Years ago the Mexican government launched a program to highlight towns in the country that have cultural, historical, or natural significance. The idea is to give these towns resources to draw tourism to them, and last year, Mexico launched another program.
This program, called the Magical Neighborhoods program, highlights individual areas, or neighborhoods, of towns and cities in Mexico. And now, the Puerto Juarez area in Cancun could be the vacation destination’s first Magical Neighborhood.
Puerto Juarez, Cancun, Mexico
Puerto Juarez is a neighborhood in Cancun that is just over a mile from the center of the city.
It’s one of the places from which ferries depart to the island of Isla Mujeres, and it also has a marina.
There is a bar in the area, a couple of restaurants, and a number of houses that will be painted to improve the image of the area as it seeks to become a Magical Neighborhood.
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Why Puerto Juarez Could Be A Magical Neighborhood
Puerto Juarez is where the population of the area mostly resided before there was a Cancun, or even the state of Quintana Roo.
It remained a completely different entity from Cancun until 1990, even though Cancun became a city in 1970.
It is a historic area surrounded by beautiful beaches and the sparkling turquoise Caribbean Sea.
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The Magical Neighborhood Program
The countrywide Magical Neighborhood program was launched last year, but there were Magical Neighborhoods designated in Mexico City long before that.
This program seeks to identify specific neighborhoods in Mexican cities that are special in some way.
It could be an interesting history, beautiful natural surroundings, cultural significance, or some sort of unique charm that makes these neighborhoods places that tourists want to visit.
Things To Do In Puerto Juarez
Activities in Puerto Juarez revolve around the sea, with a marina offering tours and a ferry dock that takes tourists to Isla Mujeres, which is a Magic Town, incidentally.
There are also a number of fantastic waterfront restaurants in the area, many of which are serving up fresh seafood and Mexican classics.
Being so close to Cancun’s famous Hotel Zone, there is plenty to do near Puerto Juarez too.
Where To Stay Near Puerto Juarez
There are endless places to stay in Cancun, and many of them are close to Puerto Juarez, but if you want to be really close, there are a few within just steps from the location.
One, Dreams Vista Cancun Golf & Spa Resort, is a luxury, highly-rated all-inclusive that will cost more than $500 a night this winter but is well worth it.
There are also a number of vacation rentals in the area, as well as some other smaller hotel properties.
Magical Neighborhoods Vs. Magic Towns
In addition to Magical Neighborhoods, Mexico also designates Magic Towns, a program that was launched in 2001.
These are entire towns, often lesser-known or more rural in location, that the program deems to have something to offer for tourists.
Like Magical Neighborhoods, the concept behind the Magic Town program is to promote tourism in certain areas other than the super popular, well-known neighborhoods and vacation destinations in Mexico.
What To See When Staying In Puerto Juarez
Staying in the Puerto Juarez Area will give you easy access to Isla Mujeres, an island paradise well worth visiting.
But there is no need to limit yourself to this small area of Cancun because there is plenty to do.
Mayan ruins, cenotes, beaches, and more await visitors to this magical slice of Mexican Caribbean paradise.
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