There’s more to Cancun than beaches and corona. Here are 7 ways to explore Cancun:
There are plenty of water sports offered in Cancun but the best are the ones below the sea level. For those who like a little adventure and a bit of an adrenaline rush scuba diving is the way to go. Just off the coast of Isla Mujeres there is a famous underwater museum called Musa. Scuba diving allows you to get close and personal, and really explore the sculptures in depth. Also, a little ways out for the museum there’s a famous coral reef where you can explore the sea life. You’ll see plenty of colourful fish, sting rays, and maybe even sharks! It’s a whole other world down there. I’d recommend doing your research, before investing in one tour. You’ll hear a lot of talk about Aquaworld, but you can find a cheaper and more experienced tour guide for a better price.
- Like a Local
If you want a real Mexican experience definitely go to Parque las Palpas! During the day there’s not much to see, but after 6pm the park lights up with activities. There are food carts, various stands selling different pieces of jewellery and clothing, manicure booths, hair braiding, and more. Once a month the community hosts a big fiesta at the park, and the park is filled with locals. This isn’t a tourist attraction, it’s an authentic experience.
- Mayan Style
Take a trip just outside of Cancun and visit the Mayan village, Yucatan. The experience is eye opening. You can do this by renting a car for the day, or taking the Ado bus. Personally, I’d recommend going with a tour. Usually it’s the cheapest and you get your money’s worth with a full day of activities, without the added stress. Plus the tour usually covers the cost of the entrance fee. So do your research beforehand and have an idea of what you’d like to see. There are plenty of tours to choose from, this will help you decide which tour is best suited for you.
- At Night
Probably the most popular way to explore Cancun is through the night life scene. It’s easy to see why Cancun is known to be one of the top destinations for Spring Break. The hotel zone is lined with resorts, and at night the downtown center is alive with people looking for a good time. There’s a couple of great bars like the Mandala Beach Club, La Vaquita, Palazzo; but the best bar has to be Coco Bongo. Whereas most bars are open to the street so people walking by can see the fun, Coco Bongo is closed off. From the outside it’s a mystery why this is Cancun’s best bar, but it doesn’t take long to understand. Although the ticket price is steep, most tickets include open bar. Although, the best nights of the week are Friday, and Saturday the club is always full with people. What makes Coco Bongo so different from the rest of the clubs is the spectacle that goes all night long. There’s a stage in the middle of the dance floor, where performers jump off of and swing above the crowd. If you’re looking for a good time this is the place to be. The good music never stops, and neither does the drinking.
- Get Historical
Only three hours outside the city lies one of the seven wonders of the world; Chichen Itza. Although the structure is mesmerizing, it’s the history behind the famous water well that really explains why Chichen Itza is one of the world’s greatest wonders. Personally, I’d recommend touring the attraction with a guide. Seeing the structure is one thing but understanding the history behind the structure is something else. With a tour guide you’ll learn in depth about the temples, the Mayan calendar, and the Mayan rituals like their sacrifices to the Gods. Just a precaution it is hot, and there isn’t a lot of shade so have sunscreen and water packed. See Chichen Itza Tour- Live Tweet for more info.
- The Island Way
Take the ferry and make your way over to Isla Mujeres for the day. The island is gorgeous and crazy like the many women that reside on the island. Whether you choose to soak up some sun, drink a little or a lot, enjoy some water activities, rent a golf cart to explore the island, or indulge in some delicious seafood by the seashore the possibilities are endless. Your trip to the island can be as relaxing or as adventurous as you make it. I’d recommend taking the Ultamar ferry from Gran Punta Peurto. Although the ticket price is a bit more expensive than the others, you’ll be on less of a time constrain. It’s the most frequent, and it runs the latest. See 6 Things to Know About Isla Mujeres for more details.
- Go Deep
When I say deep, I mean 130 ft deep. One of Mexico’s greatest attractions is Cenote Ik Kil. Once a place where the Mayans would come to relax or perform rituals, now allows visitors to cliff jump and swim in the pool of darkness. Only a couple of hours outside of Cancun, Cenote Ik Kil is a must. I’d recommend combining Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik Kil, they are both three hours outside of Cancun but only a ten minute drive between the two attractions. Also, don’t worry about time you’ll have more than enough to do both attractions if you leave early in the morning. See 6 Tips for Cenote Ik Kil.