We know that the city of Cancun is one of the most popular destinations in Mexico, its beaches, its restaurants, its tours and its unstoppable life both day and night make it an irresistible place and now we will tell you what to do in Cancun
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The city of Cancun is surrounded by 21 kilometers of beaches, with fine white sand, which is very attractive for vacations.
However, the city is close to other attractions that have marked it as part of its tourist offer, such as Isla Mujeres, Chichen Itza, Xcaret, among other more than 100 tourist attractions in Cancun.
In short, there are a lot of things to do in Cancun and to help you make the right choice, we have written this mega guide of places to see, things to do and travel recommendations to Cancun.
Things to do in Cancun
We will start our list of things to do in Cancun talking about its beaches, then we will know its restaurants, we will know its clubs, tour offers and nearby places
Cancun has the privilege of having 21 kilometers of beaches, some of which have calm waves, while others are ideal for extreme sports.
The truth is that it is part of its charm and getting to know some of them should be part of your itinerary.
Below we will list some of the Cancun beaches that you should visit during your visit to the city.
- Las Perlas Beach
- Linda Beach
- Gaviota Beach
- Casa Maya Beach
- Langosta Beach
- Tortuga Beach
- Caracol Beach
- Beach Forum
- Marlin Beach
- Delfines Beach
Each one of these beaches has its own characteristics, some have bars, restaurants, palapas and umbrellas nearby, others are ideal to visit with children and in some others you will be able to carry out diverse activities like driving a jet ski.
The truth is that knowing some of the beaches should be on your list of things to do in Cancun.
Another thing you can do in Cancun is visit its plazas. Some years ago, the most popular square in the city was Plaza las Americas.
However, with the constant growth and innovation, many more have come out and have become tourist landmarks for their offer of national, international and global branded products.
Of course, the same is true for its restaurants and activities. For example, in Plaza La Isla you can rent a boat or an aquatic engine.
Below we will give you a list of the best places in Cancun.
- Plaza las Americas
- The Great Square
- Plaza Puerto Cancun
- Caracol Square
- La Isla Square
- Forum Square
- Kukulcan Square
Apart from the beaches and plazas, another thing you can do in Cancun, mainly at night, is to visit its night clubs.
There are antros in the center of the city, however most visitors prefer to be in the Hotel Zone Antros Zone (Kilometer 10) The reason? The antros are very close to each other and it will be very easy for you to go to another place.
Now we will leave you with a list of the best antros in town and what has to be on your list of places to go in Cancun.
- Coco Bongo
- The City
- Carlos and Charly’s
- SR Frong
- The vakita
Another activity you can’t miss in the city and enjoy a delicious meal in one of its restaurants.
The main gastronomy that we find in Cancun, are elaborated with products of the sea, like the lobster, fish and shrimps.
In second place we have the Mexican food that consists of tacos, tortas, salbutes, tamales, beans, among others.
Italian, French and Spanish food is also present in the gastronomy of Cancun and some of the restaurants we recommend visiting are
- Black Rose
- Fish Fritangas
- The Grill
- The Cancun’s rudder
Chichén Itzá is the most visited Archaeological Zone in the state of Yucatán and is not part of the state of Quintana Roo.
However, being an attraction that is part of the Riviera Maya, it is “sold” as a tour in Cancun.
To make this point clear. Cancun has 4 archaeological zones that are not very well known, but if they are part of the city and should be on your list of things to see in Cancun, know them.
- El Meco
- Ruins of the King
- San Miguel Ruins
- Scorpion Temple
It should be noted that Isla Mujeres, a municipality near Cancun has an archaeological site that pays homage to the goddess Xtche, the Mayan goddess of fertility and if you go to Isla Mujeres, you can take advantage of this opportunity to get to know her.
Tour and Activities
Before going into this topic it is necessary to mention that there are a lot of tours and activities that ARE NOT PART OF CANCUN, but due to the proximity that the city has with these places and attractions, it is sold as if they were part of the city.
To cite one example: Chichen Itza Cancun Tour. Chichen Itza is part of the state of Yucatan and is part of the “Riviera Maya”. This area is very visited and frequented by millions of visitors every year.
But it is only 3 hours away from the city of Cancun. Another example could be the tours to Xcaret Cancun.
Xcaret’s natural park is located at the exit of Playa del Carmen city and not Cancun.
The question then is what are the activities we can do in Cancun?
Visit the nightclubs, visit the restaurants, drive a motorcycle or watercraft, go fishing, swim / dive on the beaches, climb the scenic tower, visit the squares and archaeological sites make up the list of activities that are of Cancun.
Isla Mujeres is a small island located only 30 minutes from Cancun, to get there you must take a ferry, as there are no roads to cross.
Due to its proximity to Cancun, it is added to the list of activities you can do and now we will list some of them.
- Snorkeling / Diving in Musa
- Visit Playa Norte
- Meet the Dolphinarium
- Spend a day in Garrafon
- Getting to know Punta Sur
- Rent a yacht / boat
- Driving a Golf Cart
Puerto Morelos is the entrance to the Riviera Maya, we find it only 30 minutes from Cancun traveling by car. It is a quiet place to explore its beaches and cenotes.
Here you will find:
- Cenotes Route
- Snorkeling in the reefs
- Botanical Park
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is the heart of the hotel zone and the place where you will find most of the main attractions of the region, such as
Besides having several beaches nearby, some virgin, others very crowded and others secret and without a doubt, knowing and exploring this place must be one of the things you have to do in Cancun.
As you may realize, the city of Cancun has a lot of offers to do and see, however some of them are not part of the city, but what does it really matter? As long as your vacation is great in Cancun, everything will be perfect.