We hear it all the time—can you find me a quick and easy getaway to a beach somewhere? Direct flight. Warm. All-inclusive. Well, Cancún definitely checks those boxes. But, you know, there’s more to the Riviera Maya than just beaches and resorts. Check out our three favorite things to do in Cancún!
1. EXPLORE THE RUINS AND CENOTES OF TULUM
Tulum is a small city two hours from Cancún where you will see one of the most picturesque Mayan structures in the whole of Mexico. The archaeological park and its ruins, also known as Tulum, are perched on a clifftop overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Although visiting Tulum is a valuable one-day excursion, you will have a better experience by staying there for one night in order to enjoy the cenotes in the area. These cenotes are natural sinkholes or underground caverns full of fresh water, and they are excellent for diving and snorkeling because of the transparency and purity of the water. You can visit the Dos Ojos Cenote, which offers two separate cenotes that are partially open to the sky, and the Sac Actún Cenote, which is completely enclosed underground.
2. DISCOVER THE HISTORY OF CHICHÉN ITZÁ
Considered one of the seven wonders of the world, the old Mayan city of Chichén Itzá is practically a mandatory stop when you are in Cancún. The historic and cultural site is three hours from the city and you can visit it on an individual or group day excursion. Chichén Itzá is the most popular among the Maya sites in the whole of Mexico thanks to structures like the Kukulkán Temple, the El Caracol observatory and the Sacred Cenote. Although you will see dozens of ancient structures in various states of preservation, remember: this is only a small portion of what archaeologists have discovered to date. Given the large scale of the park, it is recommended that you spend several hours there in order to appreciate its cultural and historical importance.
3. SAIL TO ISLA MUJERES
Another stunning island, although more developed and closer than Holbox, it is still much more peaceful and boasts better beaches than Cancún. You can sail from Cancún’s hotel area on a catamaran or yacht to the island, where you can snorkel in its crystalline waters between the vibrant corals. Isla Mujeres is small enough to be able to explore its few streets by foot, but you can make the most of your time by hiring a bike or golf cart. A visit to the Garrafón Natural Reef Park at the south end of the island is also well worth the effort. There, you will find activities such as kayaking, diving, zip lining and cliff jumping, as well as more tropical beaches. Cancún and the peninsula offer plenty more one-day excursions, but with just these five you will enjoy a trip that includes the region’s most iconic sites.
Ready to head to Cancún? We can get you there. Just drop us a line!