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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 15 attractions in Cancun

Tulum

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Tulum, the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city and a port for Coba, is one of the best preserved coastal Mayan cities in the Yucatan, in tandem with Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Highlights of this archaeological site include the Temple of the Frescoes, which has spectacular figurines of the 'diving god.'More

Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

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Rio Secreto, or the “Secret River,” is a series of caves carved out by the flow of an ancient underground river in Mexico. While the reserve is most famous for its large half-sunken cavern—a popular diving spot—you can also explore eerie passageways, swim in the river, and admire dripping stalactites, stalagmites, and colorful mineral formations.More

Chichen Itza

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One of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Chichén Itzá is among Mexico's most visited and iconic archaeological sites. Known for its main central pyramid, this impressive Maya site—once the ceremonial center of the Yucatán—also features temples, ball courts, and a cenote (freshwater sinkhole).More

Isla Mujeres

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Isla Mujeres (the “Island of Women”) is known for its rich marine life and pristine beaches. Here you can snorkel at Manchones Reef, scuba dive in the Cave of Sleeping Sharks, or stretch out on the white sands of North Beach (Playa Norte). On land you’ll find bustling nightlife, with oceanside bars and restaurants serving fresh seafood.More

Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá)

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In the heart of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula lie the ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá), an ancient Maya city considered to be one of the most important settlements in Mesoamerican history. During its peak between AD 500 and 900, Coba housed 50,000 residents and was the central terminus for the complex Maya system of roadways. The jungle site is still being excavated, but visitors can experience the already discovered remains of thesesacbes, or stone causeways, as well as a number of engraved and sculpted monuments.More

Xcaret

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With unparalleled access to the Caribbean Sea and all of its bounty, a visit to the Xcaret eco-archaeological park is a must when on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Snorkeling, ziplining, river rafting, exploring underwater rivers, and hiking tropical trails through jungle ruins are all options within this natural adventure park, which gives fast access to many of Cancun’s greatest attractions.More

Playa Norte (North Beach)

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Playa Norte (North Beach) is a relaxing strand on Isla Mujeres, a small island off the Yucatan Peninsula. Once considered a sacred site devoted to a Maya goddess, Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) earned its name when the Spanish discovered images of the goddess on the island. Today, Isla Mujeres and Playa Norte offer a laid-back alternative to bustling Cancun.More

CoCo Bongo Cancun

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CoCo Bongo in Cancun isn’t your typical nightclub and there’s no traditional dance floor. Instead, the popular venue hosts energetic performances including acrobats, bands, and musical impersonators who belt out tunes by artists ranging from Rihanna to Elvis. This lively spot is a must-visit for those looking for a fun night out in Cancun but don’t want to simply dance to DJs.More

Xoximilco Cancun

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Xoxomilco, whose name means “garden of flowers” in Nahuatl, is Cancun’s homage to the floating gardens and canals of Mexico City’s famous Xochimilco neighborhood. Here, visitors can experience a number of Mexican traditions, including floating boats strung with flowers, live music, and regional food.More

Captain Hook Cancun

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Aboard a Cancun-based Captain Hook pirate ship, spend a family-friendly evening that includes a buffet dinner served by salty seamen, dancing on the deck, and imbibing at an open bar. The 18th-century Spanish galleon replicas cruise the Caribbean while “pirates” entertain the crowd with tales of past escapades and dramatic sword fights.More

Xel-Ha

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Named after a Mayan word meaning “the place where the waters are born,” the Xel-Ha aquatic park encompasses 14 acres (5.7 hectares) of jungle and ocean just south of Playa del Carmen. A must-visit family-friendly attraction, Xel-Ha is home to cenotes, a lazy river, fish-filled lagoons, and other natural attractions.More

Dolphin Beach (Playa Delfines)

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Dolphin Beach (Playa Delfines) is a welcome respite from the crowded beaches and bustling nightclubs for which Cancun has become known. Located just beyond the hotel zone at one of the city’s highest points, this quiet stretch of sand offers picture-perfect expansive views and an ideal setting for a leisurely stroll, catching waves, or simply relaxing.More

Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (Museo Subacuático de Arte)

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Many cities boast art, history, and cultural museums, but Cancun’s version of these is a little out of the ordinary. The Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (Museo Subacuático de Arte) is an ongoing project promoting art as well as lively coral reefs. Snorkelers and divers can view its collection of more than 500 sunken sculptures that lie up to 20 feet (6 meters) deep.More

La Isla Shopping Village

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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

Cancun Hotel Zone (Avenida Kukulkan)

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Avenida Kukulkan, also known as Cancun’s Hotel Zone, is a pulsing thoroughfare lined with oceanfront resorts that separate the Caribbean Sea from the Nichupte Lagoon. This long, flat strip is home to some of Cancun’s best shopping, dining, and nightlife. From Avenida Kukulkan, various paths lead out to a limitless stretch of white sand.More

Top activities in Cancun

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Isla Mujeres Catamaran Sailing Tour with Snorkel, Open Bar and Buffet lunch
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Recent reviews from experiences in Cancun

