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Things to do in Cancun

Discover an incredible choice of things to do in Cancun. The Mexican city is where a glittering metropolis meets stunning Caribbean coast. Whether it’s beach relaxation, culture, exhilarating adventure or electric nightlife you’re looking for – find it all in Cancun.

Find something to suit every taste and interest on Cancun holidays. Relax on sundrenched white sands and snorkel in crystal clear waters. Browse for souvenirs in eclectic boutiques or pick up designer purchases at luxury shopping malls. Swim in a cenote or feed crocodiles. Visit the seventh wonder of the world or take in a spectacular show at a renowned nightspot.

Cancun beaches

Cancun beaches

Unwind on powder-soft white sands and bathe in exquisite marbled blue waters at the Riviera Maya’s Maroma Beach, voted one of the world’s best beaches. Enjoy water sports and experience the lively atmosphere of the Hotel Zone’s pristine shores. Relax under coconut trees at Playa del Carmen’s idyllic Xcalacoco Beach.

Nature/adventure in Cancun

Nature/adventure in Cancun

Dive into an amazing underwater world at the Great Maya Reef. Swim with dolphins, explore underground rivers and take a musical journey through Mexico’s history at the incredible Xcaret Park. Meet monkeys and feed crocodiles at Crococun Zoo. Whizz over jungle trees on a zip wire at the exhilarating Xplor.

Cancun nightlife

Cancun nightlife

Experience the thriving nightlife of Cancun’s glittering Hotel Zone and Playa del Carmen. With its spectacular shows, the renowned Coco Bongo club is a must-visit. Whizz down the pool waterslide and sip mojitos at Señor Frog’s. Groove to an eclectic mix of sounds featuring laser shows at top nightspot Dady’O.

Cultural Cancun

Cultural Cancun

Marvel at the incredible El Castillo pyramid at Chichén Itzá - one of the world’s wonders. Visit the awe-inspiring walled city of Tulúm in its stunning position overlooking the turquoise ocean. Gaze in awe at the spectacular Pyramid of the Magician at Uxmal and cruise down Mayan-carved rivers at Muyil.

Shopping in Cancun

Shopping in Cancun

Feel like you’re in Venice at the canal-encircled La Isla mall in Cancun’s Hotel Zone. Get the VIP shopping experience on Luxury Avenue. Browse the eclectic boutiques and markets in cosmopolitan Playa del Carmen. Shop at Forum by the Sea then stay to dance at the world-famous Coco Bongo club.

Cancun experiences

Discover the very best of Cancun with these exciting experiences

Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun

Explore the awe-inspiring Mayan capital of Chichen Itza and discover why it has been designated one of the world’s wonders. Your tour will begin with a visit to either the Ikil, Sytun or Hubiku cenote – so don’t forget your swimsuit. Afterwards, feast on a buffet of delicious traditional dishes while enjoying a lively folkloric dance performance. A 1.5 hour guided tour of the mystical Mayan ruins follows, after which you will be free to wander around at your leisure.

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Isla Mujeres Trimaran Cruise

Take a catamaran cruise to the beautiful tropical island of Isla Mujeres. This laid-back, peaceful retreat is the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of Cancun. Sit back with a drink and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery as you cruise along, stopping at a coral reef national park for an hour of guided snorkelling. After a delicious buffet lunch you will sail to the island’s best shopping zone in Isla Mujeres – ideal for picking up souvenirs.

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Cancun Submarine and Optional Snorkelling Tour

This exciting experience combines an exhilarating cruise through a mangrove swamp, a submarine-style glass bottom boat ride and an afternoon of snorkelling. You’ll start by boarding a reef shuttle boat and winding through the mangrove maze of Nichupte Lagoon. Then climb aboard the Sub See Explorer for a magical underwater journey through Punta Nizuc, the world’s second largest coral reef. See an amazing array of marine creatures and maybe even glimpse a dolphin. An unforgettable experience awaits with optional snorkelling.

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Coba Ruins Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya

Leave the pace of Cancun or the Riviera Maya behind and take a day trip to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Coba. Enjoy breathtaking jungle views from the top of the 140 feet-high pyramid. Explore Coba at your own pace or with an expert guide. You’ll then visit an authentic Mayan village, where you will meet the inhabitants and learn about Mexican traditions. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit, as you’ll also stop at a cenote for a refreshing dip.

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Cancun Duck Tour

Board an amphibious duck boat for a ride around the mangroves of Nichupte Lagoon and guided tour of awe-inspiring Mayan ruins. On this exciting journey you’ll drive through Cancun’s city streets and straight into Nichupte Lagoon – in the same vehicle. Enjoy stunning views while cruising through the lagoon’s turquoise waters. Back on dry land, you’ll head to the ancient ruins of El Rey. Be sure to bring your camera for some amazing photo opportunities. Five departure times are available.

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When best to go?

Prepare for the weather in Cancun before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
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Average monthly rainfall (mm)
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Average daily sunshine (hours)
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Mexico’s Mayan past

High Life Magazine

Mexico’s Mayan past

Simon Calder takes on Mexico’s Mayan trail, taking in boutique cabanas and ancient cuisine along the way.

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