There is a lot of stuff to do in Cancun and that’s the reason many people visit this destination. Cancun is a haven for American spring breakers, but it caters to people from other demographic groups as well.
Cancun is, without a doubt, one of Mexico’s most (if not the most) well-known destinations in the whole country. Its location along the Caribbean Sea and its white-sand beaches are sought after by people from all over the world.
Best Time to Visit
To be honest, there is no such thing. You can visit Cancun any time of the year. Due to its location close to the equator, the city enjoys warm to hot weather all year round. While it certainly isn’t as hot in December as compared to August, you can still visit and find a lot of stuff to do.
If you’re concerned about the rain, then you might consider avoiding visiting during the rainy season between May and October. Hurricane season starts in early June and lasts through the end of November, although hurricanes or tropical storms are rare occurrences after the end of September.
We may never be certain about hurricanes and tropical storms, but statistically speaking there have only been two that struck Cancun: Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 and Hurricane Wilma in 2005. So, if you visit during hurricane season, you won’t necessarily experience one, but you will likely see some rain.
If your peace of mind is that important to you, then consider getting some kind of insurance that covers this.
Hit the Beach
Chances are you live somewhere cold and you’re escaping from that. You’d prefer to be somewhere warm instead and get a tan while you enjoy your favorite cocktail. Sounds good?
If you’re staying at a hotel in the touristy area, you will have the beach just a few steps away from your hotel door. Just put on your swimsuit and sunglasses and hit the beach. You can lie down and admire the turquoise waters, read a good book or just relax.
There is always something going on at the beach. You can join a volleyball game, participate in a contest, join a party, build a sandcastle, meet other people… the options are endless.
Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, the beach is always a good option while in Cancun.
Take a Tour
You can also take one of the many tours offered in the city. You can hire one through your hotel or you can contact an agency yourself. Prices vary on the tour you take and start as low as $35 (prices in dollars) and go all the way up to $100 or more. Tips are not included.
Many tours typically last a whole day. They pick you up at your hotel in the morning and bring you back in the evening. There are many things you can do on tour like visiting an archaeological site, diving into a cenote, practicing some snorkeling or scuba diving, doing zip lining/rappelling, riding a 4×4, exploring the jungle, trying Mayan cuisine, riding a boat, just to name a few things. There are activities for the whole family or those adventure seekers. Mild or wild, it’s up to you.
Keep in mind that tours can be expensive. Check your possibilities and pick one or two. Well, that’s my suggestion.
Above all, always make sure what’s included. You don’t want any unpleasant surprises.
Some of the most popular tours include:
- Chichen Itza
- Xel Ha
- Catamaran Isla Mujeres
Cancun boasts a superb nightlife scene with lots of clubs and bars. No wonder it’s frequented by spring breakers and people who like to party hard.
Cancun’s most famous club is Coco Bongo. It’s a cool place with a good music mix and unlimited domestic drinks. However, be warned that it’s pricey. Depending on what package you get, you will be paying between $80-$195. Oh, and lines can get super long, especially during peak season.
However, it’s not your typical club. For instance, there is no dance floor per se. There is only a narrow platform in the center where ladies can get on top to dance. There are also a few balconies where they can dance as well.
Unlike other clubs, Coco Bongo boasts lively performances with musician impersonators, live bands, acrobats, bubbles, confetti and the like. As you can see, it’s not your typical DJ-controlled club.
Other notable clubs in Cancun include:
- Party Rockers
- After Dark Events and Entertainment
- The City
And the list is way longer! You can party all night long if that’s your thing.
Stay at Your Hotel
Chances are you just want to stay at your hotel and not worry about hiring a tour. Maybe you don’t want to be pressed for time or maybe you don’t have too much money to spare. Whatever the reason is, you will probably prefer to stay at the hotel. Nothing wrong with that. Just to give you an example, I have a couple of relatives who almost always spend the whole time at the hotel when they go to Cancun. They say they just want to rest. It’s not my ideal type of vacation, but I understand some people think like that.
Some hotels have casinos, restaurants, shows, sports tournaments, and activities for the whole family. You won’t get bored if you decide to stay at one of these hotels.
What you will find may vary from hotel to hotel, but usually, resorts include all the activities above. However, make sure what’s included because some things like golf and spa treatments are usually not included.
Some of the most booked resorts include:
- The Royal Sands Resort and Spa
- Hyatt Ziva Cancun
- GR Solaris Cancun & Spa
- Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun
- Riu Palace Peninsula
You can search more about resorts and book yours here.
Cancun has it all. You can never go wrong with it. Whether you’re traveling solo, with family or friends, you will always find something to do that fits your preferences and budget. There is a lot of stuff to do in Cancun. It’s just a matter of looking.
It comes as no surprise then that it’s one of Mexico’s most visited destinations. You can either be a party-hearty or a party hardy and have a good time. I’m somewhere in between and I have always enjoyed my stay.
As always, feel free to comment and ask any questions below. I’d love to hear from you. See you soon!
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Book your flight
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Book your accommodation
The next thing you have to do is secure your lodging. Whether you prefer a hostel, a guesthouse, a B&B, or a hotel, you can find them all on Booking. You can find lodging of all kinds ranging from cheap to expensive and somewhere in between. Many people have scored good deals using it.
Another popular option is Hostelworld. This website focuses on hostels as opposed to hotels.
Book a tour
In some places, you might want to hire a tour. Not all places are equally accessible to visit by oneself. It helps enormously when you visit with a local guide who can show you around and answer any questions you might have…all in your native language. My to-go place is Viator as they offer tours of all kinds and have a presence all over the world.
Rent a car
Public transportation is usually cheaper than renting a car, but it’s sometimes more complicated and time-consuming. That’s a reality. In some cases, it’s more convenient to rent a car. My recommendation is Rentalcars.com. Here you can compare rates and choose the one that fits you best.
Get travel insurance
Never travel without a travel insurance policy, especially during these days! Travel insurance can literally save your life. My personal recommendations are World Nomads and Insured Nomads. Both companies cover COVID-19 related incidents, which is crucial these days.
Just click on the “Plan your trip” tab at the top of this page, and you will find more resources like getting Mexican insurance for your foreign car, buying travel accessories, and learning Spanish. And, of course, don’t forget to check back often to read about more tips on Mexico travel.