Ancient Mayan Ruins, Dreamy Tropical Islands and Unforgettable Tours in Cancun

Cancun is certainly paradise for beach lovers and sun worshippers, but it is also a little slice of heaven for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and thrill-seekers.

During a Cancun vacation, a day trip to tropical island Isla Mujeres is a must. Tulum is another dreamy place to spend a day at the beach. Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve, a protected, unspoiled natural wonderland, is less than two hours from Cancun.

One of the world’s largest coral reefs, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, is located in the Caribbean waters off the shores of the Yucatan Peninsula. Close proximity to the massive reef, coupled with crystal-clear water which provides excellent visibility, makes the region a hot spot for scuba divers and snorkelers. The opening of Cancun’s Underwater Museum, a unique, underwater attraction that features hand-made sculptures is also a big hit with divers and snorkelers. Aquaworld provides tours of all scuba and snorkeling sites in the area.

Swimming with whale sharks, who are in the area from mid-May to mid-September, is an unforgettable experience. Carey Dive Center, located on Isla Mujeres, can make it happen. 

Chichen Itza, Tulum and other Mayan ruin sites can be found throughout the entire Yucatan Peninsula. Tours are available to most sites. You can also learn a bit about Mexican and Mayan culture and local flora and fauna by visiting the eco-parks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha. Xoximilco provides a lively evening of Mexican music, culture and cuisine.

There truly is fun for everyone in Cancun. 

If you are looking for spectacular virgin beaches, look no further than the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, A UNESCO World Heritage Site located south of Tulum, which includes more than a million acres, numerous habitats and 23 archaeological...  Read More

Aquaworld Cancun
Photo courtesy of Aquaworld

Aquaworld Cancun is a PADI Dive Center and teaches scuba classes, but it also happens to be one of the largest and most reputable companies for fishing excursions, dive trips, and other watersports & activities, like swimming with dolphins....  Read More

Xochimilco is a popular tourist attraction in central Mexico, and now Experiencias Xcaret has created its own version right in Cancun, just five minutes from the airport. At Xoximilco (the "ch" changed to an "x") visitors enjoy the best of...  Read More

Another popular Mayan ruin site, Tulum is located a bit closer to Cancun than Chichen Itza, roughly 2 hours south. This is a smaller site and can be seen in about an hour but it's worth the trip simply for the breathtaking views. The Mayans knew...  Read More

Carey Dive Center
Photo courtesy of Carey Dive Center

Carey Dive Center is located on Isla Mujeres (Island of Women). They offer scuba diving, PADI diving courses, snorkeling, fishing, whale shark tours and Isla Contoy and cenote visits. This is one of the most well-established and experienced dive...  Read More


This eco-park is part of the Experiencias Xcaret family (Xcaret, Xplor, Xenotes, Xoximilco). Xel-Ha boasts the "largest, most beautiful natural aquarium in the world". You can swim in grottos & cenotes (natural sinkholes)and see local sea...  Read More


Chichen Itza is by far the largest and most impressive Mayan archaeological ruins site in the region. It was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. If you only have time to take one sightseeing excursion while on vacation,...  Read More

Xplor is a natural eco adventure park located in the Riviera Maya, just south of Playa del Carmen, and is part of the Xcaret family. Activites include 14 zip lines, amphibious vehicles, and underground rivers that feature amazing stalactites and...  Read More

Pronounced "Sh-car-ret", this eco-archaeological park is filled with Mexican and Mayan flavor, color, music, nature and culture. Inside the park there is a butterfly pavilion, an aviary, an aquarium, as well as places where you can view...  Read More

Isla Mujeres
Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse

It only takes a 15 minute boat ride to travel to one of the most popular day trip destinations near Cancun; Isla Mujeres. The island's popularity is largely due to its dreamy beaches and laid back island feeling. You can book a tour with one of...  Read More


Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin