Cancun may be one of the most touristy places in Mexico, but there’s a reason it’s loved by sun seekers in the western world. A holiday in Cancun really is like no other. There’s plenty to see and do for every type of holidaymaker. Whether you want to enjoy the white sand and crystal clear water of the Caribbean Sea, make the most of the lively Mexican vibe and get stuck into the unique culture, we’re certain you’ll never want to leave. The only problem may be fitting it all in. Here, we’ve rounded up our top 5 things to do in Cancun to help you decide.
With so much to do on a holiday in Cancun, it can be difficult to choose how to spend your time. Do you stay at the beach? If so, which beach? Do you adventure off into the jungle? And what about the once in a lifetime experience of swimming with dolphins? There’s plenty to suit everyone, but you really need an insider’s perspective. Luckily for you, we know a thing or two about this spectacular place that will make your holiday in Cancun extra special.
Reef and snorkeling tour
Just five minutes from the shore is a well-conserved, colorful coral reef, peppered with marine life and fish. The clean, clear, calm sea makes the whole experience even more sensational, while the shallow water (between 8 and 12 feet) means it’s ideal for all ages and swimming abilities. The cherry on top of the experience is the chance to get up close and personal with wild turtles, stingrays, lobsters, and crabs that call the bed of seagrass, just up from the reef, their home.
As if that wasn’t exciting enough, those wanting to see beneath the surface can experience first-hand a real shipwreck. Large schools of rainbow fish now live in the once floating vessel that sank years ago. And there’s only a select few that will experience this in their lifetime, so why not take a dive? Try our underwater museum snorkeling tour or Tulum Xtreme snorkeling and caves.
Visit the tropical forests and jungles as part of your things to do in Cancun itinerary
A holiday in Cancun is not complete without a bit of adventure. Cancun is surrounded by tropical forests and coastal jungles. Covering the majority of the state of Quintana Roo on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, it is one of the top ecotourism locations in the whole of Mexico. Home to a myriad of animal and plant life, such as monkeys, jungle cats, reptiles, and of course marine life, there’s much more to the area than greenery and animals; you’ll also find an array of breath-taking natural attractions.
Caverns and caves, underground rivers, the largest coral reef system in the hemisphere, and even cenotes (limestone sinkholes), leave guests in awe. If you do the Chichen Itza Pyramid tour, you can swim in a cenote at the lunch location. A day at the eco park, Xel-Ha is also well worth considering. Don’t miss the natural lazy river, amazing snorkeling or a cliff jump off the cliff of courage.
Explore Croco Cun Zoo
A truly interactive zoo, Croco Cun Zoo is one of the best in the whole of Mexico. Attracting visitors from all over, the staff have a passion for nature and wildlife which shines through. Though it’s described as a petting zoo, it offers much more than that. Education is the name of the game and offers visitors a true insight into animal life.
Visitors are encouraged to touch and feed the animals that call this lush expanse their home. Of course, some animals need to be kept at arm’s distance (or even further), but those that visitors can look forward to petting, are, snakes, monkeys, and birds.
Laze the day away at the beach – always one of the best things to do in Cancun
Even if you’re a thrill-seeker, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and do nothing. One of Cancun’s many draws are its sterling beaches and the reason many choose to holiday in Cancun over many other destinations. And we guarantee once you’ve spent an hour there socking up the sun, sea, and sand, you’ll be sold on the city as a relaxing holiday destination, too.
Playa Delfines is one of the area’s largest beaches, complete with some of the brightest water anywhere. There’s also plenty to keep everyone happy with water sports, such as jet skiing and parasailing on offer throughout the day. For those looking for somewhere a bit different, North Beach is the ideal beach stop. Sitting on the northern end of Isla Mujeres, a small island just off the coast of Cancun, the area is home to a number of beach bars, and of course, the best water in the region. With not a rock or wave in sight, this clear, shallow water is one of the only spots in Cancun where you can see the sunset over the ocean.
The waters around Cancun offer some of the best diving in all of the Caribbean, with crystal clear waters and an amazing ecosystem. The waters are rich in marina life – manta rays, whale sharks, colorful fish, and turtles are just some of the things to look out for. There’s also beautiful reefs and great visibility.
All in all, a holiday in Cancun offers much more than all-inclusive resorts and wild parties; it really is a place the whole family can enjoy. And that’s the reason that many decide to go back year after year. With plenty to offer adrenaline junkies, animal lovers, historians, and those who need a stress-free break in the sun, Cancun is one in a million.
If you’re sold on Cancun, why not plan your escape with us? We have many years’ experience making people’s holidays that little bit more memorable. So go on, see how our tours match up to your expectations! We’re certain you’ll be thrilled at what we have to offer!