Cancún on the Coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico21.1N 86.8W
The city of Cancún is visible as a tan area on the coast of Mexico, just to the right of the image center. The city and adjacent island resort area are located in the state of Quintana Roo, in southeastern Mexico, on the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, facing the Caribbean Sea.
It is essentially a service town for the L-shaped resort area of Isla Cancún (Cancún Island), which is 13 miles (21 km) long by 0.25 mile (400 m) wide. The Cancún Island resort area (also called the Zona Hotelera [“Hotel Zone”]) is linked by a causeway to Cancún city. The island, with its skyscraper hotels and sprawling resorts, and the coastal area occupied by Cancún city have abundant white sand beaches.