Day Trips in Cancun

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Lying on the beach at a resort is the most popular activity in Cancun. While staying close to your resort is a great way to spend your vacation, consider venturing out on one of these fun day trips. The many wonderful ecological and Mayan historic sights in this area of Mexico make for great day trips from Cancun.


Some people say that the most beautiful beach in the entire country of Mexico is Tulum. This spectacular beach with its warm turquoise waters is only 72 miles south of the resorts in Cancun. It was once a sacred Mayan ceremonial center and a bustling trading port. Those days are long gone but you can still see the historic remains of these bygone times at the Tulum archeological site. Just down the road from Tulum is Xel-Ha where you can find excellent snorkeling and fulfill your dreams of swimming with dolphins.


This ecological/archaeological theme park on the Mayan Riviera is only 35 miles south of Cancun. There are Mayan archaeological sites and excellent specimens of the areas diverse flora and fauna. Both children and adults can enjoy the many water activities here including swimming in an underground river, so bring your swimsuit and a towel. It is easy to spend the entire day here but admission is not cheap; the ticket price for adults is more than fifty dollars. Swimming with dolphins is available but it cost extra. Complimentary biodegradable sun block is available.

Chichen Itza

The area around Cancun is famous for being the home of the mystical Mayan people. Chichen Itza is one of the many historical ruins in the Yucatan and is number two of the most visited archeological sites in Mexico. The highlight of these ancient Mayan ruins is the Kukulkan Pyramid, which was recently made one of the seven new wonders of the world.

Isla Mujeres

Translated into English, Isla Mujeres means the island of women. Here is a day trip that does not require a car. From downtown Cancun enjoy a twenty minute ferry ride to get there or take a guided catamaran tour. The first thing you will notice about Isla Mujeres is the tranquility, especially in comparison to Cancun. There are many waterfront restaurants where you can enjoy the view and the fresh sea air. Snorkeling tours are the most popular activity here and cost around $20 USD. The island is only 5 miles long; you can explore other sites by renting a golf cart. Cruise in your golf cart to the Turtle Farm or Garrafon Park.

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