Cancun is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and it is considered a paradise with gorgeous beaches, coral reef, water sports and plenty of party opportunities. However, Cancun is not all about the fun but also about discovering the experience of the old Mayan archeological sites, stunning natural wonders, remarkable theme parks and unique adventures. So, if you are looking for a place with great weather, pumping nightlife, many accommodation options and some of the coolest activities in Mexico, Cancun is where you want to be. Take a look at our list of 8 of the most exciting things you can do in Cancun.
Visit Sian Ka’an, the largest nature preserve that shelters hundreds of animal and bird species as well as stunning landscapes. You can kayak through the wetlands, walk along the forest, visit crystal clear lagoons where you might spot egrets, sea turtles, tropical fish and crocodiles, or go snorkeling. There are also more than 20 archeological sites located on the preserve so you’ll have a guaranteed fun-day.
Go to Xel-Ha, an ecological theme park where you can have thrilling adventures like swimming with dolphins of cliff-diving. You can even walk along jungle trails and wander through the tropical gardens, feed fish from a bridge and visit a sacred Mayan well.
Xcaret Park is located in a beautiful setting and it even encompasses an underground river, beaches, a coral reef aquarium and several Mayan sites. Apart from the usual activities of swimming with dolphins or snorkeling, visitors can go on a safari around an island full of jaguars, walk through a butterfly pavilion, explore a bat cave and watch a pre-Hispanic ball game. Pretty fun if you ask me.
Cozumel is perhaps the most popular island in Cancun with miles of beaches, crystal clear waters and coral reefs. It is also considered to be Mexico’s best place for diving and snorkeling, so you should make sure to book a day to go there. Additional to the water-fun activities Cozumel also offers several interesting archeological sites like San Gervaso and El Caracol.
Holbox Whale Shark Snorkeling is one of the rare opportunities tourist can experience while in Cancun. The whale sharks are the largest species of fish and between the months of May and September the waters along Yucatan attract a large population of whales searching for fish eggs and plankton.
Tulum is also a very popular excursion for both its historic importance and as one of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches. The Mayan ruins of Tulum were once an important trading and ceremonial center and are perched on a cliff overlooking the picturesque beaches so it’s definitely worth a look.
Isla Mujeres is a small island of only about five miles with white sands and shallow waters, perfect for relaxation, swimming and snorkeling. The turtle farm is perhaps the most important attraction of the island but visitors will also enjoy exploring the Mayan ruins at Punta Sura, as well as the 19th century Hacienda Mundaca built by a Caribbean pirate.
Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s most visited attractions and your trip to Cancun will not be complete without seeing this historic site. Dating back to 750-1200 AD, Chichen Itza served as a major religious center which was also used for politics and commerce. Around the area you will also find El Castillo, a very significant structure dedicated to the Plumed Serpent god and the Temple of Warriors, the Great Ballcourt, the Wall of Skulls, the observatory and the Sacred Cenote.