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Cancún

city in Mexico

Cancún (pronounced as IPA: [kanˈkun]) is a coastal city in Mexico's easternmost state, Quintana Roo, on the Yucatán Peninsula. About 573,000 people live in Cancún, but over 4,000,000 tourists visit Cancún every year on vacation. At present it is, with Acapulco, the Mexican resort best known in the world.

Cancún
City
Coat of arms of Cancún
Coat of arms
Location of Cancún
Location of Cancún
Coordinates: Coordinates: 21°09′38″N 86°50′51″W / 21.16056°N 86.84750°W / 21.16056; -86.84750
Country Mexico
StateFlag of Quintana Roo.svg Quintana Roo
MunicipalityCoat of arms of Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo.svg Benito Juárez
FoundationApril 20, 1970
Government
 • TypeAyuntamiento
 • MayorFrancisco Antonio Alor Quezada (PRI)
Elevation
0-10 m (0-33 ft)
Population
 (2005)
 • Total526,701
 • Demonym
Cancunense
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
Postal code
77500
Area code(s)998
Websitewww.cancun.gob.mx

The resort is entirely artificial: few lived here before 1970. The first hotels were funded by the government.[1] February to May is wonderful weather most of the time,[2] and there are stunning white sand beaches. Even the sea is warm. There is now an airport, and bus connections to the rest of the Yucatán. The Yucatán has many Mayan sites, and some villages which are still mostly Mayan.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Siegel, Jules 2006. Cancun User's Guide. Lulu.com. p. 204. ISBN 1-4116-3944-8
  2. Cancun has a "tropical wet and dry" climate.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Cancún at Wikimedia Commons