Best Tours and Excursions in Cancún

Create Amazing Memories with Cancun Tours and Excursions

If lounging on the beach with a tropical drink in hand for a week straight is not your idea of a vacation, then escape the resort for awhile and experience the best of what Cancun and the Riviera Maya have to offer. There are activities, tours and excursions available to suit all tastes. During each of these tours you will experience a little of the rich history, colorful culture, love of celebration and natural beauty that Mexico has to offer.

How about a pirate battle at sea? Work on the best tan of your life sailing on a catamaran to a tropical Caribbean island, or conquer the catch of the day on a deep sea fishing excursion. You may be accompanied by a school of leaping dolphins! Take a day trip to the pristine Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve, or fly high above the jungle canopy on a zip line.

Explore what's "under the sea" while snorkeling with sea turtles in Akumal. Tropical nights heat up with a party cruise to Isla Mujeres or a romantic sail complete with a lobster dinner. If you prefer dry land and daylight, visit an ancient Mayan ruins site.

No matter which you choose, the memories you create on these tours and excursions will endure long after your vacation is over.



It's party time! You'll have a drink in your hand as you leave Cancun on this colorful all-inclusive evening party cruise to a private beach club on Isla Mujeres. This tour is all about dancing and having fun. Latino culture abounds in the contests, buffet dinner and show, which features Salsa, Rumba, Merengue, and other rhythms. Don't worry, things don't get too wild, the entire family is invited. Caribbean Carnaval also has a pirate version of this evening tour. Another option is a day cruise to the island, also suitable for all ages. Spend the day on the beach sipping frozen margaritas or playing volleyball, try the waterslide or explore the island's colorful downtown shops.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: There is never a dull moment on a Caribbean Carnaval excursion. This is tropical fun in the sun or under the stars.

Kristin's expert tip: If you go on the day cruise, wear light colored comfortable clothing over your bathing suit and reapply sunscreen often.

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If you're looking for romance in Cancun, you will find it on the Lobster Dinner Cruise. The Spanish Galleon Columbus will tour the calm waters of Nichupte lagoon while you watch the sunset and listen to the smooth sounds of a live saxophone player. Next, sit back and cuddle with your partner and gaze at the twinkling lights of the Hotel Zone. A national open bar is included and your choice of surf n' turf, steak, lobster, or a vegetarian meal. This tour is perfect for a special anniversary celebration or maybe even a proposal. You and your significant other will treasure the memories of this unforgettable romantic evening.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: There's no excursion in Cancun that is more romantic than the Lobster Dinner Cruise.

Kristin's expert tip: Bring a light sweater or jacket. It gets chilly on the lagoon after the sun goes down.

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Aventuras Mayas was created to show tourists the beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula through tours and excursions. Their motto is "avoid the crowds", guaranteeing that you will never encounter large groups of people during their tours. They are fully dedicated to the development of sustainable tourism in the area. They offer tours to Tulum, the ancient Mayan archaeological site, and zip lining excursions, cenote rappelling, and snorkeling in cenotes and Yal-Ku lagoon in Akumal. Aventuras Mayas has high quality and safety standards and follows strict sustainable practices as well. Aventuras Mayas also offers visits to Cenote Chukum near Valladolid, Yucatan.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: Aventuras Mayas offers exciting sustainable excursions that educate visitors about the region and its history.

Kristin's expert tip: Try the Snorkel Xtreme package where you'll zip line, repel and snorkel in a cenote and in Yal-Ku lagoon.

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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 Mexican cuisine, music and culture while riding on "trajineras", colorfully decorated gondola-like boats. All courses and aguas frescas (fresh fruit drinks), beer, tequila and soft drinks are included. The tour culminates with all trajineras gathering together for a lively party. This is a fun, one-of-a kind tour that hightlights the best that Mexico has to offer.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: Xoximilco is an enchanting evening of Mexican music, food and culture.

Kristin's expert tip: Use the restroom right before the tour begins, as there isn't a bathroom on board. However, there is one restroom stop.

