Cancun is a trendy and number one destination for American spring breakers. With all that it offers magnificent things to do, this small town on the Yucatan peninsula will delight everyone! Think crazy parties in broad daylight, tranquil ocean and dreamy beaches, nightlife and the coolest hostels in Mexico. Conquer historic Mayan sites, marvelous hiking trails and… Don’t get me started on the food! We tell you right away what to do in Cancun:
Swimming at the edge of beautiful beaches
Located on the Caribbean coast, the beaches of Yucatan are among the most breathtaking on the planet. Think white sand, palm trees, and crystal sea dotted with shimmering reflections in a thousand shades of blue. All under bright sunshine. The perfect setting for a beach party.
Enjoy spring in the sun
As if you needed another reason to take advantage of your spring break to go to Cancun! Know that the climate is simply perfect from February to May. The region is still in the dry season, and temperatures vary between 22 and 30°C depending on the time of day. Remember to take good protection!
Eat all that delicious food!
Taste Mexican delicacies for a ridiculous price… Street vendors sell generously garnished tacos for only 20 pesos for 3 (around €1). Also try the traditional cochinita pibil (Mayan-style pork) to immerse yourself in Yucatan culture. And don’t forget the hot sauce!
Dive into sublime underwater caves
Visit one of the famous cenotes from Yucatan. The cenotes ? They are actually natural wells, dug on the surface of the Earth – descend or dive straight into pure water and swim among fish while the sun shines on the waterfalls coming from the surface above you… Magic!
Take a day to visit the surrounding towns
The nearby town of Valladolid is characterized by its impressive architecture. The main church was once a temple, until the arrival of the Spaniards in Mexico who dismantled it to build a Catholic church with the recovered materials.
Enjoy one of the many youth hostels
The offer of Cancun hostels is in full expansion, with a new address opening every season. Whatever you need, you’ll find it here, whether it’s a swimming pool, cheap private rooms or a guaranteed party atmosphere. Health !
Cancun is home to a lot of really cool clubs that throw parties like you’ve never seen before. Head to Coco Bongo for an out-of-the-ordinary open bar, with a Cirque du Soleil-style show, where acrobats fly overhead and the troupe dances onstage, while you drink and dance until dawn . You have to see it (and experience it) to believe it.
A night at The City club is a must for any self-respecting traveler. Proclaiming itself as the largest Latin American club in the city, the building can accommodate 6,000 clubbers in three different spaces, and brings in big names. So keep an eye on the line-up and you might be lucky enough to see your favorite DJ on the decks.
Embark on a boozy boat trip
Go on one of its “all you can drink” cruises, destination Isla Mujeres for a day. It’s a small island not far from the coast of Cancun, and where you can spend the afternoon swimming with your snorkel before returning to the boat to party!
Manage in public transport
Ok, that’s super boring, but Cancun’s transportation is really easy, even for the Uber generation. No need for taxis, which is a plus for travelers who have to stick to a budget. You only have to take the bus (R-1) from everywhere in the downtown area to go around the peninsula and go to any beaches or clubs. The price is 12 pesos (60 cents) and you won’t have to wait more than 2 minutes at the stop. It’s really too simple!
Learn about Mayan culture
Book an excursion to visit the historic Mayan sites in the area, such as the famous Kulkulcan Temple at Chichen Itza or, further on the east coast, the ruins of Tulum. Learn how the Mayans calculated and designed their calendar, years before the same discoveries were proclaimed elsewhere in the world.
Sip cheap cocktails at local bars
Tequila! Rumor has it, tequila tastes better in Mexico (even if it’s cheap). At a local bar, a big shot will only cost you 50 pesos (€2.60) and a local beer only 25 pesos (€1.30). Hello!
Escape to the islands
Although the city is beautiful, you can sometimes get tired of Cancun. So escape the frenzied parties to go to a nearby island, like Isla Mujeres, and enjoy a well-deserved moment of relaxation.
Swim with white sharks
Yes really. It is possible in Cancun to share a certain intimacy with these giants of the seas. Meet along the coast of Isla Contoy, located a stone’s throw from Cancun. This is an experience not to be missed… Take the plunge!
Enjoy the sunset
I mean… Can we just look at all those wonderful colors?! I have never seen such an orange sunset.
Between the magnificent beaches and the breathtaking tropical landscape, the best way to appreciate Cancun is to explore it on foot! Perfect for lovers of walking, and even the less athletic will find their hike. Our choice: walk along a beach, listening to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore… Preferably at sunset (with a cold beer in hand).
There you have it – all the best things to do in Cancun. Whether you are a spring breaker looking for an escape or an absolute beach fan looking for some rays of sunshine, you will find what you are looking for in Cancun!
Do not hesitate to leave a comment below if you have other tips and good plans!