Top attractions in Cancún
Stunning beaches and a thriving nightlife are Cancun's main attractions, but it would be foolish to limit yourself in a city that offers visitors so much! From ancient ruins to top restaurants and wildlife, here are a few of the highlights.
Isla Contoy is a nature reserve and home to many birds, plants, and turtles. Tours are usually led by a biologist and end with snorkelling off its pristine shoreline!
This renowned archaeological site is the most essential item on any Cancun sightseeing list. The restored pyramid at its heart crowns an iconic city from Mayan mythology.
The Yucatan's vast groundwater sinkholes were considered portals to the underworld by the ancient Maya. Few are as famous as Ik Kil, which is open for public swimming!
Snorkel through this incredible museum at the Aquaworld scuba-diving center – home to hundreds of submerged sculptures and the world's largest artificial coral reef!
Climb the 130 steps to the top of the Mayan pyramid, and look out over the ruins of an ancient city that was once the grave enemy of Chichen Itza!
There's plenty for the whole family to enjoy at this ecotourism hotspot. Swim with dolphins, manatees, and stingrays when you're not relaxing amid the spectacular scenery!
The "Two Eyes" cenote system still hasn't been completely explored, but the parts that have offer crystal-clear waters and a lot of natural light – perfect for snorkelling!
It's only a 15-minute boat ride to the "Island of Women," where visitors can enjoy the uncluttered beaches, tour the lively town on a golf cart, or go swimming with dolphins!
Stretched over more than a million acres, Sian Ka'an boasts numerous archaeological sites and wildlife habitats, as well as gorgeous beaches that must be accessed via the jungle!
Don't have time for Chichen Itza or Coba? Then head to Tulum. The ruins aren't quite as impressive, but it's closer and there are lots of great open-air restaurants downtown!
Peak season is December to April, with near-perfect weather drawing the larger crowds. Though spring, summer, and fall may offer more enticing vacation deals and hotel rates, the summers are punishingly hot and the fall months often stormy.
With so many immersive activities and attractions, you'll want to spend at least a week in Cancun to make the most of your visit!
The official currency of Mexico's eastermost city is, of course, the Mexican peso. However, American dollars are widely accepted in the tourist areas. Either way it isn't hard to find a bank or exchange house that will swap whatever cash you came with.
- CurrencyMexican Peso (MXN)
- Time ZoneUTC (-05:00)
- Country Code+52
- Best time to visitSummer is peak season, so delay your visit to September through November, when you'll still enjoy good weather, but fewer crowds. Just remember, the light drizzle is ever-present!
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What people are saying about Cancún
We could not fault our day trip to Holbox. The group was very small, the guide very informative and it exceeded our expectations! Would highly recommend this trip :)
The day was very long and very tiring, however it was worth the time and money. Very friendly team of tour guides with good knowledge of the areas. They of course try to make some extra money for the local areas along the way but they are not over selling and there is no pressure if you don’t want to purchase anything. All inclusive is recommended as you will be kept fully fueled thoughout the day with a good choice of drinks, Tequila, Beer, soft drinks, water at every stop. Good well organised and punctual transport, nice modern comfortable coach for the whole day.
In my opinion Tulum was much more faszinating then Chichen Itza. We had a very motivated guide, who teached us a lot about the mayan culture and not the typical touristic stuff. The tour was well organized with starting at Tulum, relax at the Cenote before climbing up the temple at Coba. I only recommend to everybody to visit this places and to make this tour. Especially with Eknx Tours!!!
Everything was perfect, so well organised and so friendly staff. We had a lot of fun!
Our guide was fantastic. His capacity to tell history it’s amazing. We had a lot of fun and we visited the core Maya places. I congrat all the team for their professional work. I hardly recommend this experience!