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Searching for the perfect beach holiday isn't always easy - after all, your idea of an ideal getaway won't necessarily match the views of the majority. That said, there's one destination that's a pretty reliable choice for this kind of break, whatever you're into, and that's Cancun in Mexico.
Holidays in Cancun offer all the essential ingredients for a beach break, and then a few more treats thrown in for good measure. What this means is that it's got something to offer pretty much everyone, whether you want to do nothing but laze around on the beach or you plan to get a bit more adventurous.
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The staple of every good beach holiday has to be great weather. After all, you're not exactly going to sunbathe in the pouring rain and freezing cold, are you? Having a tropical climate, Cancun is one of those magical destinations that stays warm all year round. That said, it's worth bearing in mind that this tropical climate also means there are periods of heavy rain. Generally, the rainy season falls between May and September, but on the whole downpours only occur in the late afternoon and evening, so don't dismiss the idea of travelling then.
Cancun has a pretty strong reputation for its beaches - particularly because it's on the Caribbean Sea. In fact, plenty of people reckon the destination as a whole offers the very best of both Mexico and the Caribbean - and we tend to agree.
The northern beaches are particularly pretty, with their white sand and turquoise water, but there are some great stretches a little further out too. Playa Delfines, for example, is perfect if you're looking for somewhere a bit less crowded (it's the last beach along the main boulevard, you see, so plenty of people don't get that far) and has great views.
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A beach holiday is a great opportunity to give water sports a try - and it's a common feature on people's to-do lists. Fortunately, Cancun is chock full of options, including swimming, sailing and fishing. Where the destination really shines, however, is in scuba diving and snorkelling.
In fact, this is where the Great Mesoamerican Reef lies, which is the second-largest in the world. Dive here and you'll be able to have one of the best diving experiences of your life. Plus, if you'll be diving for the first time, there are plenty of schools to help you learn - or you could just opt to snorkel. Cenote - or sinkhole - diving is what the destination is really famous for, however, so it's worth giving this a go if you can.
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If your idea of the perfect beach getaway means pampering yourself rather than getting active, you'll be pleased to hear there are plenty of spas - so much so that a lot of the hotels here are equipped with them. Good news if you don't fancy going to too much effort to treat yourself!
While you're here, it's worth trying some treatments with a traditional flavour. Mayan massage, for example, involves a soft massage with essential oils, before hot stones are placed on your skin - definitely a good way to relax.
Fancy letting your hair down? If you see your holidays as the time to cut loose, it's always worth checking out the local nightlife before you book. Cancun certainly delivers on this front, with a fairly impressive collection of bars, restaurants and clubs waiting to keep you entertained until the sun comes up.
There are loads to choose from, but in terms of clubs, Dady'O is among the most famous. You'll find it in the centre of the hotel district, blaring out everything from Latin music to trance and hip hop across five floors - all with a faux-cave theme.
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