If you are looking for a Caribbean destination with tropical beaches, pumping nightlife, great weather, and endless accommodations, Cancun is a great choice. Cancun is, and has been for years, one of the top tourists hot spots in the world.
Cancun is surrounded by blue waters. One side of Cancun has the turquoise ocean view and the other side has the dark blue waters of the lagoon.
The beaches are absolutely breath taking and Cancun is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world making Cancun a great scuba diving and snorkeling location.
The reefs are shallow making it easy to see the brilliant colors of coral down below and the beautiful variety of colorful fishes.
If you want to be in the middle of the breathtaking light-blue Caribbean water, you can rent a boat, catamaran, go fishing or sailing, or take a cruise.
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Things to Do in Cancun
A full day at an all-natural water park is a must on Things to Do and explore in Cancun. Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Chichen Itza, and Discover Tulum are the TOP and awesome activities while visiting Cancun.
Xcaret Park Cancun – this magical place is fun for everyone. It’s 25 attractions make it impossible to not have a great time making it a great place for kids. What is so special about Xcaret is that it is centered around the Mayan culture: it’s wildlife, traditions, and architecture.
Fill your day with snorkeling, underground rivers, cenotes, relaxing on the beach or inlet, grottos, aviary, the Mayan center, butterflies, and loads of activities. At night there is an incredible show for everyone to enjoy!
Xel-Ha – if you are looking for a relaxing day exploring the spectacular aquatic life, flowing rivers underground, lagoons, creeks, and ancient caves, Xel-Ha is perfect. You can snorkel eye-to-eye with natural exotic marine life and admire the breathtaking waters of the underworld. Xel-ha is home to numerous tropical fishes and colorful species.
There is also rope bridging, cliff diving, kayaking, hiking, bicycling, and the all natural underground sink-holes, cenotes. Or you can relax in a lounge chair and soak up the Mexican culture.
There are many International and Mexican buffets, snacks, and yummy beverages to enjoy all day. If you need a break from the sun, enjoy dining in at one of the restaurants offered at Xel-ha.
Enjoy an all-inclusive day with delicious buffet meals and unlimited beverages during your visit. Have fun with more than 20 natural activities and select one Optional Activity: an underwater tour with Sea Trek or Snuba, or an adventure at full speed over the sea with Adrenalina.
Xplor Park – this adventurous water park is one of the most popular Musts while visiting Cancun. Xplor has lots of adventurous activities to tempt your eager minds and it’s loaded with underground rivers, caves, and incredible cenotes filled with formations.
Get a chance to drive an amphibious vehicle through the caves and jungle, choose from 13 different zip lines over the jungle, and raft while checking out the cave systems and its gorgeous rock formations. Bring your adventure!
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Chichen Itzá – Chichen Itza is the famous Mayan city and the most developed of the great Mayan ruins. The amazing combination of the scaled monuments and precise calculations make this truly amazing and it is one of the mysterious wonders of the world.
It has two large cenotes, sink holes, in Chichen Itza which are known as the Sacred Cenotes. This is a very popular Must See in Cancun.
Chichen Itza and Cenotes Deluxe Tour – Book tickets here and enjoy 2 days with majestic scenes.
Tulum – The Mayan Culture is felt throughout Cancun and well respected. Tulum is in the Mexican Caribbean and it is the only site with front row of the Caribbean. Visit Tulum with a guided tour who will introduce the Mayan cultures to you and explain its significance. This is definitely a Bucket List check-off.
Cancun has a buzz with its exciting nightclubs, lounges, and bars. There are great shops surrounded by authentic places to eat and enjoy a cold beverage. You will certainly find what you are looking for.
If you have never experienced Coco Bongo Show and Disco, it is a must! Vegas has nothing like it! It is an experience like nothing you have seen. There is a fee to get in but drinks are included!
A live DJ keeps the beat alive with a variety of hip-hop, disco, and rock. The night is filled with acts ranging from flying trapeze artists to half-dressed acrobats. A night to remember!
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Luxury Cancun Resorts
Be sure to book a hotel in the famous Hotel Zone if you want to wake up to the luxurious views of Cancun. The Hotel Zone has over 32,000 rooms to cater to your liking so I am sure you will find the one you are looking for!
