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Coat of arms of Cancún
Coat of arms
Location of Cancún
Location of Cancún
Coordinates: 21°09′38″N 86°50′51″W / 21.16056°N 86.8475°W / 21.16056; -86.8475Coordinates: 21°09′38″N 86°50′51″W / 21.16056°N 86.8475°W / 21.16056; -86.8475
Country Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico
State Flag of Quintana Roo.svg Quintana Roo
Municipality Coat of arms of Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo.svg Benito Juárez
Foundation April 20, 1970
 • Type Ayuntamiento
 • Mayor Francisco Antonio Alor Quezada (PRI)
Elevation 0-10 m (0-33 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Total 526,701
 • Demonym Cancunense
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
Postal code 77500
Area code(s) 998

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.

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 Yucatan. The Yucatan has many Mayan sites, and some villages which are still mostly Mayan.

Reference[change | change source]

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