Cancun is well known as a top place to visit and one of the best vacation destinations across Mexico and the world. In fact, Cancun was ranked #11 for the top place to visit in Mexico by US News & World Report magazine.
U.S. News & World Report magazine ranking:
#3 in Best Cheap Spring Break Destinations
#4 in Best Beaches in Mexico
#6 in Best Spring Break Destinations
#11 in Best Places to Visit in Mexico
Beaches, fine dining & nightlife in Cancun
Cancun is best known for its beautiful, crystal clear beaches and fabulous nightlife. Cancun offers an assortment of dining options from fresh seafood to traditional Mayan cuisine. There are over 200 restaurants that range from fast-food, to casual bistros, to dinner cruises, to elegant fine dining theme restaurants. After dinner, Cancun’s nightclubs and lounges are some of the best around. Whether you prefer relaxing evening with friends listening to live music at a lounge, or dancing the night away in a club, the nightlife options in Cancun will never disappoint.
Mayan ruins in and around Cancun
One of the best parts of Cancun is the proximity to Chichén Itzá, a large Mayan archaeological site that is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. You can spend a day exploring the amazing ruins which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site by taking in history as you walk the spectacular grounds and impressive ruins. It was originally a main hub of Mayan civilization and is one the most notable and recognized landmarks on the Yucatán. The pyramid-like El Castillo is the focal point of the ruins and was used by Mayans as a temple for worship. It’s best to go early in the morning so you can enjoy the ruins before the large crowds arrive.
Isla Mujeres Turtle Farm near Cancun
In addition to its pristine beaches and coastline, you can’t miss a visit the turtle farms of Isla Mujeres, just a short ferry ride from Cancun. On the island you can see sea turtles on the farm as well as in an aquarium, and tours are offered in both English and Spanish. Also, another must see on the island is Hacienda Mundaca, the ruined mansion of a 19th-century slave trader named Mundaca. There is mystery and intrigue that surrounds the death of the house’s owner which adds to the colonial estate’s haunting charm.
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From its natural beauty and gorgeous beaches to the varied and eclectic dining and nightlife options, Cancun truly has it all. Come check it out for yourself and see why Cancun is the top place to visit in Mexico.