Cancun will always hold special memories for me as it’s where we spent our honeymoon in 2013. We had a blissful 2 weeks recovering from all the wedding mayhem and I’ll be honest, we didn’t venture far from our sun-beds the whole time. As much as this was just what we needed at the time, I can’t help but think we missed out on all wonders that Cancun has to offer.
We’re hoping to visit Cancun again next year and in preparation I’ve come up with my ultimate travel guide, highlighting all the things to see and do whilst we’re there.
The large Mayan archaeological site is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The site is 2.5 hours from Cancun, so it’s best to go early in the morning or if possible, over two days. By far the most impressive structure on the site is the Temple of Kukulkan, or the Castillo as it is sometimes known, but the ornate wall carvings and columns throughout the entire site make this a world-class attraction not to be missed.
Translated as the ‘Island of Women’, Isla Mujeres is just a short ferry ride away from Cancun. it was originally a fishing village, and the island still maintains its charming atmosphere, even with its bustling tourist trade. Kayaking, fishing, and sailing are popular here, as well as swimming with sharks.
If you fancy a bit of retail therapy then the traditional downtown area is home to most of the colorful local craft markets in Cancun. Market 28 in the downtown area is by far the largest of the marketplaces and a bit of a one-stop tourist shopping Mecca. Leather, silver, pottery, glassware, artwork and handicrafts will all be found here.
Here you can enjoy zip-lines, amphibious vehicles, rafts, swimming in underground rivers, spelunking (exploring caves) and hammock splash. All of these activities take place in natural settings outdoors and within underground environments and you’ll be hard pushed to find another experience like it. Xplor is definitely one for the adrenaline junkies out there!
Tulum is famous for its Mayan ruins and is Mexico’s third most popular architectural attraction. Daily tour buses bring a constant stream of visitors to the site and with it’s picturesque view of the Caribbean it’s clear to see why it’s so popular. We’ve been warned that this place gets incredibly hot so will most definitely be visiting the on site beach after we’ve done some sight seeing.
Considered the hotspot for nightlife in Cancún, Coco Bongo isn’t your traditional nightclub. Instead, thousands of tourists pack the venue to the brim to witness nonstop performances from acrobats, conga lines, live bands and musician impersonators. The entrance fee is a bit hefty but you really do get your money’s worth and there’s no other nightclub like it.
Fingers crossed we get to tick all of the above off of our list when we next visit as we definitely want to see as much of this beautiful city as we can.
Have you ever visited Cancun? If so it would be great to hear if you can recommend anything else that we could add to our list above.
*this is a collaborative post but all words and photos are my own