These are the best attractions and activities in Cancun

Cancun may have gorgeous balmy weather, white sand beaches and turquoise Caribbean waters, but this world-class vacation destination is more than just a place to work on your tan.

Visitors can explore ancient Mayan ruins, travel to dreamy tropical islands, experience the underwater wonders of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, fly high above the jungle canopy, swim in underground rivers or party the evening away during a lively boat tour of Mexican culture.

Cancun's tours and activities provide memories that will last a lifetime.

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

Aquaworld Cancun
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Aquaworld Cancun is a PADI Dive Center that teaches scuba classes, but it also happens to be one of the largest and most reputable companies for fishing excursions, dive trips, and other water sports and 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

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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...  Read More

Carey Dive Center
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Carey Dive Center is located on Isla Mujeres (Island of Women). They offer scuba diving, PADI diving courses, snorkeling, fishing, whale shark tours and cenote visits. This is one of the most well-established and experienced dive shops on the...  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 over two miles of zip lines, amphibious vehicles and underground rivers that feature amazing...  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 and an aquarium, as well as places where you can view...  Read More

Isla Mujeres
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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