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things to do in cancun What to do in Cancun Mexico

things to do in cancun What to do in Cancun Mexico


It’s hard to think of Cancun and not imagine a long stretch of landscaped beach at the base of towering luxury resorts.
The #1 activity of vacations in Cancun is usually lots of beach and lazing around, but a whole world of leisure is also waiting to be discovered.

All beaches in Cancun are public, although often reaching the sand often has to be done in a hotel lobby. Playa Delfines is one of the easily accessible public beaches in Cancun and it is also one of the best in Cancun.

The surf can be really rough there, so if you’re traveling with small children, choose one of the beaches on the north coast instead, where the surf is calmer. When it comes to water sports, all the must-haves are available, including kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, and snorkeling.

Cancun has 24 dive sites and numerous dive shops, certified instructors can turn a novice into a pro in no time. For more experienced divers, cave diving in cenotes or freshwater sinkholes that lead into underground rivers is an adventure you will never forget.

cancun mexico islandOne of the newest diving attractions in the area is the Cancun Underwater Museum, which features a selection of sculptural installations in the Cancun Marine National Park. The over 400 life-size works were created by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor. Named The Silent Evolution, the installation represents Taylor’s interpretation of Maya culture and history. Over time, the ecological sculptures will become artificial reefs providing protective spaces for sea creatures to breed. You don’t have to be a diver to experience the Cancun Underwater Museum – divers can also admire the sculptures from the surface.

Those interested in Maya culture will probably want to plan a trip west to Chichén-Itzá, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, or south to ancient sites in Tulum and Coba. Before leaving, take the time to visit a new museum in Cancun, the Mayan Museum, located in the Hotel Zone of Cancun. The museum’s three exhibition halls feature 350 archaeological artifacts that shed light on how the Maya lived.

The nightlife in Cancun is legendary with the best nightclubs near the resorts in the Hotel Zone.

All Cancun golf courses are open for public play. The 27-hole Moon Spa & Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is located south of Cancun’s Hotel Zone. The Cancun Golf Club at Pok-ta-Pok in the Hotel Zone was designed by Robert Trent Jones. This course built in 1976 offers views of the ocean and Mayan ruins. The Hilton Cancun course is also located in the Hotel Zone.

There are two islands off Cancun that have become closely associated with a Cancun vacation.

Isla Holbox is an ecological paradise, especially in the waters surrounding the island. The island is where the Caribbean Sea mixes with the Gulf of Mexico, having nutrient-rich conditions. Sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins and whale sharks thrive off the island. In the summer months it is possible to swim with whale sharks, huge creatures weighing over 15 tons. There is nothing to worry about as whale sharks are docile and feed on plankton. Isla Holbox is also a haven for birds, such as scarlet ibises, flamingos, beaked herons and migrating white and brown pelicans. The island is a particularly good choice for those looking to disappear for a while in a natural and peaceful setting. There are several charming hotels on the island, such as the CasaSandra and Villa Flamingos. Both properties are perfect for a getaway to Isla Holbox.

Isla Mujeres, or Woman’s Island, received its colorful name from its pirate past, when adventurers reunited with their wives on the island after sailing the sea in search of booty. Today, the island is a respite from the nonstop pace of Cancun.
Isla Mujeres is accessible from the mainland via a 35-minute ferry ride. The island’s main town has a laid-back vibe with lots of cafes and shops. The usual way to get around is to rent a bike and explore.
There are a number of hotels on the island, some are full resorts while others are more modest boutique properties.

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