Vacationing in Cancun isn’t just about fun and sun, but also about exploring the beauty of Mexico. To make sure you know what to do while you’re here, we’ve outlined 5 activities that you can’t miss while you’re in Cancun.
1. Isla Mujeres
A beautiful island located just minutes from Cancun, Isla Mujeres offers a unique view into Mexican island life. Ferries leave several times daily to and from the island and are easy to catch. We highly recommend enjoying the ride over to “Isla”, as the locals refer to it, at least once during your Cancun vacation. The island is home to water parks, beach clubs, restaurants, shopping areas, and even some Mayan ruins. It is best explored by golf cart, which can be rented all over the island.
2. Cancun Underwater Museum
What’s better than visiting an art museum in paradise? Visiting an art museum underwater in the Mexican Caribbean. This environmentally friendly museum is full of sculptures created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The goal of the sculptures are to become artificial reefs, creating areas for coral reef to flourish and for marine wildlife to live and breed which also boosts the eco system. It’s a unique way to experience the beauty of art, marine life, and the Caribbean Sea. As time goes on, the sculptures will change in appearance as the coral grows and more wildlife starts to live in them. It’s truly something you cannot miss.
3. Tulum Ruins
The most popular Mayan archaeological site, Tulum is best known for its spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea. The walled city was built on a bluff facing the rising sun. The ruin site is easily reached from Cancun via bus and day trips run several times each day. Tulum means “wall” in the Yucatec language and is a reference to the large wall that surrounds the site. The main buildings that are seen at the Tulum ruins are in the city’s main center – the Castillo, the Temple of the Initial Series, the Temple of the Descending Gods, and the House of Columns. Minutes away from the archaeological site, is the town of Tulum where you can spend the night at eco-friendly hotels that usually have cozy cabanas on the beach.
4. The Maya Museum
Cancun’s Maya Museum just opened in 2012 and is conveniently located in the Hotel Zone. The new museum is home to 350 archaeological artifacts, including new items that have never been shown before. It contains three exhibition halls, one that is dedicated to the Mayan people that inhabited Quintana Roo, a second that represents the diversity of the different regions that make up our area, and the third exhibits Mayan architecture, art, and other ancient artifacts. Next to the Maya Museum is the archaeological site of San Miguelito that also recently opened. This location was lived in over 800 years ago until the Spanish conquerers arrived. The museum charges around $5 USD for admission and is easily reached by the public bus.
Cancun is a hub for entertainment and shopping. Located just steps away from our hotel are several shopping plazas that are sure to meet all the different preferences of you and your family. For example, Plaza Forum by the Sea has one of Cancun’s hottest nightclubs: CocoBongo, as well as the Hard Rock Café Cancun and Carlos and Charlie’s restaurant. Plaza La Isla can be reached by public bus and has stores like Louis Vuitton, Coach, Puma, Zara, and Nike, just to name a few. Additionally, if you are looking for authentic Mexican souvenirs made by local artists, we recommend you venture into downtown Cancun to Market 28. It is also easily reached by public bus and is an open-air flea market where you can practice your bargaining skills and purchase the best type of Mexican souvenir while also supporting the local culture.
Vacation isn’t just about relaxing in the sun and laying by the pool. It’s also about taking the time to explore the local culture and shop for souvenirs to take home to remember your trip by. These are just five of many “can’t miss” activities that Cancun has to offer. Take the first step in making these fun events possible by booking your Mexican Caribbean vacation with us!