Rising from pristine, crystal-clear waters, Cancun welcomes visitors from all over the world to the land of the Maya and the Mexican Caribbean.

A combination of fine infrastructure, tourist services and hospitality makes Cancun one of the world’s leading travel destinations.

History tells us that Francisco Hernández de Cordoba discovered Cancun and Isla Mujeres in 1517. In our times, thousands of workers from all over Mexico have labored here since 1971 to make a vision of tourism reality.

Two residential areas on Cancun Island: one looks towards the east and Isla Mujeres and the other to the west and the Nichupte Lagoon. Kukulcan Boulevard and the Pok Ta Pok Golf Course lie between them.

One of the bridges linking Cancun Island with the mainland, better known as Calinda Bridge, until very recently kids used it as a dive platform and fished for barracuda from the sidewalk.

The foundations of Cancun’s first hotel were laid in 1972, two years later, Quintana Roo, the territory where Cancun is located, became Mexico’s youngest state.

Despite rapid urban growth in the area surrounding the Nichupte Lagoon, it is still teeming with life. This beautiful expanse of water is home to a variety of birds, large numbers of fish including bonefish, tarpon and the barracuda, mammals such as the coatimundi and the raccoon, and even crocodiles.

With the lagoon on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other, Cancun is a vast aquatic playground; the perfect spot for a variety of water sports and this is part of its appeal on the world tourism stage.

A tourist can set out from New York and five hours later he can be in the clear waters of the Caribbean, snorkeling among the hundreds of species of marine creatures that dwell on Punta Nizuc reef, meters from his hotel room.

People from all over the world and every corner of Mexico, have chosen to live in Cancun. Others consider Royal Resorts to be their second home.

The Bank of Mexico and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) financed the building of Cancun. The IDB did so, on condition that the project respected the principles of sustainable development and protected the environment.

In 2010, Cancun had a total of 33,573 hotel rooms, of which 42 percent are 5-star, 25 percent deluxe and 33 percent 4-star.

Playa Delfines is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cancun and in the world. From this stretch of shoreline you have a 180° view of the Caribbean, the Hotel Zone and Nichupte Lagoon, hence its other name, El Mirador (the lookout point).

Cancun has approximately 600,000 inhabitants and as tourism is the leading economic activity in the city, all share a mission of welcoming visitors, making sure that they have fun and keeping them safe.

Modern and ancient history side by side in Cancun; El Rey archaeological site, once a village inhabited by the Maya up until the 16th century, lies next to one of the golf courses and in the heart of the Hotel Zone.

El Rey was founded as early as 300 B.C. but reached its peak as a trade center between A.D. 1300 and 1550.

The prevailing wind is from the southeast and stirs the mighty flag of Mexico with the Nichupte Lagoon as a magnificent backdrop.

The hotels are in constant competition; they strive to outdo each other by adopting measures that go beyond those stipulated by governmental quality and hygiene standards, for the benefit of their guests.

Fifty years ago, there were only a few coconut palm plantations along the coast, now 33,573 rooms in 175 hotels welcome three million visitors every year and provide a livelihood for more than 600,000 local inhabitants.

Over time marine life will colonize submerged manmade objects, transforming them into part of their habitat. A breakwater becomes an attraction, both for designers and architects back on dry land, and underwater for divers and snorkelers.

Enjoying the wonders of the Mexican Caribbean can be a high-tech affair. Flying alone or with your partner is a once in a lifetime experience that gives you a glimpse of paradise from the heavens.

Crossing the bay to Cancun’s sister island, Isla Mujeres, is one of the all-time favorite trips. “A voyage through crystal-clear waters is a dream we all share.”

Children must keep their parents under control. Cancun is so much fun that in this local water park adults lose track of everything and become young again!

With so much natural beauty surrounding them, golfers find concentrating on their next stroke quite a challenge, “a game can become a safari.”

Face to face, Cancun’s two reserves: part of the Nichupte Lagoon Mangroves National Park and a stretch of one of the coral reefs in the Marine National Park that comprises the West Coast of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc.

A landscape that is completely flat, stretching as far as the eye can see, no mountains, more than 200 days of sun a year and an average temperature of 30°C, the perfect combination for a feeling of complete freedom in Cancun.

As the sun goes down, Cancun springs to life. More than 300 restaurants serve cuisine from every corner of the world and dozens of bars and discos are packed with singers and dancers. The cool night breeze keeps the party going until dawn.

Punta Cancun, the heart of the Hotel Zone, and the first spectacular glimpse of Mexico’s Caribbean shoreline for thousands of visitors.

Another day in paradise draws to a close. Visitors head for lagoonside restaurants and bars to watch the sunset, reminisce about their experiences and plan the next day’s adventures.