Because Cancun is a flat coastal plain, you don’t really need to gain much elevation for a sweeping view of the town. Imagine, then, the panoramic view from atop Escenica Tower (Torre Escénica), considering the tower puts you 264 feet above the town. As part of the Xcaret network of sights, Escenica Tower offers visitors a view of the massive Xcaret complex, as well as the string of Cancun beaches all the way out to Cozumel in the distance. This is the highest point on the Riviera Maya, and because the enclosed, air-conditioned platform slowly rotates while climbing the tower, all you need to do is look out the window and take in the time-stopping view.
Insider's Tip: For an exceptionally dramatic view of Cancun, visit the tower at sunset.
The Torre Escénica is located on the Embarcadero of Playa Linda. The tower can fit up to 60 people at a time, and includes a short history of the surrounding area as well as the sights you can see from the top. The ride is accessible to travelers with mobility issues, and lasts about 15 minutes.