Things to do in Cancún
Get Your Bearings in Cancún
Avoid: Swimming at night or under the influence of alcohol. Cancun's waters are beautiful but they can also be dangerous.
Hot Tips: A visit to Isla Mujeres, a charming tropical island just off the coast of Cancun, is a must.
Hot Tips: You can find some great deals if you visit Cancun during "low season" (April, May, September, October, November).
Hot Tips: The concierge in your hotel may be able to provide you with coupons for local restaurants.
Be Sure to Sample: Mole poblano: a traditional Mexican sauce which contains, among other things, chocolate and chili peppers.
Avoid: Don't drink to the point that you become unaware of what is going on around you and don't purchase illegal substances.
Hot Tips: Visit Cancun's newest mall, Marina Town Center, located at km. 1.5.
Best Local Souvenir: A crisp guayabera (traditional wedding shirt) for a man or a huipil (embroidered shirt/dress) for a woman.
Things to do in Cancún
Cancún is known for...
1. Beautiful Beaches:
With nearly fourteen miles of white sand beaches, you’ll have no trouble finding a prime piece of real estate on which to park your lounge chair or beach towel. In addition to being pretty, the white sand is also cool to the touch. That means you won’t burn your feet in the sand, even in the hot Summer months. Roughly half of Cancun’s beaches were refurbished in early 2010 and they are still incredibly wide, gorgeous and waiting for you.
2. Turquoise Water:
Cancun’s hotel zone is situated so that it faces two bodies of water, the Bay of Mujeres and the Caribbean Sea. Both bodies of water have shades of blue, aqua, and turquoise so rich and vivid that they cannot, adequately, be duplicated. The water changes color throughout the day, as the sun moves across the sky. Photographs and videos give you a very good idea of how amazingly beautiful the area is but you have to see it in person to get the full impact. And, when you do, it will take your breath away. Be warned…once people lay their eyes on the turquoise waters of Cancun, they instantly fall in love with the area and feel compelled to return year after year.
3. Mayan Ruins:
Only a couple of small Mayan ruins can be found in Cancun, but the city is the gateway to the Mayan empire. Major sites of Mayan ruins, like Chichen Itza and Tulum can be visited on day-trips from Cancun. Chichen Itza, a “must-see” attraction for anyone visiting the Yucatan Peninsula, was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, in 2007. In stark contrast to Chichen Itza, which is located deep in the jungle, the ruins of Tulum are on the coast, with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. It was once a major port for the Mayan people but, when you visit Tulum and see the spectacular view, you have to wonder if the Mayans chose that spot simply for its immense beauty.
The Yucatan Peninsula has many sustainable hotels (more and more each year), eco-parks and nature preserves. Xcaret and Xel-Ha are two incredibly popular ecological parks where you can experience Mexican culture, as well as see local flora and fauna. Hotels and independent facilities work to protect sea turtles and their eggs.
Cancun was founded in 1970 and, in the eighties, it gained the reputation of being a “party town”. The city has tried to shed this image, but outrageous nightlife can be found in any of Cancun’s major nightclubs. Most of the clubs, and many fun, open-air bars, are located in an area of the hotel zone that is simply known as “Party Center”. You can’t walk more than a few yards in “Party Center” without finding a great party, where people are dancing on the tables or bar, drinking out of yard glasses, and doing shots of tequila. A conga line can break out at any time.