Guide on Top Things to Do and See in Cancun, Mexico + Tips

Last Updated on March 28, 2021

Here you can read our guide on top things to do and see in Cancun in Mexico, including what to do and see, top attractions, sights, tips. Once a remote fishing village on the tip of Yucatan Pensinsular of Mexico, Cancun today is a high-class hotel zone and popular for its seafood restaurants, buzzing nightclubs and never-ending stretch of postcard-perfect beaches sits beside the downtown area, perfect for a taste of local Mexican life. It appears the city has it all, but there’s much more to see in the Quintaroo state and beyond.


1. Chichen Itza

No trip to Mexico would be complete without visiting the magnificent and mysterious ruins of Chichen Itza, once the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire. Luckily for travellers staying in Cancún, the World Heritage site is just a two-hour journey away and tour buses make the trip daily.

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In the centre, the Temple of Kukulkan, an impressive steeped pyramid also known as El Castillo, sits majestically surrounded by temples, columned arcades and other stone structures. Wandering amongst the excavated ruins, you will not fail to be bowled over by their awe-inspiring architectural beauty.

2. Playa del Carmen

The hippest spot on the Caribbean coast is only an hour’s drive south of Cancún. Playa del Carman, or simply Playa to the locals, makes a perfect daytrip for those looking to swap the swagger of the city for the cosmopolitan vibe of a laid-back beach town.

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Strolling down Playa’s vibrant hub, Quinta Avenida or ‘Fifth Avenue’, you’ll find a mixture of chic boutiques, craft stalls and art galleries as well as plenty of places to eat and drink. The pristine beaches are just one block away and are a favourite with snorkelers and divers due to the excellent coral reefs and marine life.

3. Isla Mujeres

For an even quieter getaway, why not take the 20-minute picturesque ferry ride across the bay to Isla Mujeres. The change in pace is noticeable straight away as golf buggies and bicycles replace the city’s rush of traffic. Washed by crystal blue seas teeming with colourful coral and tropical fish, the best beaches are found in the north.

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Yet, the more experienced divers will delight in the Cave of Sleeping Sharks and the sites of two sunken ships to the south. The archaeological ruins of the Temple of Goddess Ixchel are also to be found on this little island in the midst of the Garrafon National Park.

4. Coba

Deep in the jungle, two hours away from Cancún, awaits the ancient ruins of Coba. Yet to be excavated, the old Mayan city now shares its space with jungle vines and vegetation. Explore the site by walking along the ancient stoned pathways, past elaborately carved vertical stone tablets known as stelae, and ascending to the top of Nohoch Mul – an ancient pyramid reaching over 130 feet high.

Climbers are rewarded with breath-taking views of the surrounding jungle, and don’t forget to watch out for the tropical birds and howler monkeys nesting high up in the canopies.

5. Xcaret Park

All the family will enjoy a day out at Xcaret Park located 47 miles down the coast from Cancún. Named after a nearby archaeological site, the theme park promotes and preserves the cultural heritage of Mexico.


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Daily performances showcase the country’s rituals and traditions, and visitors can step back in time to discover the legacy of the Mayan era and explore a traditional Mexican hacienda.

The site also features a series of natural underground rivers, which can be explored with just a snorkel or in the comfort of a small raft, as well as animal attractions including Jaguar Island and the Butterfly Pavilion.

Top Selling Tours in Cancun

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