Whether you’re travelling as a family, a couple or with friends, there’s certainly no shortage of things to do in Cancun. This popular destination on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a resort of two halves: first up, there’s the Hotel Zone, with restaurants, shopping malls and nightclubs galore, plus a long sandy beach. Then there’s the downtown area, with its bustling cantinas and markets with an authentic Mexican feel. It’s well worth exploring both sides during your stay; that way, you’ll really get to know the area.
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For many, making the most of powdery beaches tops the list of Cancun things to do. The white-sand beach runs right through the Hotel Zone and beyond, covering a whopping 22km in total. In the east is where you’ll find stunning turquoise waters and the lively waves of the Caribbean Sea. If you’re looking for tranquil waters, head to the north side; there’s a small island nearby that provides protection from the open ocean.
If you wish, you can experience a fantastic catamaran cruise while you’re in Cancun. It’s a great way to see the incredible destination in all its natural beauty. Book yourself onto a day trip and you can take part in a host of activities, like snorkelling, diving and even salsa dancing. Alternatively, you could take a 20-minute ferry trip over to Isla Mujeres. Here you can see the dolphins at Garrafon Natural Reef Park and go snorkelling in the underwater sculpture museum, where you can see 400 life-size figures.
When the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t stop in Cancun. If you’re looking for wild nightlife, you’ve got it. Make a beeline for the clubs in the Hotel Zone and you’ll find guest DJs like David Guetta and Tiësto, light shows, acrobats and lots more. These places go all out to show you a good time. If you fancy a more laid-back scene, there are plenty of restaurants playing live music in the downtown area, along with chilled-out lounges serving up cocktails.
Shopping is another popular thing to do in Cancun. Whether you want a Panama hat or a wool rug, you’ll find it here. You can get your retail therapy fix over in downtown Cancun at Mercado 28. It’s a jumble of stalls and shops, and it’s a great place to go for leather goods and jewellery. If you’d prefer a more luxurious affair, look no further than La Island Shopping Village.
No holiday to Mexico is complete without exploring the region’s amazing Mayan ruins. You’ll discover one of the best-preserved coastal sites at Tulum, which is around two hours from Cancun by car. This once-thriving civilisation towers above the sea on 40-foot cliffs, and it’s home to the pyramid-shaped El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes and the Temple of the Descending God. It’s all waiting for you less than two hours away, and it should certainly be on your list of things to do in Cancun