All-Inclusive, Adults-Only Beachfront Resort in Cancún
Grand Oasis Viva sits on nearly half a mile of Caribbean beachfront in the midst of Cancún's lively Hotel Zone. Cancún's nonstop nightlife is less than 10 minutes away, but you can find plenty of entertainment without leaving the resort. There's a swimming pool with a swim-up bar, a nine-hole golf course nearby, and on select nights, an outdoor stage lit up by tribal fire dancers.
Your all-inclusive stay gives you free rein to indulge at the resort's many bars and restaurants. Dos Lunas serves exotic Mediterranean cuisine and fresh seafood, and Las Palmas offers a buffet brimming with an assortment of international eats. At the end of the pool, bartenders sling exotic cocktails and frosty margaritas behind a swim-up bar.
The Kin Ha Spa offers massages and skin treatments that incorporate natural elements. Though spa services are extra, it's worth it to indulge in a body wrap infused with exotic cenote clay or chocolate. Upstairs in the ocean-view rooms, bright orange and sea-blue hues lend a tropical vibe, and wide windows open to let in ocean breezes and breathtaking views of the Caribbean.
Cancún: Cool White Sands and Mayan Relics
Located on a barrier island shaped like the number seven, Cancún's Hotel Zone juts into the Caribbean Sea at the northeast tip of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. With the sea on one side and freshwater lagoons on the other, it's a popular spot for sailing and snorkeling. Although the beaches and barrier reefs are a major draw, the geography is equally enticing further inland, where you can dive into an underground river or take a speedboat through a mangrove jungle.
Cancún pulls in millions of visitors each year, so escaping the crowds and the party atmosphere isn't always easy, but a visit to Playa Delfines offers a chance for sunbathing in relative seclusion. Resorts have yet to encroach upon this stretch of sand, and it's especially popular with surfers.
The stone columns of El Rey Ruins, an ancient Mayan site dating back to the second and third centuries BCE, lie within the city’s Hotel Zone. Believed to be a royal burial ground, the archaeological site is also home to wild iguanas that lounge in the sun and read Tom Clancy novels. For a Mayan-themed day trip, take a 1.5-hour drive from Cancún down the coast to Tulum, a pre-Columbian walled city located on a bluff overlooking the sea—one of the Yucatán Peninsula's most visited Mayan ruins. The Mayan city of Chichén Itzá, chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, is only a 2.5-hour drive from Cancún.
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