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Top 10 things to do 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.

Contoy Island

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!

Chichen Itza

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.

Ik Kil

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!

Cancún Underwater Museum

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!

Coba

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!

Xel-Ha Park

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!

Dos Ojos

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!

Isla Mujeres

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!

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

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!

Tulum

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!

Planning your Cancún visit

Best time to visit?

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.

How many days?

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!

Which currency?

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.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Mexican Peso (MXN)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +52
  • 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

Great but why so expensive for only 4 hrs?

Too expensive. Some vacationing with me decided not to go because of the expense.

The best! Professional, well organized,!

Hernan was fantastic, showed us great birds. His knowledge of the area and the birds Is excellent! Very professional! Our driver Jose was very kind too, had water and snacks and fresh oranges for us! Pick up was right on time! We had a marvelous time, took great pictures of the birds! Thanks a lot!

Our group of 16 had an excellent time and would love to do it again!

Everything from the boat to the staff to the food, music and activities was absolutely great. Highly recommend this trip!
Cancun Dancer Cruise Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Michael, 09/13/2015

This was well organised. The Staff were friendly and caring.

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Tulum Ruins Full-Day Tour with Hotel Transfers Reviewed by Emily, 05/05/2015

First in line gets the best views and pics

The early pick up is definitely the way to go. We had the best parking spot and no mega tour buses were around yet. We even were walking through before all the vendors were setup. This allowed us to have a quiet, fun and educational visit to Chichen Itza.
Chichen Itza Full-Day Guided Tour from Cancun Reviewed by Alexander, 08/29/2014

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