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Beachfront location on the north end of Cancun Island
Cancun is located on the northeast coast of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula. Originally a small fishing town, it was developed by the Mexican government in the 1970s to become the ideal modern vacation spot. Today, the city is known as the party capital of the entire country, drawing over three million tourists annually. Especially popular during Spring Break, it boasts beautiful powdery white sand beaches, a number of shopping centers, lots of restaurants, bikini contests left and right, and a popping nightlife scene of full dancing, drinking, and 24/7 fun. It's divided into three districts, though 15-mile long Isla Cancun ("Cancun Island") is the central hotel zone and main area for visitors, particularly Tulum Avenue. Whether it's the Interactive Aquarium or the retail hubs Kukulcan Plaza and Forum-by-the-Sea, there's plenty to do when not basking along the shores or enjoying windsurfing and water skiing. El Rey and Yamil Lu'um are nearby archaeological ruins. There are plenty more in Coba and Chichen Itza, two to three hours away by car.
Built to resemble a Mayan pyramid, the all-inclusive Riu Caribe is located on the north end of Cancun Island. The bright lobby is filled with natural light, jungle-like trees, and hanging vines. The 506 rooms come with the usual amenities -- radio alarm clock, TV, hairdryer -- but the stocked minibar, liquor dispenser, and ocean-view balcony are all nice touches. Rooms have a blue and beige color scheme and while some have been renovated, others still have tube TVs and plain decor. The resort features a number of pleasant bars and restaurants, three swimming pools, a nightclub, and an outdoor theater, although the height of the building casts the pools in shade in the early afternoon. While the beach is beautiful, it's on the small side, especially for the size of this property.