Cancun is a favorite Caribbean playground and gateway to the Mundo Maya, or Mayan World, hosting more than 2 million visitors a year. In the beginning, travelers were drawn to its crystal-clear waters and talcum-soft sand, as well as its varied diversions and first-class resort facilities. But soon its proximity to breathtaking Mayan ruins, exotic wildlife, and colonial gems became added attractions. Unique historical sites, magnificent beaches, some of the best snorkeling and diving areas in the world, and tropical flora and fauna, give many visitors an extra dimension to their stay in Cancun. This international hotspot is actually comprised of two distinct areas: the city of Cancun, popular for shopping and dining, but not beaches; and the resort zone, an L-shaped island where the hotels and beaches are sorrounded by the beautiful Nichupte Lagoon.