There is a long list of Cancun attractions and the hardest part is deciding what to do first! The world's water sport capital has everything you can imagine under the sun like exciting jungle tours, snorkeling, waterskiing, scuba diving, kayaking and fishing. Mexico's rich history is everywhere and nearby you'll find carefully restored archaeological sites, including Tulum, Chichen Itza, Kohunlich and Coba. Discover nature's finest work at Xcaret, Xel-Ha and Tres Rios parks or meet crocodiles at Crococun. Enjoy Cancun sightseeing at its best!
Among other Cancun attractions are some minor archaeological sites, the best example of which is Ruinas El Rey located on Kukulacan Blvd. at km. 17 across from the Hilton Cancun Beach & Golf Resort. A visit to El Rey is well worth the modest entry fee. The ruins are well preserved and the sheer number of resident iguanas make for a pleasant diversion. Bilingual tour guides are available for the more inquisitive types. There are other very minor ruins along the beach, well marked on most maps.
A whole variety of pleasure boat cruises to the Nichupte Lagoon, Isla Mujeres, Contoy Island, and other destinations are available every day from Cancun. Modern yachts, catamarans, trimarans, and even old fashioned sloops take swimmers, sunbathers, snorkelers, and shoppers out into the turquoise waters. Some tours include a snorkeling stop at ecological parks, snorkeling equipment, continental breakfast, lunch, and a shopping tour. Most tours leave at 9:30 or 10:00 am and last about 5 to 6 hours. Sunset and night cruises go to the beaches of Isla Mujeres, away from town, for a pirate show, which usually includes a Mexican buffet dinner and open bar.
Cancun has its own small bullring near the northern end of Blvd. Kukulcan, in the downtown area. It is one of Mexico's oldest traditions and a demonstration of courage and style, combined with authentic folkloric dances and Mexican Rodeo. Come and cheer "ole!" at the bullfight, held every Wednesday at 3:30 pm.
Cancun features several options of sub-aquatic activities, which is why it is considered one of the most important diving destinations. There are lots of scenarios to be explored, from coral reefs located in the open sea, to caverns and cenotes in the jungle. Be amazed by the colorful and lively marine fauna, the gorgeous extensive submarine gardens, and the unique sights that you could only find in a natural grotto.
One of the most valuable treasures in the city is the Mayan Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Some of the best underwater landscapes can be found at the Banderas and El Bajito coral reefs, to the north of the zone known as Punta Cancun. The more experienced divers might want to visit the San Miguel and Aristos reefs on the eastern side.
Fishing in CancunFishing in Cancun is incredible. If it's your first time, find out what it's like to be out in open waters and waiting for a bite. If you're a seasoned fisher, there are high-tech gear and night fishing tours. Several marinas can be found in the Hotel Zone, where you will be attended by professionals, always willing to satisfy your specific needs.The main species inhabiting the Mexican Caribbean waters are the sawfish, the red snapper and the grouper. In the open waters, you can find blue and white marlin, sailfish, swordfish, and barracuda.
Golf in CancunPicture yourself standing on the grass while feeling the marine breeze on your face and listening to the waves crashing on the beach. Now get ready to swing and FORE! Cancun features some of the finest golf courses in the world. All of them have been designed by experts like Robert Trent Jr., Greg Norman, and Jack Nicklaus, which guarantees our visitors an unparalleled experience.
Parasailing is another popular activity in Cancun and it is very likely to be found on any of the beaches in this gorgeous destination. Be pulled by a speedboat while you are attached to a parachute. Once you are up in the sky, you'll be amazed by the different tones of blue of the sea. The impressive view of the Hotel Zone and the thrill of being high in the sky will take your breath away.
Submarine ToursEnjoy a unique and not so common ride in Cancun. You don't even have to get wet or be an experienced swimmer or diver. On this tour, you will see all the beauty lying underwater in the coral reef, multi-colored tropical fish, manta rays and if you are lucky, even a shark. Don't forget to see our list of tours.
Explore the Cancun Marinas and take a boat ride to the Nichupte Lagoon. If you feel like taking control of your experience, you can drive a motorboat or a wave runner on your own through the jungle, until you come across the second largest coral reef in the world.
Water Activities in Cancun MexicoMany beachside hotels offer water-sport centers that offer rentals for rubber rafts, kayaks, wind-surf boards, motorized jets and water skis as well as equipment for para-sailing, and snorkeling. On the calm Nichupte Lagoon, there are outlets for water-skiing, sailboats, water jets, and water skis. The most popular activity of this beautiful lagoon is the Jungle Tour. Ride on a mini-boat for 2 people through the jungle and enjoy some snorkeling. They usually last about 3 hours and are perfect for those with a tight schedule.