Vintage 70s Cancún Destination T-shirt, 100% Cotton, Single Stitch t-shirt. The name Cancún first appears on 18th-century maps. In older English-language documents, the city's name is sometimes spelled Cancoon, an attempt to convey the sound of the name.
Cancún is derived from the Mayan name kàan kun, composed of kàan 'snake' and the verb kum ~ kun 'to swell, overfill'. Two translations have been suggested: the first is 'nest of snakes' and the second, less accepted one is 'place of the golden snake'.Snake iconography was prevalent at the pre-Columbian site of Nizuc.