What's New in Cancun for 2016?

Mexico's popular destination continues to expand.

If you haven't planned a vacation to Cancun in the past year, you might want to rethink your plans. The sun-soaked Mexican getaway had a record 5 million visitors in 2015 and those numbers are expected to grow in 2016, according to tour operators and hoteliers.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Courtesy Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Though the destination's beaches and bars are always a major attraction, Cancun is celebrating the opening of a number of new attractions, as well as an expansion of the international airport. Take a look at what's new in Cancun for 2016:

Hyatt's second all-inclusive Cancun property, Hyatt Ziva, opened in January. The beachfront, luxury property is a family-friendly escape with white sand beaches, 3 infinity pools, and suites with balconies and ocean views. While little ones play at the KidZ Club, grownups can relax, lounging in a beach cabana, swimming in the Caribbean Sea, or booking a spa treatment. Guests can dine at 8 restaurants and 3 lounges, or enjoy drinks from the on-site microbrewery and tequila bar. For dessert, kids love the sweet shop's pastries and decadent chocolate fountains.

Cancun Wax Museum

Courtesy Cancun Wax Museum

Cancun's first wax museum opened in January, and features 23 rooms filled with the likenesses of more than 100 characters -- from historic figures and movies stars, to sports legends and rock stars. You'll rub elbows and snap photos alongside the likes of Albert Einstein, Lionel Messi, Marilyn Monroe and the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis.

Jazz U Festival, Cancun

Courtesy Oasis Hotels

Oasis Hotels & Resorts hosts the Oasis Jazz U Festival in May 2016. The 2-day event features artists like Los Músicós de Jose, Tower of Power, and Grammy Award-winning musician, Chaka Khan.

Xcaret Park already enjoyed its reputation as one of Cancun's most popular attractions. Now, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the amusement park is opening Xenses in June 2016. This $20 million extension of the original park will offer full- and half-day experiences that play with visitors' senses. Olfactory, auditory and tactile experiences with visual effects will include water circuits, zip lines, 3D movies and artificial pools.

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