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Welcome to Cancun

Cancun is more than a party destination with luxury hotels (though a good one at that). It is the Yucatán Peninsula's gateway to a world of jungle-clad Mayan pyramids, the crystal caves of Rio Secreto, and a scuba paradise off Isla Mujeres. Days can be spent lounging next to Caribbean waters with margarita in hand, or exploring the nearby jungles and cenotes. Make time to visit Chichen Itza or the Tulum ruins—both places you can go for guided morning explorations before the grounds open to the general public. For something different in Mexico's most popular beach destination, spend an afternoon in a downtown plaza, or venture out for dinner and a Cirque du Soleil show in the heart of Riveria Maya.

Top 10 attractions in Cancun



One of the best preserved Mayan sites, Tulum is a must-see attraction on the coast of the Yucatan. Tulum, the Walled City, is mounted high on the edge of a cliff, towering above the Caribbean Sea and a beautiful white sandy beach. It was only inhabited by the nobles, high priests and esteemed citizens, whereas the lower classes lived in simple wood and thatch huts beyond. The ruins here are truly spectacular, especially Tulum's main temple, dedicated to the Diving God.More

Chichen Itza

The most important archaeological zone of the Yucatan and ancient capital of the Mayan Empire, Chichen Itza can be reached from several cities in Mexico. The ruins are best explored on a full day guided tour where you can learn why the site has been designated one of the modern wonders of the world. Even visit the Sacred Cenote, where human sacrifices took place to please the gods. Chichen Itza's extraordinary architectural beauty and fascinating history are sure to leave you in awe!More


A theme park that can be equaled to Mexico's "ecopark" version of Disneyland, Xcaret has natural and cultural attractions for visitors to the Riviera Maya region. The river that flows through the Mayan ruins and the subterranean river in Xcaret park offer swimming and snorkeling, coral reef diving, and dolphin encounters. See the turtle nesting site, manatees, butterfly pavilion, bat cave, island of jaguars, and the orchid greenhouse among many sites that make up the diverse ecopark.More

Playa Norte (North Beach)

Playa Norte (North Beach) is a gorgeous, relaxing beach located on Isla Mujeres, a small island off the Yucatan Peninsula. Isla Mujeres means the “Island of Women,” but both women and men will love lounging at Playa Norte. Known for its many palm trees and white sand beach, Playa Norte stretches along the northern end of Isla Mujeres, where beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rental. Though its water is shallow, swimmers need to be aware that there can sometimes be a strong undertow; swim with caution. Experienced swimmers and snorkelers will enjoy paddling around to see the underwater sea life, and onsite shops have snorkeling gear to rent along with kayaks and stand up paddle boards. In addition to water activities, Playa Norte is also home to a slew of fun beach bars and restaurants. Take a minute away from the beach for a tropical drink or some fresh seafood.More

CoCo Bongo Cancun

Party the night away in a disco ambiance with song and dance shows performing into the early hours of the morning at CoCo Bongo. The performances highlight music from big-name artists like Rihanna and Elvis, and you’ll also see impressive acrobatics as performers fly through the air dangling from a long rope of fabric, flip through large hoops and more. CoCo Bongo has an energetic vibe that will get you dancing along to every performance.More

Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (Museo Subacuático de Arte)

Helping to define Cancun as more than just a tourism spot for dedicated beach lovers, the Cancun Underwater Museum is an attraction unlike any other in the world. While almost all of us have, invariably, at one point or another, been to a museum, few if any of us have been to an underwater museum. Until now, that is. Essentially a bountiful series of sunken sculptures, the Cancun Underwater Museum is an ongoing project aimed at inspiring a love of art as well as Cancun’s magnificent coral reefs. Soon over 400 original sculptures will lie between depths of 9 to 20 feet, and so make for excellent viewing when either snorkeling or diving. How does something this wonderful and unique come about? By simple artistic inspiration. Jason deCaires Taylor was the artistic brains behind the operation, and people have responded well to the idea.More


Xel-Há Park is a large aquatic theme park south of Cancún with 22 acres (8.9 hectares) of lagoons and underwater caves for swimming and snorkeling. Named after the Mayan archeological site of Xelha, the theme park offers a variety of land and water activities and ecological attractions. Keep busy by swimming with dolphins, kayaking, crossing the Floating Bridge or diving off the Cliffs of Courage. More daring visitors will want to try Trepachanga, where crossing the rope-joined platforms is a feat of balance and strength to avoid plunging into the water below. The park uses admission fees to fund conservation efforts. Getting around Xel-Há is easy with the jungle train, and bikes are also popular to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.More

