Cancun, Mexico is one of the most well-loved vacation destinations in the world. With gorgeous sunny beaches, hidden swimming holes, and a lively nightlife scene – among other things – it’s no mystery as to why. Here are 6 memorable and fun things to do on your next trip there!
1. Stay At An All-Inclusive Resort
One of Cancun’s most-loved reasons for visiting is its high-quality, dreamy, all-inclusive resorts. These resorts are great because you don’t even have to leave the property to experience everything Cancun has to offer – sun, beaches, fantastic shows, fine dining, and so on. This is a great plus for those visiting for the first time that isn’t familiar with the area, as well as those wanting to keep their travel plans straightforward. For some specific suggestions, you’ll want to check out Excellence Playa Mujeres, sometimes known as “the jewel of Cancun” as well as Moon Palace Cancun, which offers amenities for guests of all ages.
2. Enjoy The Beaches
Cancun is world-famous for its gorgeous beaches, and you should make sure to plan on visiting at least one on your trip. With tons of sun and crystal clear blue waters, you definitely will not regret it. Consider heading to Playa Chac Mool if you’re looking to go for a swim – the waters are often calmer than they are at some of the other beaches. If you’re looking for a beach nearby other attractions, you’ll want to check out Playa Forum, located near the hotel zone.
3. Explore Ancient Ruins
Here’s one of the adventurers out there! Chichen Itza is considered one of the 7 wonders of the world. A couple hours outside the city, it’s perfect for a day trip in addition to your activities in the city. This ancient Mayan city was once a bustling architectural masterpiece. Now long empty, you can still explore the awe-inspiring ruins of what was once there. One of the more well-known ruins is the El Castillo pyramid, which looms over the other buildings in the city. While amenities offered while exploring the ruins are pretty minimal, there is a restaurant at the archeological site at the ruins.
4. Go Swimming In A Cenote
Cancun is home to some of the best natural swimming pools – or cenotes – in the world. Formed when underground caves collapse, these pools offer a refreshing and unique experience. Some specific ones you’ll want to check out: Ruta De Los Cenotes (30 minutes from Cancun) and Gran Cenote (1 hour from Cancun. As for accessing the cenotes and amenities, this varies from location to location. The majority are pretty rustic, though a fee, including Cenote Zacil Ha, also have regular swimming pools and a small restaurant nearby. The majority also have some form of entry, typically ranging from 80 to 300 pesos.
5. Explore An Underwater Museum
The Cancun Underwater Museum of Art is a truly one-of-a-kind, memorable attraction located just off the coast of the city. It consists of over 200 sculptures on the ocean floor. One of the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, The Cancun Underwater Museum of Art is also uniquely accessible. Ways to experience it include via glass-bottom boat, snorkeling, and scuba diving. This range of ways to take in the sculptures means that all kinds of visitors can enjoy the sculpture gardens, even if they’re not experienced or certified in scuba diving. You can book a tour online at their official website.
6. Check Out Mercado 28
Mercado 28 is the perfect chance to enjoy some local authenticity on your trip. This large and lively flea market offers a wide variety of wares as well as food. You can look forward to checking out one of the food stalls to grab bite to eat while experiencing some of the local cuisine. You’ll also want to spend some time exploring the various vendors offering souvenirs, decor, apparel, and so much more. The sheer number of vendors alone makes Mercado 28 worth the visit – you could easily spend a couple of hours just exploring all of the stalls, let alone actually purchasing items.
7. Go Clubbing
Cancun is also home to a lively nightlife scene – so lively that the party can go on until 5 or 6 a.m. in the morning. If you enjoy clubbing back home, you definitely won’t want to miss checking out the clubs in Cancun. Some of the most well-known clubs include Coco Bongo Cancun, The City, and Senor Frogs. While all three promise a fun night out, they also all have their own unique draw. Coco Bongo, for example, is known for its thrilling live entertainment, which frequently includes acrobats.
8. Zipline Through The Jungle
Here’s an option for those looking for a fun experience – as well as the more adventurous out there. Far from the simple zip-lines, you might find at a summer camp, Cancun is actually known for its zip-lining experiences. Xplore Adventure Park, for example, has two zip lines with seven different routes, as well as various other experiences including riding ATVs or swimming in cenotes.
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