On October 21, 2005, Cancun was struck by Hurricane Wilma, the most intense Atlantic storm on record. However, after little more than a year, Cancun has emerged as an even more enticing destination. With over $1.5 billion committed to the citywide rebuilding effort, resorts have not only repaired their structures, but have improved upon pre-storm conditions. Nearly all of the city’s restaurants and bars have reopened, many with sparkling new additions and renovations. However, Cancun isn’t finished. Many more improvements will be completed early this season, guaranteeing that this could be the best year ever to visit beautiful Cancun.
Perhaps the best upgrades in Cancun were performed on the world-famous beaches. Known for their wide stretches of white powder sand, Cancun’s beaches were reduced to rocks by Wilma’s storm surge. Yet, because of eroding beachfronts throughout the world, the technology of beach reclamation has grown by leaps and bounds. Belgian firm, Jan de Nul, used their latest innovations to extract 96 million cubic feet of pristine sand from the waters off the Mexican coast. After the sand was transported by a pair of vessels back to shore, giant pipes succeeded in reforming up to a half mile of beach per week.
Yet, Cancun didn’t settle for a copy of the old beaches. According to Cancun’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, “The white beaches are what Cancun is all about. So we wanted to make sure we were getting that same silky sand that people love and a lot more of it than before.” In fact, the new beaches of Cancun average 140 feet in width, double the 70 foot width visitors were accustomed to not long ago. This sizable upgrade means not only will the beaches of Cancun look better than ever before, but visitors will have much more room to play or relax in the sun.
Cancun’s finest resorts certainly didn’t spare any expense during the reconstruction either. In addition to necessary repairs and upgrades required as a result of the storm, tourists will also recognize a familiar lack of trash cans and litteredleys in and around the city. Prior to the storm, trash cans were eliminated because they were a health hazard. Now, thanks to beachrito, tourists are greeted with an area that looks like it’s been plunked down on the beach much like a real beach would be. However, the manmade is actually covering an area much like the one Cancun’s Vacation Homes with Work from Home Ergonomics were shown.
Longtime residents of the area – who affectionately call themselves “bacalians” – also welcomed the presence of the new condos. Despite knowing full well the damage caused by Wilma’s storm, they welcomed the chance to finally have a place to call “home” after more than a dozen hurricanes have battered the island over the past 50 years.
The quiet Mexican side of Cancun, located a half-mile away from the Caribbean Sea, seems much like it did before the storms. Unlike the noisy, high-rises of Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach, Cancun has maintained its primacy as a Mexican beach resort. Not only is it the third-largest city in the country, it’s also one of the most loved.
Many travellers back home in the US and beyond choose Cancun for vacations, mainly because it’s affordable, safe, and well-maintained. However, despite its many charms, it’s certainly best known for its jaw-dropping casinos. Resorts and Casinos in Cancun and surrounding areas are a huge tourist draw, but it’s important not to glamorize such businesses too much. When visiting Cancun, it’s important to remember that this is a major tourist town, with amopolitan pulse. Its primary draw is its beaches and resorts, but visitors shouldn’t forget that it’s also a great place for a shopping spree.
The beach is certainly the regions primary attraction. As one of the world’s longest continuous stretches of sandy shore, Cancun’s coastline never lacks for offerings. Facilities for tourists are throughout the coast, but locals and travellers alike enjoy a special relationship with the beaches of the city. In fact, fascinating activities abound all along the city’s fascinating coastline, in areas such as Playa Paraiso en La Isla. exploring odd assortment of shops and quaint restaurants in Tagaytay, and watching the serpentine movement of the tide in Rincon, are just two of many unique experiences that only the beaches of Cancun have to offer.
Moreover, the city is architecturally impressive and immaculately maintained. The world-class architecture of the city is intertwined with its history, making the locale a truly valuable place to visit.