Cancun has several luxurious hotels and resorts ranging from all-inclusive to private villas. If luxury is what you are looking for, you will not be disappointed.
Five of Cancun’s hotels have received the AAA Five Diamond Distinction which is a symbol of there excellence. Three-quarters of the hotels have a five star rating reflecting Cancun’s elegance and sophisticated luxurious accommodations.
The Ritz-Carlton is an award winning AAA Five Diamond Hotel just 2 minutes from the beach. It’s property features 2 pools, a private beach, and spa. Each modern-style room has an ocean view with a balcony and a minibar.
When dining, you can sit and relax inside or outside and have the option of Mediterranean specialties, Sushi or Asian cuisine.
Downtown is only 11 miles away and The Ritz-Carlton will arrange transportation to area attractions for your convenience as well as The Cancun International Airport.
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Many of us don’t have the pocket book for the luxurious hotels but don’t worry, Cancun is known for budget friendly specials and hotels so there is always a place to fit your budget!
There is also downtown Cancun where you can find more affordable prices than in Cancun’s Hotel Zone.
All-Inclusive Cancun Resorts
World-class service is what you will experience when visiting any of the Melia properties. The Paradisus by Melia Cancun is a luxurious all-inclusive resort and absolutely exquisite. There are 2 locations in Cancun that allow you to visit both properties.
The property sits in between the crystal-clear waters of The Caribbean or the dark blue tranquil waters of the Nuchupte Lagoon. In 3 minutes you will be relaxing on the beach. Each modern room features a private terrace overlooking the water.
The resort is a quick 25 minute drive to the Cancún International Airport. There are 10 restaurants to choose from, 9 bars, and 4 pools. Every evening Paradisus has a great addition to the nightlife.
The added amenities featured at Paradisus Cancun include a par 3, 9-hole golf course and the elegant YHI spa to spoil yourself.
If you are concerned about the safety of traveling to Cancun, visit Is Mexico Safe to Travel. You can read about the Cancun Travel Advisory and learn the different levels of safety.
Getting Around Cancun
When you arrive in Cancun there are numerous shuttle services at the airport that will take you to The Hotel Zone.
Happy Shuttle is a very popular service that’s been in business for over 10 years and has very high ratings. You will not wait longer than 20 minutes with the shared transportation service to many hotels on the island.
They also offer shuttle services to many destinations in Cancun. Happy Shuttle’s phone number is Toll Free USA/Canada: 1-844-707-9821. Many hotels offer shuttle services so check with the concierge first before booking any other accommodations.
Catch a Bus
There are numerous ways to get around Cancun depending on your destination. If on a budget, a bus is your best bet!. The bus stops are up and down Kukulcan and make stops everywhere in Cancun.
If you’re staying in the Hotel Zone, bus fares run around $.50-$1.00 USD per ride, per person. It may be a little warm, the buses typically have no AC.
If you plan to hop on a bus from the airport, be sure to only talk with a representative that has an ADO shirt on to prevent getting ripped off.
Be careful at the airport and plan your travel to the hotel in advance. They know how eager you are to start your vacation!
Taxis are seen all throughout Cancun, especially around The Hotel Zone but be careful, they are not regulated by the government and these wonderful cabbies can create their own fare. This can be at your advantage!
I hired a cabbie that took me to Tulum and waited for us to complete our tour. He was honest and grateful! Just be sure to negotiate a price before you get in the car. If you happen to find a taxi with AC, get his number. 🙂
Hop on a Ferry
There are many islands close to Cancun that you can visit via a quick ferry ride. A ferry is usually 30 minutes to an hour. You will meet at the port and get your ticket. Popular, awesome islands to travel to are Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.
The most popular and respected ferry is Ultramar. Ultramar services the islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres with departures continuous. Click on the link to get a list of the travel departures and routes. You can contact them: 52 1(998) 293-9092 and their Hours of Operation are 24 hours, 365 days a year.
The beauty of the various islands dispersed so close to Cancun make it impossible not to include them in your vacation.
Book your trip and have a great time in Cancun! Be sure to visit Cozumel and Playa del Carmen!