Cancun, Q.R. – Thousands of families took to the beaches on Christmas day to celebrate among the sand and turquoise water.
Since many families celebrate Christmas at midnight on the 24th, most restaurants were open on Christmas day offering up full menus of local cuisine such as rosemary fish, baked pig and even pasta dishes as well as an endless supply of seasonal sweet deserts.
At around noon, crowds began descending to beach areas where they spent the day feasting and celebrating under Mexico’s sunny rays. On Christmas, daytime temperatures hovered around 26C (78F), making it ideal for swimming, sunbathing and cold refreshments.
Boulevard Kukulcan in the Cancun Hotel Zone was quiet with manageable traffic as families headed to the parking lots of the 11 public beach access points. By mid-day, tourism along the beaches was in full swing as thousands of hotel guests made their way toward the sand.
The busiest beach area in the Cancun Hotel Zone was reportedly Playa Delfines. Guests began arriving at Playa Delfines in the early morning hours and by noon, the beach was a mixture of sunbathing tourists and local families celebrating the holiday season. Thousands of locals also took to other beaches including Tortugas, Gaviota Azul and el Niño, all of which are popular with Mexican families.
Hotel swimming pools were also noted as being fully occupied by guests who simply preferred to spend Christmas day lounging by the pool while being tended to by hotel staff. Hotels in Cancun and along the Riviera Maya are operating at full capacity.