Check out the activities to do in Cancun 2023

SmartTransfers Team

SmartTransfers Team

March 1, 2023

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After reading this article, you will know why Cancun became one of the most popular destinations in Mexico

Cancun is usually full of thousands of tourists visiting its beautiful beaches, natural beauties, surreal archeological sites, and never-ending parties.

But before digging into those particular activities, let's begin with some basic information about this paradise. 

Cancun's coasts are located in the Caribbean of the Gulf of Mexico. Cancun, particularly its hotel area, is a very (if not the most popular) tourist destination.

And that's obvious since the Mexican Caribbean coasts are a great place to vacation; you just have to look at Its turquoise waters that are rarely seen worldwide.

Of course, Cancun's beaches are a must-do if you are coming here, but the surrounding areas are home to many water parks that attract millions of people yearly. And we will tell you about some of the most popular activities and parks you can visit to make your Cancun vacation unforgettable.

Cancun Beaches

The main attraction in Cancun is the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches. With their white sands and turquoise waters, you will relax just by looking at them.

Here are some beaches you must go to when visiting Cancun.

  • Chac Mool Beach
  • Marlin Beach
  • Dolphin Beach
  • Tortugas Beach

It won't take long to get there, as you can find Cancun Airport Transport that will take you to any location in the city.

You don't need to worry about visiting these beaches if you're staying at a resort in Cancun's hotel area since they will probably be in front of the resort's facilities. So make the most of it if you are lucky to be near those fantastic beaches!

You can get to any hotel in Cancun by booking transportation from Cancun's airport. Do so beforehand, so you don't have to worry about high prices.

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Xcaret Park

Xcaret is a water park considered one of Mexico's most significant attractions.

This amusement park allows visitors to experience underwater caverns, natural rivers, and many more. Travelers that can come here can enjoy the park's more than 50 activities.

You can swim in the rivers inside the facilities, visit the bird sanctuary and see many birds living in Mexico. Or you could snorkel through a coral reef and visit the butterfly garden.

You can find delicious Mexican cuisine in the 11 restaurants around the park if you are hungry. Interested in Mayan culture? Just walk around and visit archaeological sites that are nearby.

Before you go, you can see the huge theatrical production, Mexico Espectacular, showing you some of Mexico's history.

Xcaret Park is part of a bigger group of amusement parks, like

  • Xelha, which is further away than Playa del Carmen. This park is perfect for engaging with nature.
  • Xplor is the place to go if you are ready to live and adventure and have a huge adrenaline boost 
  • Xavage is a great place to visit with family and friends since it's almost like a surreal museum. 
  • Xoximilco is perfect for anyone that wants to enjoy beautiful sights and delicious Mexican food while moving through the park's canals.
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Aquatic Tours

You will find the Underwater Museum of Art ( MUSA) in th of Mexico's Caribbean Sea in Cancun.

Just imagine experiencing snorkeling and looking at art at the same time. What a unique experience, right?

The Underwater Museum attracts more than 750,000 people each year and offers to look at fantastic art, like the well-known sculptures of many Mexican artists. 

The museum's primary focus is mixing its exhibits with the seabed and creating a vast marine reef in the future. Leaving a permanent and positive mark on the human race for future generations. 

MUSA on google maps 📍

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Downtown Cancun: Experience the local culture

Ciudad Cancun is a great place to break from the Hotel Zone party scene. It allows you to fully immerse in the local culture.

You'll find the amazing street food here and beautiful green parks.

Many locals who work at the Hotel Zone live in downtown Cancun. This area offers a glimpse into the real side of Cancun.

You can stroll down Avenida Tulum and discover street vendors, eat delicious street food, or enjoy authentic Mexican flavors.

If you want to experience Cancun's true charm, you must head downtown and try some delicious tacos.

Explore the Beauty of Cenotes

Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, where Cancun is situated, is famous for its stunning cenotes. These natural sinkholes are filled with water from caves.

There are thousands of cenotes in the entire Riviera Maya region, many open for swimming.

These natural wonders draw visitors to Quintana Roo to snorkel in these crystal-clear waters.

The best place to discover cenotes in Cancun is on Ruta De Cenotes (Cenote Route) road. It's only a 30-minute drive away from Puerto Morelos.

