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Our travel guide to Mexico's new Cancún

Romantic, scenic, and energetic, Cancún is a step away from the "spring break" vibes of Cabo San Lucas, offering a more unique Mexican holiday experience.

By Veronica Wood
Romantic, scenic, and energetic, Cancún is a step away from the "spring break" vibes of Cabo San Lucas, offering a more unique Mexican holiday experience. Submerge yourself in the ancient Mayan history at the Chichen Itza, relax at the white sandy beaches, or dive the Carribean paradise of the underwater museum of Musa Museo. With so many activities for every budget its easy to get going- and hard to go home.
WHO VISITS
It’s probably a great place to spot a celeb, too- Angelina Jolie and Eva Mendes are among the beachgoers. Cancún also boasts the address for Justin Timberlake’s 2012 bucks party.
EAT
The Habichuela transports you back into the romance of Mayan culture. Adorned with original relics, Mayan statues, and paintings, the entire restaurant is built around a central waterfall installation. Tables are located in the garden with views of the sunset over the water.
La Habichuela Km 12.6 Blvd Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
SEE
Chichen Itza, the iconic archaeological site of Mayan ruins. Now listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the immensely popular step pyramid inspires thousands of visitors a year. The Mayans reflected their harmony with nature by designing the city’s structures to align with the stars. It’s a 2 hour bus ride from Cancún, with a full day of exploring the castles, ballrooms and massive observatory.
STAY
If you want to get a little out of the buzz of downtown Cancún, why not travel down the beach to Playa del Carmen? The Be Playa boutique hotel is a tranquil paradise. It offers spectacular beach views, contemporary design, and stylish Mexican furnishings.
Be Playa Av 10 esquina Calle 26, 77710, Playa del Carmen, Cancún -Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
GET THERE
Major airports in Australia transfer to Dallas, DFW and onwards to Cancun, CUN.
WHEN
November to April is near perfect weather. Just avoid the Mid-February rush of uni students.

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