesos. Cancun has 4,000 taxis with approximately 10,000 drivers and serves the city and outlying areas. On average, taxi rides are approximately 15 to 18 pesos.

AIRPORT Cancun International Airport is Mexico’s second busiest airport to Mexico City and has 21 airlines arriving and departing on domestic and international flights. The airport is located approximately twelve miles from the city and the Hotel Zone at Carretera Cancun-Chetumal Km 22, Cancun, Q. Roo Mexico C.P. 77500.

CURRENCY The official currency is the Mexican peso but major credit cards and U.S. dollars are accepted most anywhere. Banks have expanded their facilities into the Hotel Zone with offices available for currency exchange. Cancun and Mexico are now accepting Euros.

ACCOMMODATIONS Cancun is Mexico’s largest resort destination with a total of 27,822 rooms ranging from affordable to upscale and chic. A majority of Cancun’s hotels are located in the Hotel Zone and feature ocean, lagoon and garden views. [A complete list of hotel accommodations is included in this press kit.]

MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS The Cancun Center, located in the heart of the Hotel Zone, has 13 meeting rooms which can be divided into 37 breakout rooms totaling 75,350 square feet of meeting space. Able to accommodate approximately 8,000 attendees, the Cancun Center offers 77,900 square feet of exhibition space, divided in two levels.

More than 20 hotels offer services and facilities with a total of 365,000 square-feet of space in 160 halls serving up to 50,000 participants. [A complete list of hotels with meeting space is included in this press kit.]

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES Cancun is home to several archaeological sites scattered around the town such as El Rey and El Meco. El Rey was an ancient Mayan city developed during the Post-Classic period dating 1200 to 1521 and consists of 47 structures. Open to the public on April 1, 2001, El Meco is located approximately four miles north of Cancun on Punta Sam Highway. Vestiges of temples, columns and stucco-covered walls surround the large central plaza. Smaller archaeological sites are located at Pok Ta Pok, San Miguelito and Yumil Lu’um.

GOLF Home to eight golf courses, with five under construction, Cancun has become one of the major hot spots for golf in the Mexican Caribbean. World-class designers like Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman have courses in Cancun such as Riviera Cancun and Moon Spa & Golf Club, the only Signature Nicklaus course in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The Professional Golf Association (PGA) will host the inaugural Mayakoba Classic at the El Camaleon course in February 2007.

NAUTICAL ACTIVITIES Situated on the Caribbean Sea, visitors to Cancún can take advantage of the variety of nautical activities offered from snorkeling, boating and diving to submarine rides, playing with dolphins and relaxing on the beaches. Chartered catamarans and boats are available for private functions as well as guided boat tours through the Lagoon and Isla Mujeres.

SHOPPING Cancún is home to unique shopping with more than 2,000 stores to choose from in the Hotel Zone and in the downtown area. Shoppers can walk through world-class centers and modern malls for designer apparel and accessories or pick up handcrafted souvenirs from around the country in one of the village flea markets.

SPAS Known as one of the world’s great spa destinations, Cancun is home to many spas offering treatments from massages, facials and scrubs to body wraps, manicures and steam baths. Visitors can choose to rejuvenate the body, mind and soul in an oceanside cabana or relax in the traditional “temazcal” steam bath.

CONTACT INFORMATION Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau
Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 9, Z.H. Cancun Center, 1st Floor
Cancun, Q. Roo, Mexico, 77550

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