Cancun Outdoor Activities: Feel the Tropical Sun on Your Skin

Cancun is the perfect place for outdoor activites. It's warm, sunny and the area is packed with natural and manmade wonders that are begging to be explored.

Speaking of explore... Xplor is an eco adventure park located just south of Playa del Carmen where visitors fly high above the ground on zip lines and swim below the Earth's surface in underground rivers. Spend time outdoors where the ancient Mayans did, at Tulum archaeological site, which is located on an indescribably beautiful Caribbean beach. At Xel-Ha, visitors can "snorkel, fly, relax or discover". 

To escape bustling Cancun, travel to unspoiled Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, more than a million acres of protected land, or hop a boat to bird sanctuary Isla Contoy, where there is a limit on how many people can visit per day. Discover cenotes (spectacular fresh water sinkholes) through kayaking, zip lining, snorkeling, rappelling at Xenotes.

If swimming with sea turtles in Akumal is on your bucket list, Aventuras Mayas can help. To experience the beauty of what lies below the surface of the Caribbean, book at tour with Aquaworld. For the experience of a lifetime, swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Discovery.

Forget lying on the beach and work on your tan while enjoying these outdoor activities in Cancun.



You'll feel the excitement building during the boat ride from Cancun to Isla Mujeres as you gaze out over the crystal clear aqua blue Caribbean waters while sipping coffee and enjoying a light breakfast. When you arrive at Dolphin Discovery...  Read More



Community Tours Sian Kaan is an eco-tourism organization that provides tours in the pristine Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve, the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean (1.6 million acres). What makes this enterprise so special, is that...  Read More



The entire Yucatan Peninsula (the region of Mexico where Cancun is located) is made of pourous limestone. Below the surface freshwater underground rivers flow. When the limestone collapses the water is exposed partially or totally and a...  Read More

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Isla Contoy
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To get away from it all, spend the day on Isla Contoy, an uninhabited island that is a nature preserve. The island is approximately 26.5 miles from Cancun and can easily be visited on a day trip. Isla Contoy is filled with various species of...  Read More

Aquaworld Cancun
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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



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



Aventuras Mayas was created to show tourists the beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula through tours and excursions. They are fully dedicated to the development of sustainable tourism in the area. They offer tours to Tulum, the ancient Mayan...  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

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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 knew...  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


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