“A rainy day in Paradise is STILL a rainy day in Paradise”. Whenever it rains in Cancun and Riviera Maya there’s no reason to feel blue, you’re still at gorgeous destination! So, if you’re staying a Cancun hotel and it happens to be raining, worry no more! There are awesome things to do in Cancun when it rains that actually work much better with raindrops falling on your head!
Things to do in Cancun when it rains
Cenotes: The underground wonders of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Cenotes or sinkholes are a Yucatan trademark; these caves and underground rivers are connected through miles, keeping breathtaking rock formations sculpted by Mother Nature for thousands of years.
Visiting and exploring these cenotes and underground rivers in the area are a MUST. During the rain season, the limestone isolates the outside weather so the water’s temperature gets warmer. Here are a couple of activities that are particularly fun when it’s wet:
This exciting park is only one hour south of Cancun and it’s surrounded by jungle. Once you´ve changed into your swimsuit its time for an energizing breakfast at any of the two snack bars within the park. With fruits, hot chocolate, coffee, muffins and delicious smoothies so you can start your adventure.
At Xplor you will find two circuits with 14 zip-lines to fly over the jungle and landing into cenotes. Once you´ve gone through all the zip-lines you can explore the underground rivers either swimming or rowing on a canoe.
You can have a really nice lunch after at the buffet restaurant that has a great variety of Mexican dishes as well as international cuisine (the ribs are excellent here) and desserts and last, but not least, we recommend you drive fast and furiously an amphibious vehicle. It is truly one of the best adventure trips you can take from Cancun.
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Río Secreto, Natural Reserve.
Take a day trip to Río Secreto, a nature reserve south of Cancun and is simply STUNNING. In this preserved area it’s possible to find typical flora and fauna such as pumas, jaguars and ocelots, deer, raccoons and many types of birds.
Once you arrive at base camp, you can leave your belongings safe and dry in a locker and you will proceed to take a good shower to wash any chemical substance you may have off your body. This step is really important to keep the water as clean as possible. Then you put your wetsuit on and a security helmet and you are ready to go!
A shaman will perform a ceremony to grant “permission from the gods” for going into the caves, purifying the group of people that is about to enter.
After receiving the blessing from the Mayan underworld, your tour guide will give you some directions to keep the caves as untouched as possible, these rock formations are incredibly weak and it takes thousands of years to have big stalactites and stalagmite formations.
Inside the cave, the scenery is just breathtaking. The paths where you can go are surrounded by amazingly shaped stalactites and stalagmites and in certain areas these formations can have different colors going from orange to purple, depending on the minerals that have been filtered by the limestone. The water is also crystal clear and in some places looks completely turquoise.
By the end of the tour and back to your dry clothes, you can have a grand meal at the buffet restaurant with plenty of food and beverages and relax on a hammock nearby, enjoying the jungle.
Who doesn’t love shopping? Come on! We know it’s your favorite thing to do back at home! so why not to take advantage of the Tax-Free opportunities offered for travelers at Cancun’s main malls such as La Isla Fashion Harbor, or Plaza Kukulkan? Or even better, support the local economy and take home a beautiful piece of art from the Mercado 28, (a famous handicrafts market). You may find these and lots of other shopping options pretty close to your Cancun hotel. There are some really nice cafes and cinema complex around the city… did you know that movies are way cheaper than in other countries?
If shopping in Cancun is not enough, Playa del Carmen is just 40 minutes away from the hotel zone. And in this little town, you’ll find lots of shopping options too. Also, there0s a big chance that the clouds stay at Cancun so you may find that Playa’s beaches are soaking on warm, shiny sun. Without a doubt, shopping is one of the best things to do in Cancun when it rains.
Mexican Food (the real thing)
It may sound like an obvious tip. But trust us: Not because you’re in Mexico you’ll be able to find real Mexican traditional food. We’re not talking about fajitas, nachos or chimichanga here… this is the real thing which cannot be easily found at the beach restaurants or even at the resort. So take advantage of the rainy day and go exploring Downtown Cancun for real tasty Mexican treats! What should you try instead of that Tex-mex lie you already know? Here are some examples for The Most popular Mexican Food you can’t stop eating when visiting Mexico.
As you can see, once you find yourself in Paradise it doesn´t matter if it’s sunny or rainy and that when you are in Cancun, paradise can be both above and under the ground; making your vacations a unique and spectacular experience. Now go on, use or share our Things to do in Cancun when it rains with someone you love!