Welcome to Cancun
Cancun is one of Mexico’s largest and most popular resort destinations, hosting millions of visitors from around the world each year. The beaches, the water, the amenities, and the nightlife are just a few of the things that make Cancun the ultimate Mexican Caribbean destination. With proximity to nearby Mayan cultural centers and offshore islands, there’s a little something for everyone in Cancun.
For more transportation information, check out our Getting Around The Yucatan Guide
1. Take A Day Trip To Chichen Itza
If you’ve never been to a Mayan ruin, why not start with one of the best! Chichen Itza is an epic collection of temples and monuments that are worth the trip to get there. Around a two-hour drive from Cancun, many people combine the adventure with a swim at a cenote on the way back to cool off. You can rent a car and do the drive yourself, but most people book either a private tour guide or take a group tour for simplicity. This also allows you to zonk out in the van on the way back! Note that group tours typically do not include the park entrance fee of $30 USD adult or $5 child.
Don’t mind getting up early? Check out this awesome sunrise tour to Chichen Itza!
2. Visit A Cenote
Talk about healing properties. The cenote choices in the Cancun area are vast and diverse as there are literally dozens of incredible locations nearby. You can swim, scuba dive, snorkel or just walk through one of these breathtaking and powerful forces of nature.
Check out this day tour that visits several cenotes in the Riviera Maya.
For more cenote info and great cenote recommendations, be sure to check out our Ultimate Cenote Guide.
3. Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving
Hire a tour company to jet you around the lagoons or go with a dive shop and see what lies beneath. The Underwater Sculpture Museum at MUSA has become quite a popular attraction in recent years. Over 500 sculptures were built and installed in the blue shallow waters in an attempt to rebuild the reef system. But there are plenty of other diving and snorkeling options as well! Get in the water and explore, a true treasure awaits.
This is one of the more popular snorkeling tours that visits several reefs and a shipwreck not to far from Cancun.
4. Enjoy The Nightlife
You are in the Mexican Caribbean’s party center after all! The northern part of Zona Hotelera is called Punta Cancun and is the nightlife party area with plenty of clubs and tourist bars. Some say the best club to dance and drink the night away is Coco Bongo but don’t let us sway your decision, there are many places to party on offer, mostly in the Zona Hotelera.
5. Take A Sunset Sail
Feeling something a bit more relaxed and maybe even romantic? A sunset sailing cruise is guaranteed to set you at ease. Cancun is known for its incredible sunsets. What better way to wind down and fall softly into relaxation than this? Snacks, drinks, soothing waves, gorgeous sky…if you need anything else you are just being too greedy.
6. Go To A Lucha Libre Show!
Is there anything more uniquely Mexican than a luchador wrestling match?
No, is the answer. These fighters train for years and have mastered the art of entertainment. Go, enjoy, cheer and maybe have a cervesa or a coctel.