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Manuel_C, Nov 2022
4x1 Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Buffet & Playa del Carmen Tour
Was taken to one of the most beautiful places to visit in Cancun, Tulum beautiful beach, Mayan ruins and a great history lesson followed by a swim in an amazing Cenote.
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LIT!!!
Ashley_L, Nov 2022
Hip Hop Sessions Boat Party Cancun (Adults only)
the music, the activities, the vibes was everything!!!
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Taco Tour and City Tour: do it!
linda_z, Nov 2022
3-in-1 Street Food Tour with transportation (food stalls + local market+ murals)
What a great way to see more of Cancun and eat at great restaurants we may never have found on our own.
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We had soooo much fun. I...
Milira_A, Oct 2022
Hip Hop Sessions Boat Party Cancun (Adults only)
One of the funniest activities we did here in Cancun
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Wonderful experience
ADESOLA_O, Oct 2022
Viator Exclusive Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
The activities are a must do.
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SO FUN
jose_a, Sep 2022
Tour Cenotes Oasis Maya by Xcaret from Cancún and Playa del Carmen
The activities throughout the multiple centoes were incredible.
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Great excursion!
Chelsea_W, Sep 2022
Cancun City Tour and Shopping
Very informative, fun, and got to see lots of areas or Cancun.
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Loved the shopping
Tracy_V, Sep 2022
Cancun City Tour and Shopping
Enjoyed shopping downtown Didn’t realize we were going to a modern mall for tequila tasting as a stop Not any points of interest to see the city is so young Great tour guides they made it worth the trip Cancun is not like others that have great history to learn
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Awesome
Jeff_N, Aug 2022
Sailing Experience to Isla Mujeres in a Catamaran with Open Bar
Isla mujeres is so beautiful to visit with family or Friends
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Absolutely love those...
Xindi_W, Aug 2022
Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour in Cancun
They are so supportive and so caring, best memory in Cancun:)) As someone who can't really swim, it is so amazing to see the ocean
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Great experience with helpful guides
Alejandra_F, Aug 2022
Experience Diving Under Water Museum and Reef for beginners
Would definitely recommend this trip to see Cancuns beautiful reefs!
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It was fun
Ted_R, Jul 2022
5-Stop Cancun Taco Tour, Local Beer and Night Market with Transportation
Had an opportunity to see the authentic cancun and try authentic food.
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A MUST
Tiffany_A, Jul 2022
Tulum Day-Trip Mayan Ruins With Cenote Swim
I’ve always wanted to visit Tulum so this was a great experience.
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Great view but wasted too much time on driving down to Playa de Carmen for pick up / drop off.
Margaret_L, Nov 2022
Excursion Las Coloradas & Rio Lagartos only from Cancun
The river tour to Rio Lagartos was nice to see crocodiles, flamingo and some other water birds and ended with the mud bath washing in the gulf of Mexico.
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Excellent snorkeling!
Marissa_K, Nov 2022
Jungle Tour Adventure: Speed Boat Tour and Snorkeling (Shared Speed Boat)
The jet boat ride back was refreshing and we got to see a lot of the hotel zone from the water.
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Beautiful and spectacular - once in a life time
Natasha_N, Nov 2022
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves and Tulum Ruins
I have intense arachnophobia and was extremely lucky not to see any, but we did see some amazing bats.
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Uzair_A, Nov 2022
Chichen Itza, Cenote and Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour
Good excursion if you want to see Chichen Itza and swim in a cenote (the stop at Villavoid is unnecessary).
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DO NOT HESSITATE AND BOOK. THIS IS THE BEST ADVENTURE YOU WILL HAVE IN CANCUN
MiguelAngel_F, Oct 2022
Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Snorkel, Open bar and Transportation from hotel
They offered drinks all day in the boat and they have a concierge to give you advise on what to do on the island; I joined a couple I met snorkeling and we rented a golfcart to go explore the Southside of the island were there is a beautiful lighthouse.
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Don’t miss this Activity!
Gerri_H, Oct 2022
Mexican Cooking Class with fresh Local Market ingredients selection and transpor
Do you want to do something different than the normal activities?
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Must do excursion!!! Recommended
Eme_S, Oct 2022
Tulum and Cenotes Tour
Tino was the best tour guide you can ask for great with English Spanish translation!
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People Also Ask

What is Cancun best known for?

Cancún is beloved by spring breakers and familes alike for its white-sand beaches and Caribbean water. The city’s excellent resorts, many of them all-inclusive, typically offer direct access to the beach, making Cancún an excellent destination to wind down on the sand with a margarita in hand. And, after hours, the nightlife is always hopping.

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What kind of fun things are there to do in Cancun?

The resorts of Cancún’s Hotel Zone offer water sports aplenty, from snorkeling, scuba diving, and paddleboarding to speed boating, jet skiing, and flyboarding. Xcaret adventure park, where you can go ziplining and river rafting, is a popular day trip, as is Isla Mujeres, which is best reached by catamaran. Swimming with whale sharks is another bucket list activity that's popular in Cancun.

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What is the best month to visit Cancun?

The weather in Cancún is perfect almost all year round but at its very best between December and April—ideal for escaping the wintery weather of North America’s more northerly climes. While winter does bring many travelers, the crowds are not as heavy as those of mid-March to early April when spring breakers arrive en masse.

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Is it expensive to go to Cancun?

No, Cancun isn't expensive. How much money you spend in Cancún depends on how you choose to spend your vacation. While you can splash out on luxury hotels, fine dining, and late nights in the city’s clubs, you can just as easily keep costs low by booking all-inclusive packages and combination tours.

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Is 3 days enough in Cancun?

Yes, three days is long enough in Cancún to spend a lazy day on the beach, do some water-based activities, and explore some of the Riviera Maya’s cultural attractions such as Maya ruins and cenotes. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for relaxing however, so you may want to add on another day or two.

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What is there to do in Cancun besides beach?

Cancún is a gateway to the ancient Maya ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza. You can also swim in the cool, clear waters of the Yucatán peninsula’s cenotes, including the crystal caves of Rio Secreto, and go scuba diving off Isla Mujeres: all can be easily reached on a day trip from Cancún.

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