Cancún Getaway with Airfare and All-Inclusive Resort Stay
With this Getaway, you’ll be flown to Cancún from New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD), or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Upon landing, an included airport shuttle will take you to the all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula, which lies in the heart of the Hotel Zone and fronts its own private stretch of shoreline. With complimentary sun loungers on the beach and four pools—including one with a swim-up bar—it’s easy to spend all five days lazing by the Caribbean. But the resort’s location makes it easy to sample much of what the area has to offer as well. You can quickly get to the craft shops downtown, Tulum’s seafront Mayan ruins, and the islands of Isla Mujeres and Cozumel for snorkeling.
Of course, there’s plenty to keep you occupied on the resort grounds. You can take advantage of the volleyball courts or explore the waterfront in a complimentary kayak or catamaran. Opportunities to relax can be found at the onsite spa and private in-suite jacuzzis, which are set outside on a balcony or terrace. Scheduled entertainment during the day and night sometimes includes live music performances and daytime programs for kids.
This all-inclusive package covers dining at the resort’s buffet and themed restaurants, which serve everything from Mexican to Japanese cuisine. Bars scattered throughout the property include a 24-hour sports bar and a beach bar.
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 daytrip, 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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