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Happy 48th Birthday, Cancún!

By: Ana María Alcocer

Located on the northeast coast of Quintana Roo, with all the beauty around its beaches, its extension and the biodiversity of its reefs, islands, lagoons, cenotes, as well as the great variety of flora and fauna, has turned Cancun into the most recognized Mexican tourist destination on a world scale. But, what are the origins of this place?

At that time, the northeast fringe of what we know as the Yucatan Peninsula was full of virgin beaches. The Mexican government, with the support of FONATUR, a tourist promotion trust in Mexico, had planned the creation of a tourist city within that strip of sand that showed the Sea on one side and the Nichupté Lagoon on the other.

The development of what we know today as Cancun began in 1969 with 6000 inhabitants, and in 1974 it started operations with an international airport and a hotel. Cancun at that time, was the first of the five tourist poles of the Mexican coasts being the basis of a new policy fostered in tourism.

Who would say that today is one of the most recommended tourist destinations in Mexico and in the world?

What does the word "Cancun" mean?

The name of Cancun comes from the Mayan words "kaan" and "kun" which mean "nest of snakes", due to the large number of specimens that inhabit the region, due to the jungle area in which this city has been developed.

Our city

Cancun is located in the municipality of Benito Juárez in the State of Quintana Roo, bathed by the beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, this city has had a great development at Tourist Level during the last 30 years; currently you can find hotels, villas, condominiums, museums and shopping malls where you can find from the largest and most prestigious brands or the best restaurants of especialities where even the most demanding palates are pleased.

Did you know that Cancun is currently the city with the largest number of hotel rooms? The Cancún Hotel Zone has approximately 180 restaurants, 140 hotels (that altogether gather 24,000 rooms!) and 9 beaches certified with Blue Flag, where you will fall in love with the turquoise blue tone that characterizes them.

Learn more about our beaches here!

It is precisely because of this and many more reasons that you must visit this beautiful destination in the Mexican Caribbean. Come to Cancun and live an unforgettable vacation at our hotels: Royal Solaris Cancún, GR Caribe by Solaris and GR Solaris!

And follow our #SolarisTip to learn more about things you can do in Cancun.


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