Have you ever seen an ocean a more vivid shade of turquoise? Have you ever marvelled at the ruins of an ancient civilisation? Have you ever sampled the most succulent seafood accompanied by a panoramic view? Have you ever watched the sun come up as you left a downtown salsa club in the early hours of the morning?
All of these questions can be answered with an unforgettable holiday to Cancun.
From the glitz and glamour of the city’s hotel zone to the understated slice of authentic Mexico in the taco joints and quiet beaches – Cancun can be the holiday destination you want it to be. Perched on the edge of the Quintana Roo state, there is a huge amount of diversity and beauty to it.
However, what can you not miss out on? We’ve got the lowdown of what you must do when visiting Cancun.
You can’t come to Cancun without taking a daytrip to see the city of Chichen Itza. Built by the Mayans over 1,000 years ago it is one of the most important examples of how this ancient civilisation lived. The focal point of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the spectacular Pyramid of Kukulkan.
Chichen Itza is considered one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” so make sure you tick it off your bucket list.
Swimming with dolphins in Isla Mujeres
Speaking of bucket lists, many of you will have the words “swim with dolphins” pencilled in on yours. Where better to fulfil this dream than on a sun-kissed island off the coast of Cancun? The paradise island of Isla Mujeres is home to a number of dolphin experience centres where visitors can get in the water with these playful creatures.
El Rey Ruins
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If swimming with dolphins is not your cup of tea, how about coming face-to-face with hundreds of iguanas? El Rey ruins are home to these friendly lizards and they are not shy of greeting the visitors to the ancient Mayan town. The ruins are just a short distance from the Hotel Zone so can make for an interesting afternoon out.
Visit Xcaret Park
Embark on a journey through the traditions of Mexico at Xcaret eco-archaeological Park. Sail along the Mayan Riviera through the dense jungle or take a snorkelling through one the best attractions in Cancun. The park combines the natural beauty of the area with a theme park with a host adventure trails, rides and live shows – this is one thing not to be missed.
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Sample the nightlife
If you have even the smallest knowledge of Cancun, you will know about its nightlife. The city has a party scene unlike anywhere else on Earth making it no wonder that it is the go-to destination for spring break. The Hotel Zone is the epicentre of late night parties with clubs like Coco Bongo, Señor Frogs and Mandala Beach Club pumping out music until the sun comes up.
However, if you prefer something a little more authentic then hang out where the locals do on Yaxchilan Avenue in downtown Cancun. Perhaps swing by a local salsa club and show off your moves. Wherever you choose, Cancun offers a night you’ll never forget.
Try the food
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If Cancun is known across the world for its nightlife then its food isn’t far behind. The city is a hive of cafes, restaurants and street food vendors serving delicious authentic Mexican cuisine. Swing by the Cancun staple of El Rincón de los Antojos – translated as ‘Cravings Corner’ – to sample comforting Mexican eats. Splash out on gourmet steak and seafood at Punta Bonita at Rosewood Mayakaba or try an eclectic tasting menu at Le Chique.
However, there are not many better things in Mexico than buying a freshly made taco from one of the many quaint vendors. You certainly won’t go hungry with these incredible options on offer.
Swim in a cenote
If you want to create an unforgettable memory of your time in Cancun then swimming or snorkelling in a cenote should be the first thing on your list. These incredible caves have been formed over thousands of years and are dotted along the Mayan Riviera. A number of them are considered sacred by the Mayans and snorkelling in the crystal clear water, admiring the spectacular formations and swimming among the marine life is a truly breathtaking experience.
Experience the Underwater Museum of Art
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Visit one of the world’s most unique museums at the Museo Subacuático de Arte. MUSA is an underwater contemporary museum of art featuring the works of English sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and much more. See these incredible installations by glass bottom boat or get up close by scuba diving.
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