Heading to Mexico? Don’t Miss Our List of the Top 19 Things to Do in Cancun

Looking for memorable, exciting things to do in Cancun? From scuba diving to fine dining, check out our post for some of the top ideas for your trip to Mexico.

Cancun is the perfect getaway just about any time of year, with postcard-perfect beaches, rich Mayan history, and endless beachfront taco shops. Spending time on the beach is a given when visiting, but if you’re looking for more ideas on how to spend your time, check out these 19 best things to do in Cancun for your upcoming trip!

1. Sail to Isla Mujeres

Head 13 kilometers off Cancun’s coastline to this peaceful island getaway. Take a luxury catamaran to the island, and enjoy snorkeling and picnicking along the way. But don't let your catamaran and snorkeling adventures stop there. Read up on What to Expect on a Riviera Maya Catamaran and Snorkeling Tour to see if this tour catches your interest too.

2. Come Face to Face with a Whale Shark

These gentle, plankton-feeding sharks are truly a wonder to behold. Swim safely along with whale sharks for the experience of a lifetime.

3. Experience Ancient Mayan Culture

Take a short trip outside of Cancun to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, a natural reserve where you’ll see incredible jungle habitats and learn about Mayan culture at the Muyil archaeological site.

4. Eat Incredible Seafood

Restaurante Lorenzillos is the best place for succulent lobster and other fresh seafood. Put down the tacos and enjoy a change of menu for a night.

5. Zipline and ATV Your Way Through Cancun

vacationers four wheeling in cancun

If you’re an adrenaline junky looking for excitement on your vacation, head off-roading in a Polaris ATV, then follow it up with rappelling into ancient rock formations. Complete the day with an aquatic zip line and snorkeling tour. You’ll be talking about this day for ages to come.

6. Tour the Caribbean Coastline

Feel like a billionaire for a day as you sail the coastline to a world-class snorkeling site and rub shoulders with an array of bright fish, turtles, and stingrays.

7.  Enjoy the Atmosphere at El Mortero

No trip to Cancun is complete without a Mexican meal eaten to the music of a mariachi band. El Mortero has a great vibe and local musicians every night of the week.

8. Take a Picture-Perfect Sunset Cruise

Everyone knows that sunset is the best time for a cruise, and Cancun’s sunsets make the experience all the more incredible. Sail the peaceful waters on a high-end catamaran and enjoy an open bar and snacks.

9. Tour the Paradise Lagoon and Cancun Cenotes

See some of the world’s most stunning natural beauty at Playa del Carmen’s cenotes and lagoons. You’ll see stalagmites and stalactites up close as you swim through the warm, blue waters of these cave systems and sinkholes.

10. Explore Tulum Caves

Visit the side of Tulum most people never get to see when you head underground to ancient caves and where you’ll witness unique geological formations and marine life. Get a little inside view before you go and read up on A Brief Tulum Ruins History Lesson.

11. Witness Ancient Ruins in Tulum

Take a step back into the 13th century when you tour the preserved ruins of Mayan civilizations in Tulum. This expert-guided tour will give rich details about the life and times of these ancient peoples.

12. Get a Private Chichen Itza Tour

In the heart of the Yucatan jungle lies this pre-Columbian Mayan city, and taking a private tour will give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see one of UNESCO World Heritage’s “New 7 Wonders of the World.” And if you are still deciding on when to take your Cancun vacation, check out Why You Don't Want to Miss the Chichen Itza Equinox and consider planning your trip around that time of year.

13. Say “I Do” on the Beach

cancun beach wedding

Cancun is the ideal wedding destination. Pick from one of the many beachfront wedding spots and make memories to last a lifetime.

14. Get a Condensed Ruins Tour in Coba

Cancun has dozens of ancient ruins to experience, but if you’re wanting to get an express-version of an ancient ruins tour, Coba is the place to do it.

15. Swim in an Underground River

Get to know more of Cancun’s incredible underground pools and rivers with an underground river tour guide. You’ll snorkel through jaw-dropping caves and can enjoy Tulum’s beaches afterward.

16. Soak Up the Beauty of Lake Bacalar

Just a short drive from Cancun is the gorgeous and peaceful Lake Bacalar, where you can swim in a lagoon, paddle through rapids in a kayak, and see ancient fossils.

17. Pick Up Unique Souvenirs at Mercado 28

Start practicing your haggling skills and get ready for the fun at Mercado 28, an open-air market where you’ll find handmade goods and a souvenir for everyone on your list.

18. Taste High-End Sushi

If you’re looking for a fine dining experience and love sushi, you won’t want to miss Tora Mexico. Enjoy fresh sushi and great Japanese cuisine finished off with tasty ice cream.

19. Take a Yoga Class

Expert yogis and beginners alike will benefit from spending a morning at It’s Yoga Cancun, where you can practice yoga moves and bring peace to your mind.

With such a variety of activities available, you’re sure to find plenty to keep you busy when you’re in town. Find activities to do and book your tours now with Cancun Adventures to ensure an incredible experience in Cancun! Our friendly, bilingual guides will give you an exciting excursion you’ll never forget. 

Want a little more detail on the amazing Cancun landmarks mentioned in this article? Check out Cancun Adventure Tours: What to Visit In Cancun and Top Cancun Excursions for Your Trip to Mexico.

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