Top attractions in Cancún
Stunning beaches and a thriving nightlife are Cancun's main attractions, but it would be foolish to limit yourself in a city that offers visitors so much! From ancient ruins to top restaurants and wildlife, here are a few of the highlights.
Isla Contoy is a nature reserve and home to many birds, plants, and turtles. Tours are usually led by a biologist and end with snorkelling off its pristine shoreline!
This renowned archaeological site is the most essential item on any Cancun sightseeing list. The restored pyramid at its heart crowns an iconic city from Mayan mythology.
The Yucatan's vast groundwater sinkholes were considered portals to the underworld by the ancient Maya. Few are as famous as Ik Kil, which is open for public swimming!
Snorkel through this incredible museum at the Aquaworld scuba-diving center – home to hundreds of submerged sculptures and the world's largest artificial coral reef!
Climb the 130 steps to the top of the Mayan pyramid, and look out over the ruins of an ancient city that was once the grave enemy of Chichen Itza!
There's plenty for the whole family to enjoy at this ecotourism hotspot. Swim with dolphins, manatees, and stingrays when you're not relaxing amid the spectacular scenery!
The "Two Eyes" cenote system still hasn't been completely explored, but the parts that have offer crystal-clear waters and a lot of natural light – perfect for snorkelling!
It's only a 15-minute boat ride to the "Island of Women," where visitors can enjoy the uncluttered beaches, tour the lively town on a golf cart, or go swimming with dolphins!
Stretched over more than a million acres, Sian Ka'an boasts numerous archaeological sites and wildlife habitats, as well as gorgeous beaches that must be accessed via the jungle!
Don't have time for Chichen Itza or Coba? Then head to Tulum. The ruins aren't quite as impressive, but it's closer and there are lots of great open-air restaurants downtown!
Peak season is December to April, with near-perfect weather drawing the larger crowds. Though spring, summer, and fall may offer more enticing vacation deals and hotel rates, the summers are punishingly hot and the fall months often stormy.
With so many immersive activities and attractions, you'll want to spend at least a week in Cancun to make the most of your visit!
The official currency of Mexico's eastermost city is, of course, the Mexican peso. However, American dollars are widely accepted in the tourist areas. Either way it isn't hard to find a bank or exchange house that will swap whatever cash you came with.
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- Best time to visit
- Summer is peak season, so delay your visit to September through November, when you'll still enjoy good weather, but fewer crowds. Just remember, the light drizzle is ever-present!
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What people are saying about Cancún
The guide is very informative and very helpful. The tour is enjoyable, however, Coba is closed early this due to pandemic, after traveling 1 1/2 hours form Ik Kil we were informed that Coba was closed. As part of the tour I hoped the company should have been knowledgeable of the open hours before putting the tour on the website. We ended up going to Playa del Carmen for shopping. It’s no Pyramid but it’s still ok.
Excellent tour. Our guide Angel was amazing. Love every single stop. My favorite taco was the El pastor but every single one was amazing. My sister was very impress. It was her birthday and Angel got her mariachi at one of our stop to sing Las mañanitas. Thank you very much. I am playing on coming back to Cancun and doing this tour again.
This was an awesome tour. The whole staff went above and beyond for everyone on board. The snorkeling was awesome and they took some awesome pictures of us! Once we got to Isla Mujeres, the experience and culture was awesome! Would recommend this trip to everyone! Wing set joluga was our boat!
It was a long day, but worth it. Our guide spoke English very well and gave us a great tour. The lunch buffet was very delicious. The one annoying part at the ruins were all the vendors trying to get you to purchase their goods.
Since our guide was a Mayan descendant, it really added a personal touch to the tour. Lunch was delicious. I loved seeing the ruins, but I especially enjoyed the visit to an authentic Mayan family.