Cancun is certainly paradise for beach lovers and sun worshippers, but it is also a little slice of heaven for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and thrill-seekers. On any given day, there is a multitude of things to do in Cancun, and here are the best three.
1. Relax on the beach at Playa Delfines
Blessed with 14 miles of white coral sands fringed by turquoise waters and distant views of Caribbean islands, Cancun has a stretch of beach for any taste, mood, or seaside activity. However, those looking for a more authentic, laid-back affair will find it about 11 miles from downtown Cancun, at Playa Delfines. A favorite among locals, this is one of the largest and most peaceful beaches in town, with excellent conditions for sunbathing. Playa Delfines is also famous for its lack of developments; impossibly bright, translucent waters in all shades of blue; and glorious lookouts, which offers sensational views of the sea and the dazzling Hotel Zone.
2. Take a tour of a Mayan ruin
The wonder of Mexico’s marquee archaeological sites can be lost in the hordes of tourists that crowd in. To genuinely grasp the grandeur of ancient Mayan civilization, head to recently excavated and lightly visited Ek Balam, the jungle paths of Coba, or the mysterious Rio Bec archaeological sites.
3. Enjoy a day trip to Isla Mujeres
It only takes a 25 minute ferry ride to travel to one of the most popular day trip destinations near Cancun; Isla Mujeres. The island’s popularity is largely due to its dreamy beaches and laid back island feeling. And the surrounding waters offer scuba diving (cavern diving is only available on the mainland), PADI diving courses, snorkeling, fishing, whale shark snorkeling tours amidst an array of sailfish, dorado, groupers, marlins and more.