Destination Guide

Destination: Cancun

Cancun on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula might have the reputation as a party town for college and high-school students on spring break, but there's so much more in this destination. It is Mexico's largest resort region, attracting roughly 3 million tourists annually, so there's an endless parade of entertainment for all ages.

Count golf high on the list.

The El Camaleon at Mayakoba Golf Club, a Greg Norman course from 2005, hosts the PGA Tour annually. Norman's other area course is the Playa Mujeres Golf Club, located within 930 tropical acres of Playa Mujeres Resort.

The Golf Club at the Moon Palace delivers 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus golf where the environment was first priority. In 2008, Nicklaus opened the Riviera Cancun with ocean views on holes 14 and 15.

Many other architects -- Robert Trent Jones Jr. (27 holes and an executive nine at Riviera Maya Golf Club), Robert von Hagge (The Golf Club at Playacar), P.B. Dye (Iberostar Playa Paraíso Golf Club) and Nick Price (Grand Coral Golf Club) -- give golfers choices and variety.

Away from the course, golfers can get pampered at all-inclusive resorts, where guests can revel in the beach, boating, fishing, water sports such as parasailing and water skiing, spa, tennis and more. Every major chain -- Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, Hilton, Iberostar, Dreams, Fairmont, Palace Resorts -- has a presence and their own unique charms.

Touring archaeological sites around Cancun -- try El Rey, Yamil Lu'um, Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba -- remains the No. 1 attraction. The Xel-Ha is a natural aquarium considered the largest aquarium in the world. This water theme park offers swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling and more.

Day trips to Cozumel, Playa del Carmen or the nature reserve of Sian Ka'an are easily doable for adventurous vacationers.

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Courses

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Iberostar Cancun Golf Club
Tee Times
Cancun $92
Grand Coral Riviera Maya Golf Course
Tee Times
Playa del Carmen $59
El Camaleon Golf Club
Tee Times
Playa del Carmen $199
Riviera Cancun Golf & Resorts
Tee Times
Cancun $58
Hard Rock Golf Club Riviera Maya
Tee Times
Playa del Carmen $58
Puerto Cancun Golf Club
Tee Times
Cancún $80
Nicklaus Par Three Experience at Vidanta Riviera Maya
Tee Times
Playa del Carmen $39
Dunes Course at Moon Spa & Golf Club Cancun $160 - $250
Jungle Course at Moon Spa & Golf Club Cancun $160 - $250
El Tinto Golf Course at Cancun Country Club Cancún $70 - $180
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok Cancun $75 - $160
Riviera Maya Golf Club - Championship Course Akumal $130 - $230
Grand Oasis Resort Cancun $20
Riviera Maya Golf Club - Executive Course Akumal N/A
Paradisus Cancun Resort Cancun $25
Cozumel Country Club Cozumel $89 - $149
Playa Mujeres Golf Club Punta Sam $140 - $260
Lakes Course at Moon Spa & Golf Club Cancun $160 - $250
Puerto Aventuras Golf Course Puerto Aventura $44
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