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Cancun is the town that gives the name to the International airport where you will land, which is some 30km/19mi south of downtown.

The city is located on the Caribbean Sea,on the northeast of the Yucatán Peninsula serving an average of about fifteen million passengers per year, and is one of the easternmost points in Mexico.

The name of Cancun has two possible translation from the mayan “Kaan Kun”. The first and most accepted “nest of snakes” and the second “place of the gold snake”.


Apart from the island tourist zone, which is actually part of the world's second-longest coral reef, the Mexican residential section of the city, the downtown part known as "El Centro," consists of "supermanzanas"(superblocks), giant trapezoids with a central non-residential area cut in by residential streets.


The island of Isla Mujeres is located off the coast and is accessible by ferry from Puerto Juárez.