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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

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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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Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

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
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Chichen Itza

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
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Isla Mujeres

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
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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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Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá)

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
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CoCo Bongo Cancun

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
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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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Xplor Park

Xplor Park

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Set in the middle of the Yucatan jungle, Xplor Park allows visitors to experience Mexico’s environmental treasures firsthand. Here you can raft down a stalactite-filled underground river, swim in cenotes, ride in an amphibious vehicle, or zipline above the canopy. There’s also a nighttime option to explore after dark.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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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. A must-visit family-friendly attraction, Xel-Ha is home to 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 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
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Dolphin Beach (Playa Delfines)

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
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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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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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Top activities in Cancun

Sailing Experience to Isla Mujeres in a Catamaran with Open Bar
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Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
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Horseback riding in Cancun, ATV, zip lines, cenote, lunch, drinks and transfer
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Tulum and Cenotes Tour
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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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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
Taco Tour and Local Beer Tour w/transportation and Skip-the-line!
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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Amazing experience
Arif_A, May 2022
Coco Bongo Cancun Gold Member VIP Night Out by After Dark
Would recommend to anyone visiting Cancun to visit.
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Amazing trip!
Tim_T, Apr 2022
Chichen Itza English Tour, Buffet Lunch, Cenote,Tequila tasting & Valladolid
Cenote was great to see and swim in.
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Trip to paradise
Emily_B, Mar 2022
Private Transfer From Cancun Airport
Would recommend to any who wish to visit Cancun!
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Great trip.
Sarah_Y, Mar 2022
Priority Access: Xel-Há All-Inclusive Day Trip with Transportation
The place is beautiful and very fitting for those who enjoy water activities.
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Great value, fun, relax ~3 hours activity.
Dominic_Y, Aug 2022
Speedboat and Snorkeling Tour in Cancun: Jungle Tour
Safe and relax 3 hours activities.
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Highly recommend!
Alejandra_F, Aug 2022
Priority Access: Xcaret Day Trip + Night Show + Transportation
I got a massage under a cave/waterfall at the park and it was really relaxing during a busy day!
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Quite the Experience
Marcia_M, Aug 2022
Whale Shark Swimming Adventure from Cancun & Riviera Maya - Seasonal June/Sept
We were able to see several whale sharks, and get very close to them as well.
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Good experience
Anh_D, Aug 2022
Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
However, when we got there, we had to wait an hour before we got to start our activities because the staff was having their lunch break.
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Amazing trip
Sabha_S, Jul 2022
Chichen Itza, Cenote and Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour
The Cenote was amazing and the stop in Valladolid was short but still nice to see a city other than Cancun!
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Must do!
Leanna_F, Jul 2022
Priority Access: Xplor Adventure Park with Hotel Pick up and Drop Off
All of the attractions were a lot of fun.
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Great Trip
David_S, Jul 2022
Jungle Tour Adventure: Speed Boat Tour and Snorkeling (Shared Speed Boat)
We were looking for a short trip to see more of Cancun and snorkel.
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Long day but very worth it!
Nhi_T, Jul 2022
Chichen Itza English Tour, Buffet Lunch, Cenote,Tequila tasting & Valladolid
The cenote is extremely beautiful, very open with a waterfall and a place to jump in.
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Great trip, great people!
Elena_B, May 2022
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
We spent enough time at the ruins to see everything, but not linger in the heat.
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Claudia... thank you for such an amazing tour!
Angie_R, May 2022
Cancun Street Food, Street Art & Local Market Day Tour with transportation
We checked out a few local (not touristy) spots and my favorite, was getting to see the local night market!
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Great way to experience downtown Cancun!
Natalie_T, May 2022
Cancun Authentic Taco Tour
We got to see how fresh tortillas are made and even got a chance to help make some.
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Fun Adventure in the jungle
Tommy_C, May 2022
ATV Combo (Horseback, Ziplines, Cenote, Water, Lunch and Transfer Included)
Our guide Pablo was super fun and kept all the activities moving smoothly.
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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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