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About the area

Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Contoy Island, Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel Island and the Riviera Maya are located on the north coast of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo in the southeast of México. The weather is subtropical, with rain showers occurring mostly during summer and temperatures between 36°C and 12°C. Its lush, subtropical forest landscape features mangroves and coastal wetlands. Just off the coast is the second longest barrier of reefs of the world is extended.

Cancun is a city populated by over a million people. Most residents are from the Yucatán Peninsula, but ever since the beginning of Cancun’s tourist development in 1971, a number of international residents have started to call Cancun home.
As the most important city in the Mexican Caribbean, Cancun has all the services and amenities that big cities have. Cancun is divided in two parts: a downtown area, which is growing very fast, and the Hotel Zone. The international airport is located 17 km south of downtown Cancun.

Isla Mujeres is located just off of Cancun, and you can get to it from the “embarcadero” (a dock area) in the Hotel Zone. It is also reachable from Puerto Juárez via a ferry or boat, or from Punta Sam via a cargo boat or ferry that carries cars. It only takes 30 minutes to make the trip from Cancun to the center of Isla Mujeres.

Up north from Cancun are Contoy Island and Holbox. Contoy Island is a beautiful nature reserve known for its sea birds and a thriving marine environment that attracts many whale sharks during their seasonal migration. Holbox is a piece of land surrounded by a lagoon coast with a colorful fishing village where you can hide from modern life in the town’s very cozy, small hotels.

South of Cancun is the Riviera Maya which starts in Cancun and ends in Tulum town. The area’s main city is Playa del Carmen, a dynamic, cosmopolitan town 60 km away from Cancun. The Riviera Maya also has many small towns where employees from the surrounding resorts, attractions and small hotels live.

Cozumel is a gorgeous island located off Playa del Carmen. You can get to it from Cancun by plane or by cargo ferry from Puerto Morelos. Punta Venado also offers a ferry to Cozumel that takes automobiles. And, Playa del Carmen has passenger ferries and fast boats to get there too.