Diana Spechler

A vacationer’s paradise in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Cancun attracts millions of visitors each year, who come to swim in the turquoise Caribbean Sea, drink tequila until the sun comes up and live a fantasy life that only all-inclusive beach resorts and swaying palm trees can deliver. Though Cancun’s reputation might be spring break excess, the city also offers up luxury stays, natural splendor, a rich culinary scene and the unique culture of the Yucatan Peninsula, including relics of an ancient Maya civilization. Cancun is for scuba divers, salsa dancers, shoppers, history buffs and those who want to forget real life for a while by burying their toes in the sand.