Even into the 1970s, Cancún was still a sleepy fishing village on a quiet Caribbean beach. Today, Cancún is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, attracting six million visitors a year. The village became downtown Cancún, the city center on the mainland, which is home today to the Mexicans working over in the “vacation factory.” Tourists stay in the Zona Hotelera (hotel zone) on the narrow, but roughly 20-kilometer-long peninsula separating Laguna de Nichupté lagoon from the Caribbean Sea.
Many travelers use Cancún as a starting point for their journey into the highlands or continue on from there to places like Tulum and Xcaret on the Riviera Maya. A great way to escape the bustle of Cancún for a day is to take a boat out to nearby Isla Mujeres (the Island of Women).
Starting May 2019, Lufthansa will be operating three weekly nonstop flights from Frankfurt to Cancún (CUN), roughly 22 kilometers south of downtown Cancún. Regular bus services connect the airport and city center; the journey takes roughly 35 minutes and costs around 3 euros. A rideto Playa del Carmen costs about 9 euros and takes 65 minutes. Taxis are available round the clock, and the taxi ride into Cancún costs roughly 30 euros and takes between 20 and 25 minutes, depending on the traffic.