I know you will love Cancun! It is a stunning place with a rich history, deep artistic expression, and breathtaking ocean vistas, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. I am sure you will remember forever this experience.
You can expect to encounter both stunning sceneries that can only be referred to as natural wonders and astonishingly well-preserved ruins that give you an insight into Mexican history. I’ve compiled a list of the top best things to do in Cancun to help you choose what to do first. If you prefer, you can skip the text and watch a video at the end.
Visit the Amazing collection of beaches
We should begin with discussing Cancun’s amazing beaches, but since there are so many to choose from in this lovely beachfront Mexican city, I’ll just be showcasing a select number of the best and most family-friendly beaches that are accessible to visitors.
Playa Langosta is one of the area’s most well-known white sand beaches which features stunning ocean views, and shallow seas, ideal for families or people who just want to relax by the beach, and a number of delicious eateries nearby.
Playa El Nio is a fantastic beach in Cancun that is also a terrific place to go swimming or boating. This palm-lined beach is dotted with a ton of floaties sellers, snack cafes, and wonderful seafood restaurants.
Playa Chacmool, our final suggested beach, is a stunning white sand beach with clear turquoise waters and enormous waves that are ideal for any water sports enthusiast. It is the perfect location for surfers.
Spend your days at Dream Vista
This is a beautiful location for couples to stay. It offers visitors a whole tropical experience and is only about 19 km from the Cancun airport and approximately 4 km from Cancun’s distinctive Mercado. Dreams Vista is a stunning all-inclusive resort situated on a sandy beach overlooking the spectacular Caribbean Sea.
With its amazing suite designs, enormous open windows that enable natural sunlight & a refreshing pool breeze, and breathtaking views of the surrounding area, this golf & spa resort is sure to take your breath away. This resort is perfect for families or romantic travelers who want to take advantage of Cancun’s wonderful coastal atmosphere while staying at their hotel.
Go to the Maya ruins at Chichen Itza
A historically significant location that has been remarkably well conserved. You will see prehistoric marvels like step pyramids and statues of Mayan gods at these ruins, which are west of Cancun close to the cultural city of Valladolid.
They are all encircled by the unmatched beauty of the Mexican jungle. It is difficult to admit that these ruins date back to a time as distant as 600 AD because of how well-preserved they are. It takes 3 to 4 hours to go from Cancun to Chichen Itza.
The Temple of Kukulcan (El Castillo), a sizable step pyramid that you have certainly seen in pictures, is the most famous feature of Chichen Itza. The Great Ball Court, El Caracol, and the Temple of Warriors are among the many structures that remain in great shape.
Another one for the history buffs
In the wonderful Museo de Cozumel, which is on an island south of Cancun, you can see numerous relics and significant discoveries that were made in the stunning country of Mexico, including well-preserved ancient Mayan statues and agricultural history items.
This magnificent museum features a great restaurant with seaside views as well as a ton of exhibits and artifacts on show. It is ideal for households or historians with thousands of historical attraction that draws visitors to see historic structures.
Visit the Maya Museum, more than 3200 Mayan antiquities may be found at Cancun, including jade artifacts and prehistoric skeletons. Perfect if you want to learn more about the history of the Yucatan Peninsula.
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The El Rey Archeological Zone is a sizable historical region. It has access to beaches and a sizable iguana population, which attracts visitors who want to take in the area’s abundant wildlife. El Rey is a stunning area in Cancun where you can discover the city’s rich cultural history with ease because of its proximity to other well-known tourist attractions. Excellent for kids and aquatic life enthusiasts.
El Meco Ruins is one of Cancun’s most famous archeological sites, is a modest collection of long-forgotten structures and statues that is situated just north of the city center. These decaying ruins, which the inhabitants of Cancun have taken great care to preserve, are surrounded by tropical trees and palm plants. A truly magnificent place to visit.
Take a stroll in the Jardin Del Arte
Its excellent artwork and wonderful garden setting make it the ideal location to enjoy the weather or take a tranquil stroll among the sculptures. When combined, the numerous works of art and monuments that soar overhead create a great public space that is available to everyone for free enjoyment.
Have you visited an underwater museum? Located halfway between Cancun and Isla Mujeres, advocates for the preservation of both art and aquatic life. There are 500 life-size statues in it. You may see the museum and its artifacts up close if you enjoy scuba diving. Otherwise, take a glass-bottom boat tour of the museum.
Cancun is also the perfect location for parasailing. It is an experience you won’t soon forget because of the stunning water, islands, and city skyline. Many operators mix parasailing with other enjoyable pursuits, such as time spent on a jet ski.
It’s all happening in Isla de Mujeres
Despite being a popular tourist destination, Isla Mujeres has managed to keep a more rural atmosphere than other areas of Cancun. To get on a boat to the island, there is a ferry that travels between Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Beautiful beaches, a turtle sanctuary, and a rehabilitation facility can all be found in Isla de Mujeres.
Tower of Cancun Scenic
Go to Torre Escenica (also known as Cancun Scenic Tower) for one of the best views in Cancun if you aren’t lucky enough to get a high hotel room overlooking the water. You can see the rows of all-inclusive resorts, Cancun, and the Caribbean Coast from its panoramic vistas.
Go for a boat ride
The Maya Riviera and Cancun are best explored by boat. One of the most popular ways to navigate the waters near Cancun and explore some of the smaller islands is by catamaran. One of the nicest times of day to be on the water is just before sunset.
The Great Mayan Reef, one of the world’s biggest reefs, is in Cancun. This reef extends over a thousand kilometers and touches Honduras. Perfect for divers.
Go to Las Palapas National Park
Near Tulum Avenue is a city park called Parque de Las Palapas. Its main plaza is a favorite place for gathering and hosting activities. Sunday is a popular day since El Cristo Rey, the oldest Catholic church in Cancun is situated in the square.
At Park Xcaret
Over 50 natural and cultural attractions may be found in this enormous nature park, which spans 250 acres. For swimming and snorkeling, Xcaret Park offers a variety of pools, including three underground rivers. You may also encounter some wildlife while exploring the park’s jungles.
Have fun swimming in a cenote
A cenote is a type of natural sinkhole that holds water from rivers or the subsurface. In Mayan times, cenotes were used in rituals. Visitors can now experience natural bathing there. 10 kilometers of road and 10 cenotes make up Ruta de Los Cenotes. Cenote Siete Bocas, where seven underground rivers converge, and Cenote Kin Ha, which has deep water and a diving platform, are two of the most popular cenotes to visit.
Coco Bongo for a vibrant nightlife
Cancun is renowned for its nightlife. Even though there are many clubs to go out to, Coco Bongo is a nightclub that features entertainment including acrobats, a light display, and go-go dancers. It has the feel of a circus on steroids and is truly spectacular.
The island of Isla Contoy has been labeled a National Park, and only 200 visitors are permitted daily. More than 170 bird species migrate through the island, making it a bird sanctuary, and its crystal-clear seas are also protected.
What do you think? Did you know these Cancun tourist places to visit already? One last tip: Don’t forget to chat with the locals. You will make friends and they will recommend you fun and interesting attractions unknown to the crowd.