Cancun, Mexico, perhaps best known for its Mayan ruins, amazing tropical beaches and wild night life, is also home to several world class professional golf courses designed by some of the top golf architects in the world. It is truly a locale that offers something for everyone, including friends and families of golf aficionados. So pack your bags for a Cancun golf vacation, and while the avid golfers hit the greens, the others in the group can take in everything else this destination is noted for.
Golfers will find no less than three Jack Nicklaus golf academies, including El Manglar, Moon Palace Golf Resort, and Riviera Cancun. While the pros in your group can play the professional level course, newbies can learn the game from the ground up, and hackers will find experts who can help them hone in on problem areas in their game. So, rather than dread yet another “golf vacation,” why not spend some time learning to enjoy the game while you’re visiting a paradise unlike any other? Cancun is not called the Mexican Riviera for nothing.
Cancun also is home to two 18 hole professional championship golf courses. The pro golfers in your group can choose between Pok-Ta-Pok located along the coast of the Caribbean or Laguna Nichupté, the Hilton Cancun Golf Club course that hugs the shores of Laguna Nichupté near the El Rey ruins. This resort is rumored to have resident alligators in one of the water hazards, so players beware.
For those seeking something even more unusual, how about golf in the jungle? The Playacar course, located just 50 miles down the coast near Playa del Carmen is carved into a Mayan Jungle. It features incredible natural vegetation and several natural lakes being used as water hazards.
This is a 7,202 yard course which was designed by Robert Von Hagge.
Of course, in every family and group, there will be those who have no interest in golf. Never fear, Cancun golf resorts have you covered offering every amenity any traveler could imagine. For sheer relaxation, one never need leave the resort. You can enjoy a variety of onsite spa treatments, huge refreshing pools with swim up snack counters and bars, fine dining, and of course, lavish scenery and grounds. But, if you prefer to venture out, the year round balmy weather is perfect for enjoying the beaches.
Because many of these resorts are located on the beaches you may want to take in some sunshine on the white sands where you are only steps from surfing, snorkeling or scuba diving in the crystal clear waters among the barrier reefs. As with golf, there are a plethora of packages available if training is required to partake in these activities. For the more adventurous in the group, Cancun offers para-sailing, exploration of underwater caves, and even night diving among the reefs.
Of course, Cancun is also known for its night life which gets into full swing as soon as the sun sets every night.
In addition to some amazing and unusual night clubs, many restaurants also offer live music. But once the group is well fed, visitors should take in the “super” night clubs that attract tourists from around the world. These clubs stay open ’til 6am, so be sure to grab a nap after golf or whatever activity you’ve been enjoying during the day so you can salsa and party with travelers from around the world all night long.