Top attractions in Cancún
Stunning beaches and a thriving nightlife are Cancun's main attractions, but it would be foolish to limit yourself in a city that offers visitors so much! From ancient ruins to top restaurants and wildlife, here are a few of the highlights.
Isla Contoy is a nature reserve and home to many birds, plants, and turtles. Tours are usually led by a biologist and end with snorkelling off its pristine shoreline!
This renowned archaeological site is the most essential item on any Cancun sightseeing list. The restored pyramid at its heart crowns an iconic city from Mayan mythology.
The Yucatan's vast groundwater sinkholes were considered portals to the underworld by the ancient Maya. Few are as famous as Ik Kil, which is open for public swimming!
Snorkel through this incredible museum at the Aquaworld scuba-diving center – home to hundreds of submerged sculptures and the world's largest artificial coral reef!
Climb the 130 steps to the top of the Mayan pyramid, and look out over the ruins of an ancient city that was once the grave enemy of Chichen Itza!
There's plenty for the whole family to enjoy at this ecotourism hotspot. Swim with dolphins, manatees, and stingrays when you're not relaxing amid the spectacular scenery!
The "Two Eyes" cenote system still hasn't been completely explored, but the parts that have offer crystal-clear waters and a lot of natural light – perfect for snorkelling!
It's only a 15-minute boat ride to the "Island of Women," where visitors can enjoy the uncluttered beaches, tour the lively town on a golf cart, or go swimming with dolphins!
Stretched over more than a million acres, Sian Ka'an boasts numerous archaeological sites and wildlife habitats, as well as gorgeous beaches that must be accessed via the jungle!
Don't have time for Chichen Itza or Coba? Then head to Tulum. The ruins aren't quite as impressive, but it's closer and there are lots of great open-air restaurants downtown!
Peak season is December to April, with near-perfect weather drawing the larger crowds. Though spring, summer, and fall may offer more enticing vacation deals and hotel rates, the summers are punishingly hot and the fall months often stormy.
With so many immersive activities and attractions, you'll want to spend at least a week in Cancun to make the most of your visit!
The official currency of Mexico's eastermost city is, of course, the Mexican peso. However, American dollars are widely accepted in the tourist areas. Either way it isn't hard to find a bank or exchange house that will swap whatever cash you came with.
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- Best time to visit
- Summer is peak season, so delay your visit to September through November, when you'll still enjoy good weather, but fewer crowds. Just remember, the light drizzle is ever-present!
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What people are saying about Cancún
(DISCLAIMER, PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE $28USD PER PERSON CHICHEN ITZA TAX) The guides were excellent. A one in particular was a little harder to understand but if you focused you were fine. We were the very first group picked up because we were pretty far south in the Cancun Hotel Zone and we spent the next hour and a half picking everyone else up. That was not fun. Good thing they started from the south when they dropped everyone off. When we were running late coming back they arranged for vans to meet the main bus and take some groups to their hotels. So they were very accommodating on that. I wish they would have done that at the beginning. Also this price DOES NOT include the $28 USD tax PER PERSON for Chichen Itza even though the description says everything is included EVEN THE NEW CHICHEN ITZA TAX. Food was great. Sales pitches and pressure to buy items were a little too strong. Bus had bathrooms Oxman Cenote was pretty hole in the wall-esque. Kinda dirty. Valladolid was nice
This was an amazing day! I did not expect such an awesome tour and I highly recommend it! Not only did we get to see the beautiful ancient ruins, we also got to meet a local Mayan family at their home. This was a small group and it was extremely personable. The guide was amazing! The cenote he took us to was refreshing. Keep in mind is a very long day, but 110% worth it!! :)
Amazing experience! From the beginning until the end the guides were very attentive and engaging. They ensured that we were comfortable the entire time. The food offered was delicious and we were able to get authentic desserts on the last time. Would really recommend this tour for a complete experience.
Angel was my guide. It was a great tour. I got to try food and drinks that I have never tried before- even with my multiple trips to different parts of Mexico. Everything I had on the tour was delicious. I don’t eat pork or beef and Angel was able to tailor the tour to my food restrictions.
It was a great day from start to finish. Our tour guides were very informative and answered all of our questions. It was a long day but it was broken up well. We had time to purchase souvenirs and drinks. We even did a tequila tasting & purchased several bottles of tequila.