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Things To Do in Cancun
On the tip of Mexico’s tropical Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun invites visitors with a 14-mile long strip of powdery white sand beach and more than 70 beachfront resort hotels. Turquoise waters, countless shops and restaurants, many options for recreation and cultural exploration, and a legendary nightlife and party scene draw more than 6 million tourists to Cancun every year.
Cancun is comprised of two distinct districts – Zona Hotelera, the long, narrow barrier island where the beach resorts are located, and El Centro, the more traditional downtown area. The two are separated by a large body of water called Laguna Nichupte. Between the beaches, the lagoon, the bustling downtown area, the offshore islands, and the many interesting features throughout the region, you will find a multitude of captivating things to do in Cancun.
Cancun’s Caribbean waters are perfect for watersports. Try snorkeling and diving on the world’s second largest coral reef. Go for action with parasailing, kiteboarding, jet-skiing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Or get in some saltwater sportfishing. To experience the more authentic Mexican side of Cancun, visit the El Centro downtown area to have lunch at one of the many local food stands while you explore the markets. Or head out of town to discover everything from Mayan archaeological sites to jungle eco-adventure parks and the amazing cenotes where you can swim and snorkel in underground sinkhole pools of crystal-clear fresh water.
Here at Cool Cancun, the only difficulty in arranging your Cancun itinerary is finding a balance between getting in some relaxing beach time and enjoying the many exciting Cancun tours and attractions. Cool Cancun is your guide with hundreds of great ideas for Cancun visitor activities complete with colorful photos and genuine reviews. We are an independent private company not affiliated with any specific tour operator, so we can choose the best things to do in Cancun and offer you secure online booking and ticketing services backed by friendly customer service.
The Cancun coastal region is rich in beautiful and exciting features, so it is easy to combine several Cancun tours and attractions into one day trip. For example, 130 km south of Cancun you can see the 700-year-old ruins at Tulum, the only Mayan city built on the coast. While you are there, swim and snorkel in the blue Caribbean then rinse off in the fresh water of a cenote pool and do some cave exploration.
The possibilities are practically endless. You can explore the jungle roads on ATVs, go zip lining, visit ancient Mayan pyramids and other amazing archaeological sites, snorkel or even scuba dive in cenote pools, and much more. A day trip is the perfect way add fun to your Cancun vacation while learning more about the local culture and taking your Cancun experience beyond the beach hotel zone.
No doubt you will want to get out on the water, and Cancun offers some great aquatic adventures. Snorkel over colorful coral reefs or visit Isla Contoy to swim with the amazing whale sharks that migrate through the area. Sail on a catamaran out to Isla Mujeres and enjoy a day of sun, swimming, and snorkeling capped with a buffet lunch at the island beach club. From the quiet and relaxation of a sail across calm waters to the fast action of a jet ski or flyboard ride, watersports lovers of all types will find plenty of options right here on Cool Cancun.
Recommendations: The Best Things to Do in Cancun
Beyond Cancun’s hotel strip, you will find a wide range of possibilities when it comes to exciting Cancun activities. Take a look at a few of our favorites here:
Action lovers should try a combination tour that begins with a wild ATV ride along the muddy bush roads. Afterwards, riders wash off and beat the heat with a swim in one of the cenotes that played such an important role in Mayan culture. Then a 5-stage zipline circuit through the trees provides high adventure and a new perspective on the jungle scenery. All this activity builds up an appetite, so a nice lunch is provided before you board the bus back to Cancun.
Definitely explore one of the outer islands. Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox are both great spots to visit. Life moves at a slower pace on the islands, and a day of island beach time, water activities, marine life watching, shopping, and dining is a great break from the crowds of mainland Cancun. The boat ride out from the marina in Cancun is fun in itself, with beautiful scenery and the chance to spot birds and sea creatures.
The legendary pyramid of Chichen Itza is a Mayan archaeological site that is absolutely worth taking a full day to visit. Stroll magical Valladolid town and see the famous church and central plaza then take a refreshing swim at Cenote Hubiku. At dusk, the Chichen Itza pyramid lights up with an amazing display of colors and pictures that tell the story of Mayan culture. On the return trip, top off the day with a taste of fine artisanal tequila and pick up a bottle for yourself at the Don Tadeo Tequila Museum.
Browse the pages of Cool Cancun to explore the possibilities, then put together your own ultimate package of Cancun tours, attractions, and activities. Please contact our friendly customer service with your questions, then handle your bookings with confidence via our fully secure online reservation and ticketing system. Get ready to enjoy Cool Cancun!