Top three activities in Mexico’s preeminent beach destination.
Cancun continues to hold onto its crown as Mexico’s premier beach resort destination — a place whose name is synonymous with spring break, parties, and the hedonistic thrill of letting loose while on vacation. Existing as the northern point of the world famous Riviera Maya, a string of resort cities which stretches from Cancun to Tulum that bring in tens of millions of tourists each year.
Cancun itself is known for, what else, it’s beautiful white sand beaches and clear blue water, vibrant nightlife, and historic sites. But what are some of the top things to do in Cancun? Read on to find out.
Go to the beach
This one is a given. You don’t go to Cancun without going to the beach. The city sits on miles of beautiful beaches that are fully set up for you to enjoy. The beaches of the Zona Hotelera area are some of the most sought after, as they include the city’s best hotels and resorts. But this isn’t the only beach experience that Cancun has to offer, as there’s also pristine, virtually empty beaches where you can relax with nature and enjoy a little quiet time.
But whatever beach experience you choose to go for, don’t forget to go to Playa Delfines, which is a massive beach just to the south of the resorts of the Zona Hotelera area. Here, visitors can have a taste of Mexican beach life without the high-rises and chic high-end tourism. You can play in the waves, surf, and snorkel, or just hang out drinking cocktails under a thatch-roofed hut.
Playa Tortugas is another excellent choice for a day at the beach. Go here for the mild waves, quality restaurants, and laid back bars. There’s also a pier for bungee jumping. Playa Torgugas is also the jumping off point for Isla Mujeres, which we will get to soon.
If you’re looking for a beach that has a little more of a party atmosphere, then head straight to Playa Forum. This is a curving beach in the Zona Hoterlera area that’s the epicenter of Cancun’s club scene. The party never stops here, as the clubs are bumping during the day as well as the night. Come here for the music, drinks, and pool parties … and leave Cancun with a story to tell.
Go to Isla Mujeres
If you want to get to a place a little more remote to enjoy nature and the gentle roll of the clear blue sea against pristine white beaches then head over to Isla Mujeres. This small island is a half-hour short ferry ride from Cancun, making it the perfect escape plan.
On Isla Mujeres you will find an array of small restaurants, beautiful beaches, and the Garrafon Natural Reef Park, where you can snorkel, hike, and zip line in the warm sun. Isla Mujeres is also a place where you can see sea turtles, and if you show up between August and October you may even be able to watch a nest of eggs hatch and sea turtle babies race into the sea.
Go SCUBA diving
To put it simply, Cancun is a diver’s paradise. There are complex reef ecosystems full of colorful fish, plants, rays, turtles, barracuda, and even sharks, as well as ship wrecks waiting to be explored. There is also the world’s larges submerged museum, the MUSA, which has hundreds of sculptures that reefs have formed upon.
For those who are more adventurous, Cancun offers tours to dive with whale sharks, the world’s largest fish. At 40-65 feet long, swimming next to these fish is not for the faint of heart. However, these sharks are not man eaters — they prefer to dine on small fish and plankton. You can take a tour to swim with whale sharks from Isla Contoy, which is just to the north of Cancun.
If you want to mix it up a little, head inland for Cancun’s freshwater Cenotes, which are caverns through the earth full of water. You can put on some SCUBA gear and swim through them, exploring their depths and marveling at their geological features and formations.
There is really something for everyone in Cancun, with plenty more to do than what’s in this list. So book a trip and find out what this incredible city has to offer today.
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