Things to do in Cancun
It comes off a little creepy, but Cancun Underwater Museum is worth checking out. Local sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor deliberately placed hundreds of statues resembling members of the local community in the shallow waters of Cancun National Marine Park off the coast of Isla de Mujeres and Cancun. The idea is that the ocean life will eventually take over the sculptures, made with pH-neutral marine concrete, and they will change over time.
Playa Tortugas, or Turtle Beach, is definitely up there with Cancun's most popular beaches. A great party vibe is in the air here with lots of bars and even bungy jumping on offer. There’s almost always a game of beach volleyball to join in, then cool off in the crystal-clear waters and watch the sunset with a cold cerveza in hand at one of nearby cocktail bars.
Head 122 kilometres south of Cancun to the open sea aquarium of Xel-ha Eco Park. An aquatic theme park and ecological reserve in one, Xel-Ha is a great place to spend a sunny day swimming and having fun. Within the park you can swim with dolphins, go snorkelling with over 90 marine species in a natural aquarium or float along the Xel-Ha River. Those looking for an adrenalin rush can get a dose of it by jumping off the Stone of Courage. More above-water fun can also be enjoyed at the Tripachanga rope walk and the Salpichanga flying fox here.
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Mexico's most famous Mayan ruins are that of Chichen Itza, located in the municipality of Tinum near Cancun. Dating back to 600 AD, the ruins were once a large pre-Columbian city built by the Mayan civilisation.
A top Yucatan Peninsula beach spot in Mexico that's close to Cancun and a celeb magnet, Tulum’s drawcard, other than its white sand and turquoise water, is its dramatically situated seaside Mayan ruins.
Known as the Sacred Blue Cenote, Il-Kil is the most famous of the Yucatan Peninsula's 7,000-odd swimming holes or cenotes. This sacred sinkhole space trails with vines leading into clear blue water for a experience that's certainly spiritually cleansing!
The Island of Women (Isla Mujeres) is your island escape from the craziness of Cancun with plenty of space to chill out, dive, snorkel and soak up the sun in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.
Downtown Cancun, or El Centro, is the spot to rendezvous and immerse yourself in a Cancun that's world's away from the touristy hotel strip. Head here for authentic meals, ancient ruins and local handicrafts.