Cancun is known as one of the party capitals of the world, but this Mexican city is more than just a spring break destination. Cancun is home to some of the best historical sites in Mexico, and it also has some of the best and most stunning natural locations you could find in North America. Many people shy away from Cancun because of its party or touristy reputation, but you need to look past now because you’re definitely missing out. If you’re finally planning a trip to Cancun and you’re a first time visitor, make sure you don’t forget these top 10 things to do in the area.
1. Chichén Itzá
There’s nothing wrong with experiencing Cancun chronologically, so we won’t blame you if you want to go back to the ancient times first. Chichén Itzá is a large Mayan archaeological site being that it was one of the main hubs of Mayan civilization back then. While it may get touristy majority of the time because of its popularity, it’s definitely worth a glimpse considering that it’s the most notable landmark on the Yucatán.
2. Isla Mujeres
There aren’t that many things to do on this 4-mile island, but there’s enough to keep you entertained for the entire day. Apart from the pristine beaches, you could go around discovering the island via a golf cart or a scooter rental. There is a small downtown area where you can have access to some activities such as a pool, zip lining, and the like.
3. Playa Tortugas
If you’re more of the beach type, then you should head on straight for Playa Tortugas. The sands here are clean and soft, and the atmosphere is completely relaxed. There are also plenty of places where you could have an evening full of dining or dancing. You could also have access to Isla Mujeres from this location. You could easily spend an entire day here just lounging by the beach. You’ll have access to umbrellas and chairs ever you decide to.
4. El Rey Ruins
While it may not be as popular as Chichén Itzá, the El Rey Ruins have other things going for it. It’s actually nice that it’s not as touristy; you’ll never see the same kind of busy crowds you would otherwise. These ruins are a little bit more accessible as well. They’re quite convenient because they’re located closer to the hotel zone.
5. Playa Delfines
You might think that you probably don’t need another beach option. However, the opposite is actually true. Every beach in Cancun has something different to offer, and Playa Delfines is not like the standard beaches of the area. The beach is mostly underdeveloped, so you’ll never experience a large influx of tourists. However, you’ll also won’t have access to drinks or snacks, so make sure you enough to last you the entire time you’re there.
6. Playa Marlin
This beach is also right at the heart of Hotel zone, so you can literally walk to the beach. There’s something about the brilliant blue waters in the area that’s just perfectly matched with the white sands. This public beach is the perfect place to lay under the sun, especially considering the waters are a little too rough for swimming.
7. Coco Bongo Cancun
If you’re looking for premiere nightlife in the area, Coco Bongo Cancun is the place to be. This is the epitome of nightlife in this little party city, with performers such as acrobats, live bands, and more. If you’re feeling up to partying, the cocktails here will absolutely not disappoint.
8. Delphinus Punta Cancun
There’s only one place to swim with dolphins at Cancun, and that’s at Delphinus Punta Cancun. The business has different types of programs that include a different kind of interaction with dolphins
9. Torre Escenica
This Scenic Tower offers some of the best views of Cancun. It also helps that the tower itself rotates. Watch the sunset when you can or simply enjoy all the views that this tower has to give—that includes the Riviera Maya and the Caribbean Sea. You might even catch a glimpse of Cozumel on a bright day.
10. Avenida Kukulkan
This may be a road, but it’s the main road on Cancun, and it’s lined with restaurants, shopping stores, or any other establishment that you will definitely want to visit. When buildings don’t line the road, it’s definitely lined with palm trees and coconut trees. It’s the perfect road to jog on, ride the scooter on, or even walk on to really take in the Cancun atmosphere and vibe.