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Mexico Facts & Information

 Location Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between Belize and the US and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the US
 Climate Varies from tropical to desert
 Terrain High rugged mountains, low coastal plains, high plateaus, and desert
 Population 106,202,903
 Nationality Mexican
 Ethnic groups Mestizo 60%, Amerindian 30%, white 9%, other 1%
 Religions Roman Catholic 89%, Protestant 6%, other 5%
 Languages Spanish, various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages
 Government Type Federal Republic
 Capital Mexico City
 Currency Mexican Peso (MXN)
 Description of Flag Three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and red; the coat of arms (an eagle perched on a cactus with a snake in its beak) is centered in the white band
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Cancun Culture

Just about everyone you meet in Cancun seems to be smiling – hotel staff, tour guides, taxi drivers. Who wouldn’t? They live in paradise and they are anxious to make your stay in it an enjoyable one. Most people go out of their way to try to speak English with tourists, but your attempts to speak some Spanish are generally appreciated.

As Cancun was created with tourism in mind, it is

not the best place to immerse yourself in an authentic Mexican cultural experience. Of course, its ruins can teach you a great deal about Mexico’s past, but if you would like a less packaged experience, you might enjoy trips to nearby Merida and Valladolid.

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Cancun Shopping

Cancun is home to several large malls, small shops and markets. Prices in the Hotel Zone tend to be a bit higher than Downtown. The open-air market Coral Negro in the Hotel Zone (Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 9) is more expensive than the Mercado Veintiocho (Market 28), where you can find some of the same crafts and souvenirs at a fraction of the price.

Note: Do not purchase tortoiseshell products as

they are made from an endangered species and are illegal in the United States.


Cancun Restaurants
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Cancun. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine    
 Spices Retorno Lacandones, Km. 17 998 881 8000 Italian
 Celebrity Kukulcan Blvd, Km. 13.5 998 885 2924 International
 Cambalache Forum by the Sea 998 883 0902 Argentinian
 La Parrilla Av. Yaxchilan 51 998 884 5398 Mexican
 U'Mediterraneo Forum by the Sea 998 883 4848 Mediterranean
 Iguana Wana Plaza Caracol 998 883 0829 Mexican
 La Cascada Kukulcan Blvd, Km. 23 998 885 1114 Mexican
 Mango Tango Kukulcan Blvd., Km. 14.2 998 885 0303 Caribbean
 Blue Bayou Blvd. Kukulcan KM 10.5 998 883 0044 Cajun
 La Brisa Camino Real hotel 998 848 7000 Seafood
 Maria Bonita Camino Real hotel 998 848 7000 Mexican
 Se?or Frog's Blvd. Kukulcan KM 9.5 998 883 1092 International
 Ba'ax Blvd. Kukulcan KM.4 998 849 5549 Mexican
 Planet Hollywood Flamingo Plaza 998 885 3022 American
 Casa Rolandi Plaza Caracol 998 883 2557 Italian
 Captain's Cove Royal Yacht Club 998 885 0016 Seafood
 Crab House Kukulcan Blvd., Km. 14.8 998 885 3936 Seafood
 La Dolce Vita Av. Kukulcan Km. 14.6 998 885 0161 Italian
 Coral Reef Kukulcan Blvd, Km. 9.5 998 881 3200 Seafood
 The Seafood Market Kukulcan Blvd, Km. 8.5 998 883 1234 Seafood


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