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Try something new in Cancun

There is an incredible amount to do and see in the Yucatan Peninsula – where a glittering, bustling metropolis meets the relaxed Caribbean coastline. Whether you are looking for a tranquil beach holiday, epic nightlife or age-old culture, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Cancun.

Seek out an exhilarating adventure in some of the world’s most diverse terrain, snorkel in glistening waters, feed crocodiles and visit ancient pyramids. Relax on sun-drenched stretches of sand, drink cocktails by the pool, or swim in a cenote. Find luxury goods at chic shopping malls, or buy handmade arts and crafts at eclectic boutiques. Party the night away in riotous bars and clubs, before heading for delicious Bloody Marys on the beach the next morning.

Cancun beaches

Cancun beaches

Unwind on powder-soft white sands and bathe in exquisite 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 drinking piña coladas at Playa del Carmen’s idyllic Xcalacoco Beach.

Nature/adventure in Cancun

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 – an eco-park designed for adventure. Meet monkeys and feed crocodiles at Crococun Zoo. Whizz over jungle trees on a zip wire at the exhilarating Xplor.

Cancun nightlife

Nightlife in Cancun

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 – though not for the fainthearted. Whizz down the pool waterslide and sip mojitos at Señor Frog’s. Dance to an eclectic mix of sounds featuring laser shows at top nightspot Dady’O in the centre of Hotel Zone.

Cultural Cancun

Cultural Cancun

Marvel at the incredible El Castillo pyramid at Chichén Itzá - one of the world’s seven wonders. Visit the awe-inspiring walled city of Tulúm in its stunning defensive 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. Cancun is the gateway to the ancient Mayan world.

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 VIP treatment on your shopping experience on Luxury Avenue. Browse the ever-evolving boutiques and markets in Playa del Carmen’s cosmopolitan Fifth Avenue. Shop at Forum by the Sea then stay to dance at the world-famous Coco Bongo club – a sight to behold.

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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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 Submarine and Optional Snorkelling Tour

Combine an exciting boat cruise through a mangrove swamp, a ride on a submarine-style glass bottomed boat ride, and an afternoon of snorkelling amongst coral reefs. A great day out for the family – spend the day on an adventure above and below the Caribbean Sea. Boat, submarine and snorkelling – hope you don’t mind getting a bit wet. Glide past brightly-coloured coral, tropical fish and perhaps a shark or two. The reef is home to more than 300 species, all vying for their place amongst the reef.

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Take a day trip out to the brilliant Wet n’ Wild – the only waterpark in Cancun. Just inside the Hotel Zone, you will be treated to attractions like Bumper Boats, Wave Pool and Lazy River. Then onto the high-octane Kamikaze, Twister and Bubba Tub slides – an adventure for all the family. Entrance tickets include a delicious lunch, such as burgers, pizza or pasta, and a full day of fun in the sun. Surrounded by the lush jungles of Cancun, this is the ideal kids’ treat.

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Red flowers

Shiver me timbers. Become an infamous Pirate of the Caribbean for one night only on this fun and entertaining dinner cruise. Sail out on the Jolly Roger – an impressive replica galleon based on Columbus’ Santa Maria – out into the Caribbean Sea. Join in the pirate adventure and watch their antics aboard this magnificent ship, watch a swashbuckling show complete with cannon fire (well, fireworks). Then a hearty dinner of lobster, steak and wine – then dance the night away in true buccaneer style. Exciting fun for all the family.

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The Urban Reef in Cancun's underwater museum

Cancun's underwater museum MUSA moves into a detached dwelling, BA High Life arranges a viewing.

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