For many, Cancun is as synonymous with the inebriated high jinks of college-age “spring break” crowds as Las Vegas, Miami, and South Padre Island. Last week, though, I spent an intoxicating four days sprawling and swooning in the Cancun sun–and I was pleasantly surprised by its mature, relaxed atmosphere.
True, late May/early June isn’t Cancun’s biggest tourist season. Also, I had the pleasure of staying at the luxuriant Ritz-Carlton, which, as the world’s only AAA Triple Five Diamond oceanfront resort, is hardly a hotspot for underage pranksters. And yet, I couldn’t help but feel that this rich, dynamic destination has in many ways outgrown its wild reputation.