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It is very exciting when you choose Cancun or the Riviera Maya for your vacation. You will have many choices in activities and places to see when you vacation in Cancun or the Riviera Maya. The first reason that you may want to vacation in these locations is due to the spectacular beaches and the warm climate that Cancun is known for, but you may be excited to know that there are many other fun things to see and do in Cancun, which include going to the Mayan cultural museum, swimming with the dolphins and sharks, going to the aquarium, or dining at the best restaurants. There are many exciting attractions near to Cancun that you can enjoy, which is why Cancun is always the first choice for a vacation.


Isla Mujeres


Isla Mujeres is only fifteen minutes from Cancun by ferry and should be seen when you vacation in Cancun. The island is idyllic as you can explore it on a golf cart, scooter, or with a bicycle, and makes for a fantastic day trip. From the hotel zone you can get on the ferry as the port is only ten minutes away, so you can coordinate this day trip without any help

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is an exciting forty-five minute drive from Cancun. Playa del Carmen should be put on your ‘to do’ list when you vacation in Cancun as you can go to the beach, do some great shopping and get the bohemian vibe at the nightclubs in Playa del Carmen. You can take the ferry to Island of Cozumel from Playa del Carmen too.


Mayan Ruins

The El Rey and El Meco are ruins in Cancun, but one of the major Mayan ruins and archeological sites should not be missed when you are vacationing in Cancun. These archeological sites include Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Ek’ Balam, and Tulum. Visiting these Mayan ruins would make a great day trip.


Large water holes and subterranean rivers called cenotes can be found throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. There are several cenote tours available and the tours also include rappelling, zip lining, scuba diving, and snorkeling, so when you are on vacation in Cancun, then you should add adventure and excitement by going on a cenote tour where you will be swimming through the underground rivers and much more.


Adventure Parks

Cancun and the surrounding area has a rich heritage, natural wonders, and adventure parks, which include ATV tours, zip lining, cenote tours, and so much more. A few of the adventure parks that should be visited when you vacation Cancun are the Xplor, Chak Balam Pre-Hispanic Park, Xcaret, and Xel-ha.


Sian Ka’an Biosphere

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is along the southern coast around 120 kilometers from Tulum to Muyil is the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. This area is the only largest protected region in the Riviera Maya area that has several different archeological sites and biodiversity that is awaiting vacationers to Cancun looking for added adventure.



One of the most stunning and amazing hidden gems off the Caribbean coastline from Cancun is Holbox Island. The Holbox Island has natural beauty, the Yalahau Lagoon waters that is home to the most marine life, fauna, and beauty along with a charming, fishing village. This area is a must visit when you are on vacation in Cancun.



If you are looking for water activities when you are on vacation in Cancun, then you should visit Bacalar. Bacalar is a lagoon that is absolutely stunning that is located directly in front of the city. The lagoon has seven different shades of blue, which is perfect for any scuba diving, snorkeling, or just going out on a boat. The community is quite picturesque and exhibits the Mexican culture where you can learn the history of Mexico right in this area.