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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

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Tulum

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
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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

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One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza—meaning "at the mouth of the well of the Itza"—is Mexico's most-visited archaeological site, a magnificent display of the advanced civilization of the Maya people and the ceremonial center of the Yucatan.More
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Xcaret

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
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Playa Norte (North Beach)

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
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CoCo Bongo Cancun

CoCo Bongo Cancun

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CoCo Bongo in Cancun isn’t your typical nightclub. 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
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Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (Museo Subacuático de Arte)

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
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Xel-Ha

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. Xel-Ha provides activities for the whole family and features cenotes, a lazy river, fish-filled lagoons, and other natural attractions.More
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Xoximilco Cancun

Xoximilco Cancun

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

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
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La Isla Shopping Village

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

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Top activities in Cancun

3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Valladolid, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim & Buffet

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Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour

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Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour

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Best ATV Tour, Five Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
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 Jet Ski, Snorkeling and Parasail
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Jet Ski, Snorkeling and Parasail

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Chichen Itza Sunrise with lunch,Tequila & optional Valladolid, Cenote & Pick up

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cancun

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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.
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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.
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Perfect and pleasant
Ryan_H, Dec 2020
Cancun Airport Round-Trip Transfer
Very friendly and spoke great English.
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Great Food Experience!
Abdul_S, Dec 2020
Sea Food Experience
This is one of the activities that I really enjoyed in Cancun.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Perfect Cancun transportation.
Amy_W, Jan 2021
Private Transfer From Cancun Airport
Driver was friendly, courteous, and spoke perfect english.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Fun Times but...
Kimberly_C, Dec 2020
Isla Mujeres All Inclusive Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya (Not Whale Shark)
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.
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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.
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Excellent
Mark_M, Sep 2020
Cancun street food and market tour for small groups
His English is pretty good.
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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.
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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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