Vacation planning: Where is Cancun
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Latitude = 21° 02' 16" N
Longitude = -086° 52' 09" W
A peninsula is a land mass with water on three sides. Cancun is located on the Yucatan peninsula. The Cancun airport is located on the same LONGITUDE (the east/west location) as Chicago, Illinois; and almost the exact LATITUDE (the north/south location) as Honolulu, Hawaii.
Confused about Latitude and Longitude? Think of the phrase made famous in the Jimmy Buffet song "Changes in LATITUDES, changes in ATTITUDES." (The lower the LATITUDE number, the closer you are to the equator — warm temperatures and a better attitude.)
Where is Cancun?
The largest tourist destination in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula and home to the main airport serving the entire Riviera Maya. Highlights are beautiful beaches and nightlife.
Center of hotel zone: Latitude=21° 08' 08" N. Longitude=86°44' 27" W.
Downtown Cancun bus station: Latitude=21° 09' 52" N. Longitude=86° 39' 46" W.
Where is Isla Mujeres?
A small, quaint, island located only 4 miles (6.4 km) offshore from Cancun.
Isla Mujeres ferry dock: Latitude=21° 15' 17" N. Longitude=86° 44' 46" W.
Where is the Riviera Maya?
Beginning south of Cancun and running for nearly 75 miles (121 km) along the Caribbean coast, this is where you'll find some of the areas most beautiful beaches
Northern point (Moon Palace resort): Latitude=20° 59' 51" N. Longitude=86° 49' 25" W.
Southern point (Sian Ka'an biosphere): Latitude: 20° 07' 41" N. Longitude=87° 27' 56" W).
This is also the location of resort cities like, Puerto Morelos, Akumal, Puerto Aventuras Playa del Carmen, Playacar, and Tulum.
Where is Cozumel?
This island, located 11 miles (17 km) from Playa del Carmen on the mainland is a popular cruise ship port and famous for excellent scuba diving.
Cozumel's main ferry dock: Latitude=20° 30' 40" N. Longitude=86° 56' 59" W.
Where is Playa del Carmen?
A beachfront city located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, it has become a major tourist destination that rivals Cancun. The beautiful beaches are all easily accessible to the public and lined with beach clubs.
Playa del Carmen's main bus station: Latitude=20° 37' 22" N. Longitude=87° 27' 54" W.
Where is Tulum?
The final tourist destination in the Riviera Maya is made up of three parts: The Mayan ruins, the beachfront resort area, and Tulum city, located 2 miles (3.2 km) inland.
Tulum Mayan ruins: Latitude=20° 12' 54" N. Longitude=87° 25' 33" W.
Tulum's main bus station: Latitude=20° 12' 38" N. Longitude=87° 25' 33" W.