Things to do in Cancun

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Whether you're planning a family vacation, romantic getaway, or college spring break trip, Cancun, Mexico is a paradise destination. In this tropical utopia, you’ll find things to do that suit every interest and budget! 


One of the main reasons for visiting Cancun is to relax on their world-famous white sand beaches. The water is crystal clear, turquoise blue, and as warm as bathwater for most of the year.

For a family-friendly beach, head to Playa Caracol, where the water is always calm. When the family gets too hot or hungry to carry on, a bevy of shops and restaurants can be found at Mayfair Plaza, just a short walk from the beach.

For breathtaking views and a more peaceful atmosphere than Playa Caracol, go to Playa Delfines. Couples hoping for some isolation from tourists and families will enjoy this tranquil beach. Located on the east side of Cancun, Playa Delfines is semi-secluded, which makes it perfect for lounging and sunbathing.

In contrast, Playa las Perlas is the ideal beach for people interested in being active. There are options here for a variety of interests. In addition to water sports, there are numerous shops and restaurants lining the beach. There is also a ferry that shuttles visitors to Isla Mujeres, a quaint island perfect for a day trip. Perfect for active couples, college kids, and families with teens, this beach has it all. 

Water Sports and Activities

Step onto the white sands of nearly any beach in Cancun, and you will be inundated with offers for deals on a plethora of water sports. If you’re on the hunt for a bargain, you can always take your time and walk the beach to find the best deals. Take note: negotiating is always an option. A good rule of thumb is, unless you set up a reservation through your hotel, you should never accept a first offer. Some of the most popular water sports and activities famous in Cancun include:

  • ATV Tours through Dunes
  • Banana Boats
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Glass-Bottom Boat Tours
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding on the Beach
  • Kayaking
  • Mexican Fiestas
  • Parasailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Sightseeing Tours
  • Snorkeling
  • Sunset Dinner Cruises
  • Swimming with Dolphins
  • Wave Runners
  • Whale Watching
  • Zip Lines


Cancun is an island rich in culture and Mayan history. In addition to being a tropical paradise, it is also a destination suitable for those looking to explore an ancient civilization. One of the most famous must-see sites include the walled city of Tulum, nestled 80 miles south of Cancun on a steep cliff bordered by the sea. Another site that should not be missed is the city of Chichen Itza, which boasts the famous Pyramid of Kukulcan. This structure is notorious for its four broad, steep staircases and its association with the Mayan calendar. Also, a visit to the ancient Mayan city of Coba should not be passed up while visiting Cancun. Its ruins are settled in lush foliage near tropical lagoons. Be sure to check for cultural tours offered by professional tour guides, and a chance to visit more than one site in a day.

Cancun is a euphoric land of adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty. With its vast array of activities, shopping, dining, and nightlife, it’s an ideal destination for anyone looking to get away from it all.

March 16, 2010 new by kellercr

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