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The beautiful Mexican city of Cancun is famous for its gorgeous beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural experiences. A popular destination for summer getaways, Mexico’s “party capital” is the place to be if you’re ready to drink, dance, and mingle with new faces.

While Cancun is known for the beaches and the parties, there are other wonderful must-sees that you need to cross off your bucket list. Here’s our list of the 10 best things to do in Cancun – make sure you try them all when you go there for a vacation!

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See Chichen Itza

One of the most notable and well-preserved Mayan sites on the Yucatan, Chichen Itza enjoys the honored status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the magnificent ruins, learn more about Mayan civilization on a guided tour, then gaze upon the towering pyramid-esque temple El Castillo. Book a tour from Cancun or buy an admission ticket

Chichen Itza one of the top tourist spots in Mexico
Chichen Itza

Go Parasailing

Fly high over the crystal-clear waters of Cancun by booking a parasailing trip for yourself and your friends. That seat in the sky will offer you the best view of the city and its white sandy beaches. There are multiple parasailing providers in the city that are safe, well-trained, and ready to give you an unforgettable experience!

Parasailing is one of the best things to do in cancun
Parasailing | Photo via Adobe Stock

Experience La Gran Rueda Cancun

Known as “The Wheel” or “The Cancun Sun”, La Gran Rueda Cancun is a massive Ferris wheel that can elevate excited visitors up to 54 meters into the air. Go for a ride or two before checking out the numerous dining options and tourist-friendly boutiques along the promenade!

Visit The Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park

One of Isla Mujeres’ most popular attractions is the Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park. It houses gorgeous coral reefs where guests can snorkel, see the local marine life, explore the vast gardens, and check out the different activities. Go kayaking, swimming, or ziplining amidst the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean Sea!

Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park
Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park | Photo by Kirt Edblom under creative commons

Explore Playa Marlin

A beautiful public beach famous for its pure white sand, Playa Marlin is open to the public and found near Carisma Courts and the Tucancun Hotel. Grab a parasol, stretch out that blanket, and prepare for a sun-soaked afternoon on one of Cancun’s most beautiful stretches of shore. Visitors need not fret: there are plenty of lifeguards and restrooms for a safe and convenient day at the beach.

Playa Marlin
Playa Marlin

Visit Isla Mujeres

The lovely island of Isla Mujeres is located just off Cancun’s coast and is best known for its snorkeling and scuba diving. Home to multiple colorful coral reefs, it’s the place to be if you want to check out Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park. You can also visit its lighthouse, sea turtle sanctuary, and even the remains of a Mayan temple – there’s plenty to see and do in this laidback island!

Isla Mujeres is  one of the top tourist destinations in Mexico
Isla Mujeres. Mexico

Go To Playa Tortugas

A relaxed beach spot that’s popular with the locals, Playa Tortugas’ calm waters are perfect for an afternoon of swimming and playing in the sand. Go early to get the best spot for some rays, as this public beach is a favorite spot for visitors. Adrenaline junkies can even try bungee jumping off the beach’s pier!

Go To Playa Tortugas
Go To Playa Tortugas | Photo by Lucy Nieto under creative commons

Explore El Rey Ruins

The El Rey ruins are located near the southern end of the Cancún island. It is the only Mayan archaeological in Cancun and is rather small and popular to children as it has become a refuge to a number of iguanas.

El Rey Ruins in Cancun
El Rey Ruins in Cancun | Photo by DerHexer under creative commons

Take a Catamaran Cruise 

Experience remarkable sunset views off the coast of Cancun with a Catamaran cruise. Sail over the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean and enjoy the scenes and sights of the gorgeous Cancun beach coastline. Book this tour from Cancun

Sunset Cruise | Photo via Adobe Stock

Explore the Cenotes

Cenotes are water-filled sinkholes that naturally occur in limestone rock when an underground cave collapses in on itself and exposes the groundwater underneath. There are plenty of cenotes in Yucatan Peninsula and many of those are within reach from Cancun.

A big cenote near Chichen Itza
A big cenote near Chichen Itza

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