You will find cenotes like La Noria, Verde Lucero, and Selvatica.

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Temazcal is much more than a spa

Mayans had many traditions. One of these was a sauna-like experience.

At Temazcal, you will be asked to join a small hut heated with hot rocks and cold water.

Because it is a traditional ceremony, you will be guided by a spiritual leader who will care for each participant. What will he do?

He'll organize the ceremony and create the right atmosphere to clear your head. After that, the goal is to get everyone in meditation.

Aerial runway in the rainforest

Cancun, and all of Quintana Roo, still have many jungle areas. Some are protected areas, while others are accessible to the general public. These include extreme sports such as ziplining.

This is one of Cancun's best activities. You are surrounded by the jungle and can see the wild beauty from a unique perspective there.

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is the best place to visit if you're looking for one of the greatest structures ever built.

The ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza still boasts impressive pyramids, ceremonial centers, and other features.

Most notable is the Temple of Kukulkan, which stands 98 feet tall. The nine terraces on the pyramid represent the Mayan belief in nine levels of heaven.

Chichen Itza, one of the most preserved Mayan archeological sites, offers a glimpse into ancient Mayan culture.

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An alternative to mainstream shopping: Mercado 28

More than 600 vendors offer a variety of products at this giant flea market, including unique clothing and handmade souvenirs.

Bargaining is a common practice at Mercado 28, so many people are trying to negotiate better deals.

You can also find local food at a fraction of the price of the Hotel Zone. This is a great opportunity for foodies. You can get to the Hotel Zone by bus, so don't worry about accessibility.

You should remember the parking lot where you parked your car if you drive. There are many options, and it is easy to get lost.

Sneak Peek into the nightlife

After a long day on the beautiful beaches, it's time to get out and party at one of Cancun's best nightclubs.

Although the lines at the best clubs are often long (just like in any other city), it is well worth the wait.

Coco Bongo, the most well-known club in Cancun, is known for its mixture of cover bands and acrobats. It also has DJs who keep the party going.

City Nightclub hosts many DJs and is another well-known option. The club can hold up to 5000 guests per night with three floors and nine bars.

Mandala Beach Club is the place to go for a great beach party experience. The club is open daily at 9:30 pm and offers great music and tropical cocktails.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding can elevate your water adventure

Stand-up paddleboarding in Cancun is very popular. Nearly everyone can do it.

However, renting a paddleboard on the beach is an option if you are looking for more than just swimming in the turquoise Caribbean waters.

You can take a longer tour from Cancun to Isla Mujeres or paddle through the Nichupte Lagoon jungle on a sunrise wildlife tour.

A memorable sailing vacation

Take a sailboat on the ocean and enjoy the beautiful sunsets as the wind blows through your hair.

You can also enjoy a drink and snack on these amazing boats.

These trips usually last approximately 2 hours. However, Cancun is technically considered a tropical island.

This means that you may experience stormy weather. So make sure to check the forecast before booking this amazing experience.

You can see the American continent's first daylights when it isn't raining.

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Capture the moment: Take a Selfie with the Cancun welcome sign

A picture taken with the Cancun sign is a must-do activity. The sign can be found on Playa Delfines and is easily accessible by bus.

Playa Delfines is a beautiful beach with turquoise waters, but be aware that there are strong currents, so be cautious while swimming.

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Swim with the Whale Sharks in Cancun

Whale shark-related activities must be handled with care. Adult whale sharks can grow up to 12m in length and weigh as much as 20 tons.

Babies are playful and can interact with swimmers. Between June and September is the best time to swim alongside whale sharks.

The tours depart from Cancun or Isla Mujeres.

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Join the crowd: A Night of Lucha Libre Wrestling at Cancun

Lucha Libre (wrestling) is an exciting and unique cultural experience in Cancun. These shows will be familiar to anyone who has ever seen the WWE. 

You have to picture two fighters for each show: one good and a bad guy. They will try to entertain a divided crowd with a mix of wrestling and acrobatics to win the match.

The fights last approximately three rounds and end with one person being kicked out of the ring. Arena Cancun hosts Lucha Libre events every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday night. 

This show is a great way to experience Mexico's unique culture.

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