Cancun has been widely regarded as a top vacation destination in Mexico for decades. In fact, Cancun was ranked as the 11th top places to visit in Mexico by US News & World Report magazine. They were also ranked as the 4th Best Beach in Mexico and 3rd Best Cheap Spring Break Destination.
Best beaches & nightlife
Cancun is home to some of the most beautiful, crystal clear beaches in all of Mexico. It’s blue-green waters and soft, white sands make swimming and water activities an absolute dream. When it’s time to head inland for a night on the town, Cancun also has great dining and nightlife options. From local fresh seafood to traditional Mexican cuisine, there are over 200 restaurants with everything from inexpensive fast-food, to casual bistros, to dinner cruises, to elegant fine dining. Cancun after dark is even more fun with a plethora of nightclubs and lounges to make it an evening you won’t forget. Whether you prefer a relaxing evening with friends listening to jazz music at a swanky lounge, or dancing the night away in a club to the latest hits, the nightlife choices in Cancun will not disappoint.
Cancun is also located close to Chichén Itzá, a large Mayan archaeological site which is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It is worth the time to spend a day there so you can walk the amazing ruins and investigate the impressive history. Today it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, although it was originally a main hub of Mayan civilization and one of the most well recognized landmarks on the entire Yucatán Peninsula. The pyramid-like El Castillo is the focal point of the ruins and was used by Mayans as a temple for worship. Try to start your day early to avoid the large crowds and hot Mexican midday sun. In addition to the better known Chichén Itzá, there is another smaller less crowded archaeological site called El Rey Ruins. Centrally located within Cancun’s hotel zone, you don’t have to travel at all to enjoy some sightseeing and spend time exploring historical buildings left behind from thousands of years before. Another highlight to the El Rey Ruins is the fact that hundreds of gorgeous, green iguanas have made the ruins their home. Many people find they get some of the best photos of their whole vacation at this tourist spot with a smiling, colorful iguana by your side.
Turtle Farm on Isla Mujeres
If you find yourself in Cancun, you should definitely include time to visit the turtle farms on Isla Mujeres. For children and adults alike, there is something magical about sea turtles and seeing them up close and in person. You will see many types of sea turtles on the farm and there is an aquarium on site as well. Tours are offered in both English and Spanish, so locals and foreigners alike will be able to follow along with their tour guide’s explanations. Hacienda Mundaca, the ruined mansion of a 19th-century slave trader named Mundaca, is another not miss spot on the island. The mystery and intrigue that surrounds the death of the house’s owner definitely adds to the colonial estate’s haunting charm and eerie ambiance…can you feel the mystical energy in the air?
Cancun Food Tours
There are many food tours operating in the Cancun and extended Riviera Maya area. From fine dining to walking tours to taco tours, there is a food tour available to choose from. Some of the top tour companies in the area are Riviera Maya Food Tours and Cancun Food Tours. Offering a great chance to get to know how the locals eat, and hopefully discover hidden flavors that most tourists miss, food tours are a great way to get to know the best Cancun has to offer without taking the time to have to research the best spots. If you’re in the mood to have a little fun, there are also tequila and mezcal tasting tours available. There is no better way to get to know a lot of the best regional foods and flavors than by attending a Cancun Food Tour. Provecho!
In conclusion, Cancun’s exquisite natural beauty, gorgeous beaches, wonderful dining and nightlife options make it an ideal vacation spot for everyone. Come try some of these activities so you can see why Cancun is one of the best places to visit in Mexico!