Xoximilco Cancun

Cancun’s best, most festive and most authentic fiesta tradition, Xoximilco, is an eponymous throwback and homage to the floating gardens and canals of Mexico City’s famous neighbor-hood Xochimilco. Xochimilco means “field of flowers,”and this Cancun attraction brings all the beauty and splendor of the floating gardens of Mexico City to the tropical paradise of Cancun. Today, a visit to Xoximilco entices guests with Central American traditions like floating flower-strung boats, live music serenades and some of the best food in Cancun.More

Captain Hook Cancun

There are dozens of ways to see Cancun but one of the most entertaining is aboard the Captain Hook Pirate Ship. Spend an evening enjoying dinner served by salty sea men followed by dancing on the deck and an all-night open bar. The cannon’s fire signals the departure of this famous ship. As the night progresses visitors can enjoy tales from the high sea, as well as a live enemy attack complete with swords and pistols. A ride aboard the Captain Hook Pirate Ship is the perfect way to experience life on the sea without the fear of being forced to walk the plank.More

La Isla Shopping Village

Set along Nichupte Lagoon in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, La Isla Shopping Village is lined with boutique shops, waterfront dining, and luxury shopping. Stroll along the winding canals—which create a Venice-like atmosphere—sip cocktails in classy courtyards, and purchase souvenirs.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cancun

Not an expert birder? No problem!
Donna, Jan. 2021
Birdwatching Cancun
Carlos and Miguel are experts and spotted 37 species of gorgeous birds for us to see in just a couple hours.
Ten stars!
Amy_W, Jan. 2021
Private Transfer From Cancun Airport
Driver was super friendly, spoke great English, and had a great sense of humor.
Perfect and pleasant
Ryan_H, Dec. 2020
Cancun Airport Round-Trip Transfer
Very friendly and spoke great English.
Great Food Experience!
Abdul_S, Dec. 2020
Sea Food Experience
This is one of the activities that I really enjoyed in Cancun.
Great experience!
Sizue_R, Feb. 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour
The group was a mix of spanish/english speaking people and wow I don’t know how he had the patience to say it ALL in both languages, amazing!
Must Try (I went Solo!)
Kristin_D, Feb. 2021
Jungle Tour Adventure: Speed Boat and Snorkeling in Cancun
We even went as far as to see the underwater museum.
Great family day out!
Elizabeth_J, Feb. 2021
Private Tour: 2 Mayan cities in one day, Tulum and Coba
We’re all so glad we went to see these primitive ruins in the jungle.
Great Full Day Tour!
Jaypreet, Jan. 2021
Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun
Our tour guide, Florentino, knew excessive information about the history of the sights, and communicated well in both English and Spanish.
Perfect Cancun transportation.
Amy_W, Jan. 2021
Private Transfer From Cancun Airport
Driver was friendly, courteous, and spoke perfect english.
Great Family Excursion
Darci_M, Jan. 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour
I've already recommended this excursion to a coworker vistiting Cancun this summer.
What a Great Crew!
Heather_P, Jan. 2021
4-in-1 Cancun Snorkeling Tour: Swim with turtles, reef, statues and shipwreck
The snorkel crew (two Georges) and Arturo the Captain were fantastic and made sure to point the way to see a sea turtle as well as helping two customers who weren’t as comfortable in the water as others.
Best experience to Chichen Itza
Ronny_R, Dec. 2020
Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun
You should really take the time to visit Chichen Itza while in Cancun or in the area and you can’t go wrong with this tour company.
Easy private airport tranfer in Cancun
Mark_W, Dec. 2020
Round-Trip Transfer in Private Car from-to Cancun Airport in Cancun Hotel Zone
Reserving and prepaying through Viator was so easy, we did it twice this fall, once for a private airport transfer to Cabo, and again in Cancan.
Amazing experience!
Emily_S, Dec. 2020
Half-Day Sailing Trip to Isla Mujeres from Cancun
I'd recommend going around the island, away from the hustle and bustle and try to head to the ice sculptures and we also heard there was a place to see some sea turtles.
An unforgettable experience!
MM4, Dec. 2020
Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch
Speaks English very well and easily switched between Spanish and English with ease.
Fun Times but...
Kimberly_C, Dec. 2020
Isla Mujeres All Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya
My only issue with this tour is that I was expecting to see the underwater museum as advertised in the photographs on the tour page.
For what you pay, it's worth it
Sely_C, Dec. 2020
Horseback Riding in Cancun Includes ATV, Cenote, Ziplines, Lunch and Transfer
We had a lot of waiting which was disappointing but the activities made it worth it.
Mark_M, Sep. 2020
Cancun street food and market tour for small groups
His English is pretty good.
Excellent service and value
Lance_W, Feb. 2020
Cancun Private Round trip Airport Transfer
Provided a delightful conversation on the way from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen about how tourism was going in Mexico, a few tips on things to do and see.
Downtown Cancun tastes
mgoblue2729, Feb. 2020
Cancun Street Food, Street Art & Local Market Day Tour with transportation
What a great tour to see the original Cancun and taste some really good tacos.

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