It is the fine white sand and warm turquoise waters that have made Cancun a beach lover's paradise. Mexico strictly forbids the removal of any organic materials a beachcomber might want to collect, but visitors are free to stroll the 14-mile stretch of beach that wraps around the entire hotel zone. In Cancun, playas are always the perfect place for relaxation, water activities, and people watching. With over 250 days of sunshine each year, the best advice of course is to remember your sunblock.In keeping with the tastes and trends of the luxury traveler, Cancun has been steadily expanding its offerings of golf courses. Nine courses are now in the area, including those by famous designers such as Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones. Similarly, full-service spas - offering an array of body, skin care, and therapeutic massage services, plus steam, sauna and relaxation areas - are now available in many of the resorts.Often called the gateway to the Mayan world, Cancun is an easy base from which to explore Maya sites such as Tulum and Chichen Itza by day trip. At the southern end of the hotel zone, Ruinas del Rey is Cancun's largest historical Mayan site. Ecological parks and outdoor adventures like zip lines and ATV tours are also available in the area. Historic or modern, relaxing or adventurous, Cancun offers something for everybody.| Ceiba Del Mar Beach Resort & Spa Paraiso De La BonitaThese two beautiful resorts straddle the line of demarcation between Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Both are located beachfront along the quite Yucatan mainland, near the town of Puerto Morelos.|
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| ### CozumelKnown for its natural beauty and relaxed pace, Cozumel has long been attracting visitors in search of something a little different. Its serene beaches, rich tropical reefs, and ancient Mayan sites have not disappointed.Boasting one of the world's largest chains of coral reefs in the world, Cozumel is among the world's greatest destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling. Strap on some fins to get an up-close look at the wide array of plant and animal life beneath the sea, including more than 500 species of fish. Twist and turn through the underwater caves and tunnels, or dip far below sea level with one of Cozumel's glorious dropoffs. The waters of Castillo Real are a must-see for dive enthusiasts, as they harbor several shipwrecks. Drift diving at Columbia Shallows is another unique scuba experience. Those new to snorkeling will enjoy the guided tour through the Chankanaab Lagoon, while sports fishermen (and fisherwomen) will enjoy a wrestle with a prized billfish in the offshore waters.