(Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico)
The beautiful beachfront of Cancun is especially impressive and lined by a series of popular hotel complexes, many of which have their very own private outdoor swimming pools.
View of the white sands of the beachfront, with thatched parasols providing shade where necessary. Sunloungers and chairs can be hired if required.
Hotels standing on the beachfront are always the most popular, although these resorts are understandably more expensive than similar accommodation lacking the lagoon views. Beaches are often just a matter of minutes away from the hotel entrance.
Traditional piers add much character to the beaches and have been used for landing boats for many years. The longest piers are also much favoured by local fishermen.
The main resorts in Cancun are large and spreading, with tropical palms, swimming pools and beachfront views. Numerous holiday packages are available during peak times, particularly when booked well ahead.
Holiday makers often choose to soak up the sun and atmosphere around the private swimming pools attached to the biggest hotels, where bars and eateries are never far from hand.
Sunloungers are always in good supply at the countless resorts, usually being grouped alongside the swimming pools.
The Chichen Itza is relatively close by and this much-visited archaeological site is one of the most famous of all the landmarks in Mexico. These ruins are now maintained by the National Institute of Anthropology and History - INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia).
Chichen Itza features a collection of stone buildings, which are grouped together. A number of these have been fully restored, with the centre being marked by the Temple of Kukulkan.
As well as the remains of temples within the Chichen Itza complex, visitors will also be able to observe a selection of ancient sports courts, used to play the 'Mesoamerican' ball game. The largest of these is the aptly named 'Great Ball Court'.