Experience the true meaning of paradise in Mexico’s most popular beach destination – Cancun!
Whether you’re interested in exploring Mayan ruins, snorkeling with turtles in aquamarine waters, or simply lazing by the water, a vacation in Cancun can be as relaxing or adventure-filled as you’d like.
Revel in the powder-white sands of Cancun’s finest beaches, where snorkeling, jet skiing, swimming, kayaking and fishing take center stage. Boasting sublime tropical weather and cooling trade winds year-round, it’s no wonder why Cancun is one of North America’s favorite vacation destinations.
Here’s a roundup of exciting places to see and things to do in Cancun:
The entire Yucatan Peninsula is brimming with stunning remnants of the Mayan civilization, perhaps none more riveting than Chichen Itza. Situated some 120 miles west of Cancun, Chichen Itza is the second-most visited archeological Mayan site in all of Mexico. The Kukulkan Pyramid, standing 24 meters high, was recently named one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You don’t have to be history buff to appreciate this remarkable display of Mayan culture, regarded as Yucatan’s ceremonial center. Tip: Arrive early to beat the tourist crowds and hire an expert guide when touring this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A day trip to the Mayan city of Tulum is a must for any Cancun vacationer. One of the last built and inhabited cities of the Mayan civilization, Tulum is just 80 miles from the resorts and beaches of Cancun. The walled city of Tulum was one of the most important centers of the Mayan culture, and was a major seaport that traded turquoise and jade. Perched on sheer limestone cliffs that overlook the Caribbean, Tulum is the only Mayan city which was built on the coast. Besides trading, the city was a focal point for ceremonial rituals. Tulum was the home for Mayan kings and the cultural elite, and was a sacred place where tribute was paid to the Mayan gods.
Rated one of the best attractions for families and nature lovers, Xcaret Mexico is part archeological park and cultural experience. Featuring its own wild bird aviary, coral reef aquarium and manatee lagoon, this park offers something for everyone! Visitors can snorkel with dolphins, swim in underground rivers, or get up close and personal with resident sea turtles. Water activities include dolphin rides, ocean walks with stingrays, and SNUBA for the whole family. Looking for some cultural entertainment? Check out one of their live performances featuring daredevil human fliers, equestrian traditions and much more. Xcaret Mexico is a short 30-minute drive from Cancun and is easily reached by car, taxi or bus.
Centered around a natural lagoon and inlet, Xel-Ha Park takes the notion of ecotourism to the next level. Located 68 miles south of Cancun, this aquatic theme park is an amazing spot to enjoy snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, SNUBA and other water-based pursuits. The natural open-sea aquarium has garnered praise for its responsible practices, and has even been awarded an EarthCheck Gold certification, due in part to its sustainability programs and dedication to environmental preservation.
Nestled in the jungles of the Yucatan are the Mayan ruins at Coba. A two-hour drive from Cancun, this archeological site dates back to between 600 and 900 A.D. and features one the largest networks of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan civilization. The ruins are dotted with engraved stelae which document ceremonial life as well as significant events. Coba was once the heart of a large metropolis composed of many cities within the eastern Yucatan Peninsula. The towering pyramid of Nohoch Muul offers incredible views of the countryside, and is often climbed by intrepid visitors. Half and full-day tours are available.
Isla Mujeres, Spanish for ‘Island of Women,’ holds a privileged place in Mexican and Mayan history. Located just across the bay from Cancun, this beautiful and tranquil island is renowned for its white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and natural reefs. Travelers can tuck into a meal of fresh seafood, prepared with local and traditional recipes, take a SCUBA diving or snorkeling tour, try their luck fishing, or visit the ancient hatching grounds for giant sea turtles. Isla Mujeres also has several interesting cultural museums and architectural points of interest. Ferries shuttle tourists to the island, where you can get around by golf cart, scooter, or taxi.
Make your dream a reality in Cancun, where you can swim with dolphins in their natural habitat! Xcaret Park and Isla Mujeres are just a couple of sites where you can partake in this amazing encounter with playful marine mammals that may greet you with a handshake or even kiss you on the cheek. This unforgettable activity is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip – especially for the kids!
Cancun may be known for its picturesque beaches and cool day trips, but once the sun dips below the horizon, the fun doesn’t stop. No longer just a Spring Break destination, Cancun nightlife caters to all ages and interests, with chic bars, cigar lounges, dance clubs, shows, live music and much more. Want to experience it all? Book yourself on a bar hopping tour, or pay a visit to the Coco Bongo – rated one of the best dance clubs in Cancun.
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