Who would have imagined that spot the Mayans called “nest of serpents”, Cancun, would become 1/3 of Mexico’s tourism revenue. If you want to enjoy the great weather and beautiful, white-sand beaches surrounded by hundreds of years of history and traditions, Cancun is the place. Three hundred years ago Cancun had 3 inhabitants and today, there are over 700,000 residents and over 24,000 hotel rooms, in Cancun’s hotel zone. There are dozens of flights to Cancun from every main city in the US and from most capitals in Latin America and Europe. We’ll say no more, check out our Top 7 Things To Do In Cancun and decide on your own.
Chichen Itza – Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities and it was likely to have been one of the mythical great cities. When Spaniards arrived to this area, this city was the most important and sacred place for Mayan pilgrims. It is easily accessed by car and it takes 2 hours from Cancun. Do not forget to take a picture in front of ” El Castillo” one of the best preserved Mayan pyramids in Mexico.
Isla Mujeres – It is an island in the Caribbean Sea, a barely 10 minute drive from the Yucatán Peninsula coast. Its clear water, world class hotels and its Mexican, Italian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, French, Thai and Cuban restaurants attract hundreds of thousands of tourist from all over the world. It is located bear coral reefs so it is a paradise for snorkeling and scuba diving lovers.
Interactive Aquarium – If this is a family trip then you must pay a visit to the Interactive Aquarium. It is only a few minutes west of the Hotel Zone. Swim with dolphins or feed the sharks, you’ll get up close and personal with several underwater characters. The weather in this area is unpredictable so the aquarium could be a perfect rainy-day activity for families.
El Rey Ruins – The archeological remains here are not in its best condition but the one reason why people drive to this place is to interact with the hundreds of iguanas that have invaded this Mayan town. The iguanas have made of this place their sanctuary and home and they do not mind people’s visits.
Mayan Museum – It displays one of the most important and best preserved collections of Mayan artifacts in Mexico. It does not only have piece of the State of Quintana Roo, but as well from Palenque, Chichén Itzá, y Comalcalco, among other places. It is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00.
Cozumel – It may be one of the smallest Mexican islands but it is the most visited and populated. Cozumel is known all over the world for its watersport activities such as diving, snorkeling, sailing, boating and fishing as well as for its natural beauty, clean and peaceful beaches, clear waters, multicolored reefs, exotic flora and fauna; the island offers numerous Mayan archeological sites.
Tulum – Facing the Caribbean sea, only 129 km (80 miles) from Cancun, is the beautiful and well preserved Mayan archaeological site of Tulum. Visitors can appreciate around 60 different buildings of what used to be one of the most important ceremonial sites for the Mayans. A good example of its glorious past is El Castillo (the castle), which is a large pyramid that sits on a forty-foot cliff. You will find similarities with Chichen Itza but this one is a smaller pyramid and here you are not allowed to go inside or climb it.
Just So You Know…
- Cancun is actually an island.
- Caribbean has 7 different colors of turquoise.
- Cancun has 14 miles of white sandy beach, which is made from crushed coral and is not hot to the touch.
- Before Cancún was Cancún, it used to be called Ekab, which means Black Earth. The word Cancún is actually Mayan, it means the snake pit or nest of serpents.
- Cancun is home to the second largest coral reef in the world. Take advantage of this by scuba diving or snorkeling while visiting Cancun.
- Cancun’s average annual temperature is 80 degrees and there are over 240 sunny days.
- Grab A Bite:
- La Destileria – It offers a fusion of the most authentic Mexican cuisine and an excellent service. It holds the reputation of Cancun’s best Mexican restaurant, and it’s well earned. Taste all kinds of seafood, tacos, salsas, and more, not to mention an extensive list of tequilas to spice up your evening.
- La Habichuela Sunset – It serves the one of the most authentic Caribbean and Mexican cuisine in Cancun and it is also known as one of the most memorable spots for a romantic dinner. Its architecture is inspired by ancient Mayan designs and the famous haciendas of Yucatan.
- Julia Mia – Mexican cooking meets with a contemporary culinary techniques and flavors. This fancy and modern restaurant located in downtown Cancun is considered as the favorite among locals and tourists alike due to its captivating style and innovative recipes. Julia Mia wows its clientele with every meal which could be seafood, homemade tortillas, Mexican mole sauce, and amazing chocolate desserts.
- Harry’s Prime Steakhouse – For those meat lovers this is the option, no doubt about it. They serve USDA Prime. Less than 1% of all the meat in the world is USDA Prime. Their steaks are dry aged on the bone In-House, for 21 to 28 days and good wines are fine cuisine’s best companion. Their wine cellar has more than 250 wine labels from around the world with great character and enormous potential.