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Best Things To Do in Cancun

The beaches and nightlife here are key diversions for many Cancún vacationers. But the area also earns praise for cultural activities like Chichén Itzá and the underwater art museum on Isla Mujeres. If there's extra time, consider taking a day trip to nearby Tulum to see some of the best preserved Mayan ruins in all of Mexico.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated June 27, 2018

  • #1
    Chichén Itzá
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    #1 in Cancun
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Chichén Itzá is a large Mayan archaeological site and one of the most notable and recognized landmarks on the Yucatán. The site itself was originally a main hub of Mayan civilization and has since been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The focal point of the ruins is the pyramid-like

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  • #2
    Isla Mujeres
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    #2 in Cancun
    Beaches, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    To escape the frantic beat of Cancún's nightlife and beaches, head to Isla Mujeres (or the Island of Women). There is little to do on this small, 4-mile island just a 20-minute ferry ride from Cancun, but travelers like it that way.

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  • #3
    Playa Tortugas
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    #3 in Cancun
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Widely considered a beach spot for locals, Playa Tortugas is known for its relaxed atmosphere and clean sands. The area also boasts several open-air restaurants that make for great evening dining, according to past visitors. The beach also features a pier, where brave visitors can bungee jump. From here, daily

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  • #4
    El Rey Ruins
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    #4 in Cancun
    Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    While they may not have the awe factor of Chichén Itzá, the El Rey Ruins have convenience on their side. Located in the heart of the Hotel Zone, these ruins are extremely accessible to visitors, and the site's small size makes it easy to see in a short time. Once a

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  • #5
    Playa Delfines
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    #5 in Cancun
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    If you're tired of the standard beaches along the Hotel Zone, try heading to Playa Delfines, which is a largely undeveloped ribbon of sand located near El Rey. Likewise, the beach often lacks the heavy crowds found elsewhere throughout the Hotel Zone. Make sure to bring your own drinks and

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  • #6
    Playa Marlin
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    #6 in Cancun
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Situated in the Hotel Zone about a 5-minute walk from the Kukulcan Plaza shopping mall, Playa Marlin offers a broad stretch of sugar white sand. There's also lifeguards and beach supplies, such as chairs and umbrellas, for rent. 

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  • #7
    Avenida Kukulkan
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    #7 in Cancun
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    Even if you don't seek out Avenida Kukulkan, you'll likely cross its path at least once during your Cancun vacation. That's because Avenida Kukulkan is Cancun's main artery, traveling through the Hotel Zone and stretching from downtown Cancun running south toward the airport. The avenue is lined with pathways and

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  • #8
    Coco Bongo Cancun
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    #8 in Cancun
    Entertainment and Nightlife
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Entertainment and Nightlife
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Considered the spot for nightlife in Cancún, Coco Bongo isn't your traditional, DJ-controlled nightclub. Instead, thousands of travelers pack the house to witness nonstop performances from acrobats, conga lines, live bands and musician impersonators. A typical night at Coco Bongo involves projected videos, balloons, soap bubbles and confetti. 

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  • #9
    Delphinus Punta Cancún
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    #9 in Cancun
    Sightseeing, Swimming/Pools, Zoos and Aquariums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Swimming/Pools, Zoos and Aquariums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Operating out of theHyatt Zivain the Hotel Zone, Delphinus Punta Cancún allows visitors to swim with dolphins. The facility offers multiple programs, each focused on a different type of interaction with the dolphins. For example, the "Dolphin Ride" program allows visitors to swim with the dolphins, while "The One" allows

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  • Torre Escenica
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    Sightseeing
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
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  • Museo Maya de Cancún
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    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums
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    1 to 2 hours
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  • Musa Museo Subacuatico de Arte
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    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Swimming/Pools, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Swimming/Pools, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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