Many have wondered about the true meaning of this city located in southeastern Mexico. While some translations hint towards ‘nest of snakes’, others say that the name Cancun means ‘place of the golden snake’. But whichever version you choose, this snake pit located on the Caribbean shore is sure to give you the best blend of culture and nightlife the world can offer. We have shortlisted some of the best locations and made of list of things to do in Cancun, so you don’t miss the best that the city of Cancun has to offer.
Amazing things to do in Cancun
Snorkeling In the Underwater Museum
Dive in to witness over 470 underwater statues located beside the Manchones reef area. This area ranges from the coast of Cancun to Isla Mujeres. The sculptures which you should see are Man on Fire, Dream Collector, The Cross of the Bay, El Bacab, Anthropocene, The Promise and more. This is definitely worth an addition to your bucket list of ‘things to do in Cancun’. After you cover this area, head over to El Farito to continue your excursion. But lifeless statues aren’t all that you will see. Watch the ocean come alive with schools of fish, stingrays, turtles and more.
No list can be complete without visiting Chichén Itzá- a large Mayan archaeological site and arguably the most notable landmark of the place. The site was a main hub of the Mayan civilization and has been awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status. So be prepared to face a hoard of the crowd because this place is always crawling with tourists looking to capture this wonder of the world. But the patience and time spent is well worth it.
If you want to avoid the crowd then visiting during the early morning hours are recommended. It is also advised that you put on a hat along with appropriate footwear so that you will be prepared for the legwork needed in the tour. Chichén Itzá is quite far from Cancun, so booking a tour guide who will explain all the cultural significance will be worth your time.
Swim in a cenote
Cenotes are naturally occurring swimming holes which are created when limestone rock collapses. Boasting of nearly 7000 of them, Mexico is the prime location to take a dip. So take a car and drive over to Ik Kil cenote, which is about a two-hour drive from Cancun. But diving into the chilly water isn’t all that you will be doing as there are enormous caves and lush jungle foliage to admire as well. Here’s a pro tip: This cenote is near Chichén Itzá so you can optimize your holiday and see both within a day. Diving and nature lovers should not miss adding Cenotes in their list of things to do in Cancun.
Shopping in local markets
Head towards Mercado 28, a 100 shop market located in downtown Cancun. Here you will be able to avoid the designer labels and seep into something artisan made. You will find everything from hand-painted pottery to embroidered pillows. This is a great place to get your souvenirs and gifts from.
After days of whirlwind site seeing and shopping, take some time out for yourself and head over to Playa Tortugas to relax and sink your feet in its cool sands and calm water. If you want some adventure too, then Tortugas has got you covered with its pier, from where you will be able to bungee jump. Located on the northern part of Cancun 7, there are also several open-air restaurants which make for great evening dining. Here you will be able to taste the Cancun delicacies before you head on over to your hotel to rest.
Snorkel with Whale Sharks
Contrary to popular belief, adult whale sharks are docile and harmless to humans in spite of their immense size (almost the size of a school bus). The younger pups are just playful and curious. Keep a note that shark season stretches from June through September and that there are similar safety procedures throughout:
- Divers will be allowed two or three at a time.
- Everyone will be allowed around five minutes each
- Normally each guest will get three to four swims over the course of the tour.
Snorkel gear is generally included in the rate as well so you don’t have to worry about it. Also, a pro tip: If possible book a private tour since it will allow you more time in the water than just tagging along with a larger group.
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Day Trip to Tulum
Tulum is a great blend of bohemian styles, sparkling blue cenotes, fantastic beaches and Mayan ruins. Located around an hour and a half South of Cancun, you can start off your time here with a beachfront yoga before proceeding to have a filling Mexican breakfast. Then head on over to view the Ruins of Tulum before the sun gets high. Also, if you love a challenge then instead of reaching the ruins through the highway near Artisan Mall, swim up from Santa Fe Beach. After a guided tour at the ruins, cool off in Tulum’s cenotes- like Gran Cenote, Dos Ojos, and Yal Ku. Many of these cenotes have an active marine life full of colorful tropical fishes and sea turtles.
If you want an adventurous holiday then heading over to Cancun- full of its natural and cultural magic, is definitely the easy and best choice. Hope you liked our selection of locations listed in things to do in Cucan and will travel there soon.