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.