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Things to do in Cancun

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You’ve decided on a trip to Cancun, lucky you! Of course you’ll want to soak up the sand, sea and sunshine, but there are lots of things to do in Cancun! Here’s our list of the best activities and places to see. 

1. Swim in underground rivers and cenotes

Things to do in Cancun

Underwater rivers and cenotes (underwater natural pools) are some of Cancun’s biggest attractions. You can take the high road by going to an aquatic park such as Xcaret, Xel-Há or Xplor, or you can simply head to Río Secreto, an attraction that just comes down to swimming in a river that was born underneath the earth’s surface. If you prefer something less touristic but equally grand, you can head to one of the hundreds of cenotes (natural swimming pools) that rest all over the suburban areas of Cancún and the Yucatán Peninsula.

Xcaret Park, Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Km. 282 Int. B Colonia Rancho Xcaret, Playa del Carmen, 77580 Quintana Roo, México.

+52 998 883 3143

Xel-Há Park, Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juárez, Km. 282. Solidaridad, 77580 Quintana Roo, México.

+52 998 883 3143

Xplor Park, Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juárez, Km. 282. Solidaridad, 77710 Quintana Roo, México. 

+52 998 883 0524

Río Secreto, Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Km. 283.5, Ejido Sur, 77712 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico.

+52 998 113 1905

2. Take day trips around the peninsula

Things to do in Cancun

Even if you don’t rent a car, you can book day-trips to the many attractions of the Riviera Maya and the Yucatán Peninsula. These include pyramids of Chichén Itzá, the Mayan Ruins at Tulum, the amazing cenotes close to Valladolid, the town of Playa del Carmen, the island of Isla Mujeres, and the water parks outside Cancún. Be sure to check out our guide of the Riviera Maya for all our tips. 

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Mayan Ruins Tulum, Carretera Cancun – Chetumal Km 230, 307, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico.

+52 983 837 2411

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3. Visit an underwater museum

Things to do in Cancun

MUSA (The underwater Museum of Art) is an underwater museum that surrounds the areas of Cancún, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc. It has over 500 underwater sculptures that provide new sources of coral growth that contributes to the aquatic ecosystem. To enter, you can either snorkel to see the sculptures or dive for a closer look at them.

MUSA, Cerrada Las Golondrinas 24, Alfredo Bonfil, 77560 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico.

+52 998 206 0182

4. Experience an authentic Mayan ball game

Things to do in Cancun

Ever wondered what a Mayan ball game looked like or what was the purpose of it? During the Mayan era, the local tribes used to implement the ritual of the Pok ta Pok, known in English as “ball game”, in order to promote the movement of the stars and to achieve the victory of the sun over the moon. You can see a live recreation of this ancient ritual at the parks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha.

So there you have our list of the best things to do in Cancun. Be sure to check out our Cancun Travel Guide for more of our picks and tips.

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