A History Of Cancun

A trip to Cancun is a great way to experience the resolve of a group of people once they decide to build something where, perhaps, nothing should have ever been built. Cancun is not an ancient Mexican city that slowly evolved over time into a tourist destination. In fact, its story is much shorter, but no less compelling in the obstacles that had to be overcome to make it into a world class tourist destination.

A collection of sand dunes a mere thirty or forty years ago, not many people even knew about the place. During the 1970s, then Mexican President, Luis Echeverria, began an extensive project to construct the best tourist destination in the vast Caribbean. The Yucatan peninsula was to have its main attraction, in the form of this new resort.

As the government greatly desired the construction of a resort in this yet unused area, it made the concession to allow for the development to receive foreign funding. As a result, the first hotels build in the area were the Palacio Maya and Club Med. To this day, both of these hotels are extremely popular. Thanks to their initial success, development continues unabated with plans for even further enhancements to the area.

Prior to the 1970s, Cancun had never been able to attract any interest from developers and sat alone and neglected. How the interest came about is unclear, but overnight the Mexican government decided that it should invest in the development of the area. One would not guess, at first examination, that the region was uninhabitable a short time ago and had no infrastructure.

Presently, The city stands heads and shoulders above any other high end tourist town in Mexico, or the rest of the world for that matter. The roads are well paved, there are treatment facilities for both fresh and waste water, an uninterrupted supply of power and tourist attractions and accommodations as far as the eye can see.

Cancun even has attractions one can’t see from land. Just off the coast one will find the largest collection of reefs in the entire world. It is also first in size in another category. The largest collection of navigable underwater caves, the stunning cenotes, also reside near Cancun. For scuba divers this is a unique paradise offering unmatched attractions found no where else.

Cancun has also made it presence known around the world as more than just a tourist hot spot. In 2003, Cancun was the host of the WTO (World Trade Organization) talks. Cancun has a legacy of being a prestigious destination, in part because it hosted such a meeting; not only for tourism, but also business. Naturally challenges are present in this region as they are in any other. In 2005, Cancun was struck by hurricane Wilma. Damage was extensive and there was loss of life, but Cancun was able to rebound. The people of Cancun, Mexico and the world all helped out to restore Cancun to its former glory. Today, all of Cancun’s major attractions are still up and running.

The future now looks bright for Cancun as development continues. It is now home to over 500,000 full-time residents and is the most popular tourist destination in not only Mexico, but also the entire Caribbean (at that is some stiff competition). It is safe to say the future of the area looks bright.

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