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Sail the high seas on a replica of an 18th century Spanish Galleon for dinner, drinks, and an exciting pirate battle. This tour departs from the Embaradero (right next to the big bridge in the Hotel Zone)every evening at 7 pm. Your pirate hosts will welcome you aboard and the fun begins immediately with drinks, games and pirate silliness. After dinner, you'll head back up to the deck and will notice that, uh-oh, another pirate ship is headed straight for yours! A battle ensues. The ship returns to the dock at 10:30pm, a perfect time to head for the nightclubs.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: The Capitan Hook Pirate Dinner Cruise is a blast for the whole family.

Kristin's expert tip: Check in is at 6:30pm but arrive early so you'll have your choice of seats.

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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 they are committed to sustainable tourism, genuine cultural exchange, and providing jobs to locals of Mayan decent. The offer various tours including bird watching, sport fishing, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and exploring archaeological sites. One of the most popular tours is a boat ride on mangrove-surrounded rivers. You can even learn how chewing gum is made.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve must not be missed, and Community Tours Sian Kaan is a convenient and responsible way to see it.

Kristin's expert tip: Spend the extra money on the roundtrip transportation. It's worth it.

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This eco-park is part of the Grupo Xcaret family (Xcaret, Xplor, Xenotes, Xoximilco, Xenses and Xavage). Xel-Ha boasts the "largest, most beautiful natural aquarium in the world." You can swim in grottos & cenotes (natural sinkholes) and see local marine life, explore Mayan ruins, jump off the Cliff of Courage, cross the floating bridge, ride bikes or fly kites. There are plenty of other activities and exhibits to keep you occupied for the entire day or you can simply spend your time relaxing in the sun or napping in a seaside hammock. Xel-Ha also features a delicious buffet restaurant and a children's area.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: Xel-Ha is what you want it to be, a relaxing day or an exciting day in beautiful nature surroundings.

Kristin's expert tip: Combine your tour to Xel-Ha with a stop at the Mayan ruins of Tulum. Tulum can be seen in about an hour, so it won't add much more time to the length of your tour, and it's a great attraction to see.

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Dolphin Discovery
Photo courtesy of Dolphin Discovery

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 complex, the dolphins will greet you by leaping joyfully in the air. After you store your belongings in a locker and don your life jacket, you will receive a short orientation. Finally it will then be time to meet the dolphins. Depending on which swim you have chosen, you may receive a hug or even a kiss from your new marine friends, or be pushed on a boogie board by them. Either way, this tour will create magic memories (and photos) for you and your family.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: Swimming with the dolphins is an amazing experience that you will never forget.

Kristin's expert tip: For the ultimate experience, book Garrafon Park with the Royal Dolphin Swim.

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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 Cancun's largest and most reputable companies for fishing excursions, dive trips, and other watersports & activities, like swimming with dolphins. Day trips to nearby Isla Mujeres are very popular and fun. During the Summer months, when whale sharks migrate to the waters north of Cancun, Aquaworld offers tours to swim with these gentle giants in the open sea. The Skyrider, Aquaworld's version of parasailing, is another enjoyable, once-in-a-lifetime activity that you can try while in Cancun. Traveling with kids? The Sub See Explorer is perfect for little ones or non-swimmers.

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: Aquaworld has tours for the young and old, for the adventurous and not so adventurous.

Kristin's expert tip: Tours fill up fast during peak travel times, spring break, the end of December and summertime. To ensure that you'll be able to take the tours you want, contact Aquaworld to make reservations before you go on vacation.

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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 stalagmites created over millions of years. Recover from all the action in the buffet restaurant which features international favorites or the snacks bar which serve yummy juices, smoothies and cookies. Xplor is the place to find safe adventure in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya. Xplor is not for couch potatoes!

Recommended for Tours and Excursions because: During one day at Xplor you'll go zip-lining, off-roading and explore the underworld. It's totally awesome.

Kristin's expert tip: Wear water shoes and surfing-type clothes, you are going to get wet!

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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