Top attractions in Cancún
Top 10 things to do in Cancún
Stunning beaches and a thriving nightlife are Cancun's main attractions, but it would be foolish to limit yourself in a city that offers visitors so much! From ancient ruins to top restaurants and wildlife, here are a few of the highlights.
1. Contoy Island
Isla Contoy is a nature reserve and home to many birds, plants, and turtles. Tours are usually led by a biologist and end with snorkelling off its pristine shoreline!
2. Chichen Itza
This renowned archaeological site is the most essential item on any Cancun sightseeing list. The restored pyramid at its heart crowns an iconic city from Mayan mythology.
3. Ik Kil
The Yucatan's vast groundwater sinkholes were considered portals to the underworld by the ancient Maya. Few are as famous as Ik Kil, which is open for public swimming!
4. Cancún Underwater Museum
Snorkel through this incredible museum at the Aquaworld scuba-diving center – home to hundreds of submerged sculptures and the world's largest artificial coral reef!
Climb the 130 steps to the top of the Mayan pyramid, and look out over the ruins of an ancient city that was once the grave enemy of Chichen Itza!
6. Xel-Ha Park
There's plenty for the whole family to enjoy at this ecotourism hotspot. Swim with dolphins, manatees, and stingrays when you're not relaxing amid the spectacular scenery!
7. Dos Ojos
The "Two Eyes" cenote system still hasn't been completely explored, but the parts that have offer crystal-clear waters and a lot of natural light – perfect for snorkelling!
8. Isla Mujeres
It's only a 15-minute boat ride to the "Island of Women," where visitors can enjoy the uncluttered beaches, tour the lively town on a golf cart, or go swimming with dolphins!
9. Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Stretched over more than a million acres, Sian Ka'an boasts numerous archaeological sites and wildlife habitats, as well as gorgeous beaches that must be accessed via the jungle!
Don't have time for Chichen Itza or Coba? Then head to Tulum. The ruins aren't quite as impressive, but it's closer and there are lots of great open-air restaurants downtown!
Planning Your Visit
Best time to visit?
Peak season is December to April, with near-perfect weather drawing the larger crowds. Though spring, summer, and fall may offer more enticing vacation deals and hotel rates, the summers are punishingly hot and the fall months often stormy.
How many days?
With so many immersive activities and attractions, you'll want to spend at least a week in Cancun to make the most of your visit!
The official currency of Mexico's eastermost city is, of course, the Mexican peso. However, American dollars are widely accepted in the tourist areas. Either way it isn't hard to find a bank or exchange house that will swap whatever cash you came with.
Good to know
- Mexican Peso (MXN)
- Time Zone
- UTC (-05:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- Summer is peak season, so delay your visit to September through November, when you'll still enjoy good weather, but fewer crowds. Just remember, the light drizzle is ever-present!
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What people are saying about Cancún
After a bit of an extended "discussion" about revising pick up time at the ferry dock (11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m). the drive from Chiquila (ferry pick-up port) to Cancun airport was smooth, comfortable, and we arrived with plenty of time for our 3:40 p.m. flight to Chicago. A discomforting moment, however, was when we existed the ferry pier, and no one was waiting with a sign (indicating our name/agency name) amidst many random taxi drivers. After searching for our driver, I finally located him standing behind a range of parked cars looking at his cell phone. Our name and reservation was in his phone; he was quite accommodating once I found him, but it was nerve-wracking for the 5-10 minutes searching, to feel as if no-one had arrived for our transfer. Central company representatives provided excellent follow up to our request for a 1/2 hour shift in pick-up time. The local representatives never responded directly. Drive was excellent; communication before could have been clearer.
We were met at the airport with a clear sign (with my name) so identifying the driver was easy (amidst the crowd). The local agency representative was welcoming, friendly, and efficient, and our driver was also welcoming, friendly, and the drive to the ferry connecting to Isla Holbox was smooth as could be. Upon arrival at the ferry, our driver arranged for the ferry tickets, we said good-bye, and transferred to the ferry. Couldn't have been easier. A fine beginning to our vacation!
Our guide was Juan Carlos, Pedro and Robert were amazing! They were patient with our group as we had a big one. And they very thorough with with information on the culture. We enjoyed every moment of our 11 hours!! We would highly recommend this experience!!
Alan was a very good and funny tour guide. We had a wonderful time. The driver (can’t remember his name) was a good and safe driver. The tour was good. Locations were good, food was good. Bus was clean.
Amazing tours. However it would of been nicer to be able to spend more time at each site without the tour guide. Giving you the freedom to explore a little bit more and take pictures.