Cancún is a city in southeastern Mexico on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is the most important tourist destination in Mexico, and the seat of the municipality of Benito Juárez. The city is on the coast line of the Caribbean Sea, and is one of Mexico's easternmost points.
South of Cancun lies many coastal resorts known collectively as the Riviera Maya. In older English-language documents, the city’s name is sometimes spelled "Cancoon," an attempt to convey the sound of the name.
Cancun was founded less than 50 years ago, in the early 70s. A former Mexican president Luis Echeverria started an ambitious project to replicate the success of Acapulco and chose Cancun as the ideal spot to create a world class tourist resort. Its evident why this area was chosen as it has the second largest coral reef in the world, an incredible year round climate and some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. At the time the area had less than 100 inhabitants and no infrastructure. The nearest towns were Valladolid and the Yucatan state capitol of Merida. The name of the uninhabited place was KaanKun, meaning snake’s nest in the Mayan Language, today result as Cancun.
There was nothing other than jungle and mosquitoes at that time. Even a road had to be build through the jungle to be able to reach the eastern part of the Yucatan peninsula. Basic infrastructure was built including a small airport and a number of hotels on what is today known as the Zona Hotelera.
Today, three decades later Cancun has grown into one of the world's greatest and most visited vacation resorts. Especially during the first two decades, the Mexican government pushed the project by investing vast amounts of money into the infrastructure of the area. Today, Cancun has well paved roads, a large international airport, stable water and electricity supply and everything one would expect from a world class resort. The local population is today around the 1 million mark. Today Cancun alone receives more than 5 million visitors a year, a number which increases to 15 million if one includes the Riviera Maya and Cozumel.