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Rays, ruins and romance: Cancun has something for everyone

The pre-dawn wakeup call was rough but worth it: By 8:30 a.m. local time, we were in Mexico and heading toward our beachfront oasis. I remembered Cancun as being beautiful and extremely fun.

Now, I was back 12 years later, looking forward to beautiful beaches and quality scuba diving while wondering if Cancun’s reputation as only a party spot would ring true. A coastal city in the state of Quintana Roo on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun sits where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea. It literally was built for fun in the 1970s by the Mexican government, which selected the 14 miles of beaches shaped like a number “7” to be the home of luxury waterfront resorts. Within a decade, what was marsh and mangroves – Cancun translates to “nest of snakes” – transformed into a world-class vacation spot with turquoise seas and a brand new airport to bring in tourists.