Cancun Attractions

Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of Cancun's activities and attractions revolve around the beach. The area is blessed with many beautiful beaches and the variety of watersports is somewhat overwhelming. Some scuba diving or snorkelling is a must as the underwater world is just as lovely as the white beaches. There are some gorgeous dive sites between Cancun and Isla Mujeres, where coral reefs abound, and exploring the Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA) is an exciting adventure for divers. Other favourite water activities include swimming with dolphins (or even sharks!), visiting the water park, or taking an excursion to the sleepy paradise island of Isla Mujeres.

If tourists can manage to drag themselves off the stunning white beaches and away from the plethora of fun water activities, Cancun has some cultural and historical diversions as well. The Museo Maya is a brand new and impressively large museum showcasing Mayan artefacts found in the region and providing some fascinating historical context for visitors to the peninsula. The San Miguelito Archaeological Site (in the museum grounds) and the El Rey Ruins are both intriguing examples of ancient Mayan remains in Cancun. The famous ancient site of Chichen Itza, with its impressive pyramids and mysterious jungle setting, is one of Mexico's greatest attractions and a must for visitors to Cancun.

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, with its famous pyramids and temples, is the Yucatan's most visited ancient Mayan site, set in the jungle and said to have been inhabited for more than 2,000 years. The main attraction at Chichen Itza is the Pyramid of Kukulkan...  see full details

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres

Located just a short ferry ride from the resort, Isla Mujeres is a stunning island with quiet villages and beautiful views that make for a great excursion from Cancun. The calm atmosphere is a relaxing break from the bustle of Cancun's busy beaches,...  see full details

Pool lounging

Wet n Wild Cancun

The Wet'n Wild Waterpark in Cancun claims to be the best waterpark in Latin America. The park works in conjunction with a splendid dolphinarium which is a very popular attraction in Cancun. Many resorts offer joint packages to the waterpark and dolphinarium. Attractions...  see full details

Ancient ruins Cancun

Museo Maya

Cancun's archaeological museum, the Museo Maya, is new, modern and air-conditioned and a visit can be a welcome relief from the heat outside. The museum consists of three large exhibition halls and houses about 350 Mayan artefacts discovered in the region. Artefacts include...  see full details

Cancun Beach

Cancun Beaches

When it comes to watersports, people watching, sun-lounging, clear blue water, beach bars and restaurants, and great tourist facilities, Cancun is unbeatable. Beach resorts and powdery white sand are the order of the day. The northern stretch of Mujeres Bay includes the popular...  see full details


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