Hipmunk City Love: Most Interesting Things to Do in and Around Cancun


Whether you’re a shopaholic or a beachcomber, Cancun welcomes all travelers to experience an unmatched Mexican culture. In addition to its Mayan past, Cancun also has a well-deserved reputation as one of Mexico’s premier destination featuring sunshine, beaches, and parties.

Delve into Cancun’s Underwater Scene

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Cancun Underwater Museum is home to a series of sculptures designed to protect the coral reefs. These sculptures are a rare art form since these are made from raw materials like PH neutral cement, seaweed, coral, and algae to encourage the growth of corals. If you’re interested, sign up for a guided tour for an unforgettable snorkeling or a scuba diving experience.

Between May and September, the whale sharks come to the waters close to Isla Mujeres to feed on Plankton. Swimming with these whale sharks is an amazing experience.

Go on Day Trips

If you’re staying in Cancun for at least a couple of days, consider heading to Chichen Itza to check out the towering icon of El Castillo or take a canal trip through Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in Tulum.

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Chichen Itza and Tulum can get very touristy, but if you’re looking for something offbeat, visit the Mayan ruins at Coba, a city that once had a large population. Some notable attractions in Coba are the Grand Pyramids and the temples, which boast intricate carvings. Coba is only about an hour from Cancun, but visitors should still leave early to explore the jungles and beautiful landscapes that the area has to offer.

Cave Diving in Riviera Maya

Because of its location in the Yucatan Peninsula, Riviera Maya is one of the most popular places where you can go cave diving. You’ll get to see plenty of unusual fauna and flora, haloclines, and sunlight effect during your Cenote diving.

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Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced diver, there are plenty of hotels in Cancun that organize tours based on your preferences.

Explore the Eco-Archeological Parks in Cancun

If you’re looking for outdoor activities other than diving and snorkeling, head to Xplore for zip lining and drives through jungle trails and suspension bridges in their amphibious vehicles. The Wild Bird Aviary, Coral Reef Aquarium, and the Jaguar Island are ideal places to visit for those vacationing with kids.

Indulge in Shopping

Market_28 Photo by The Camangian’s via Trover.com

You can’t leave Cancun without shopping for Mexican souvenirs. Market 28 in the downtown area boasts an array of traditional handicrafts, clothing stores, and jewelry. While you’re there, be sure to try the fajitas and taco burritos.

Go Partying

Like any other big city, Cancun has a major party scene where famous DJs make appearances at various nightclubs. Located in the Hotel Zone, Coco Bongo is the most happening nightclub in Cancun, where swarms of tourists gather for music-filled evenings of hip hop and fun.

When in Cancun, most tourists spend their entire time in the Hotel Zone. To experience the real Cancun, explore the downtown area, where the locals hang out.

Have you been to Cancun? Share your favorite Cancun experience in the comments below.

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