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

Several palm trees with turquoise waters in the background.

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

A few people hanging out at 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.

Several tourists taking a tour of some Mayan ruins.

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:

  • Tulum
  • Chichen Itza
  • Xcaret
  • Xel Ha
  • Catamaran Isla Mujeres
  • Cozumel

Go Party!

Musical performance with several actors on stage dressed in black and white and a huge screen behind them.

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
  • Cuncrawl
  • After Dark Events and Entertainment
  • The City
  • Palazzo
  • Mandala
  • Congo

And the list is way longer! You can party all night long if that’s your thing.

Stay at Your Hotel

Hotel view of a swimming pool and a garden in the background.

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.

Final Thoughts

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!

Book your trip now!

Book your flight

The first thing you have to do is find cheap flights. But where do you find those? There are many search engines, but the one I highly recommend is Skyscanner. Here you can compare fares from all over the world and pick the one that suits you best.

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 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.

More resources

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.

22 Replies to “Stuff to Do in Cancun – More Than Just Spring Break”

  1. I just recently started the process of obtaining my passport and Cancun is on my top 5 list of places I would like to visit first! This all sounds so beautiful and amazing. I especially like your option of staying at the hotel. I find it relaxing to stay in a beautiful hotel and relax while I’m on vacation. I know I don’t have to worry about cleaning or going anywhere if I don’t feel like it – no responsibilities.

    It is also nice to know that there is no “bad” time to visit! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi, Kay,

      That’s so cool! I’m glad you’re getting your passport and also that Cancun is on your top 5 list.

      Personally, I like to go out, explore, soak in the culture, etc. The hotel is always the least important of my worries. Don’t get me wrong. I like to stay at a nice hotel, but it’s not my priority.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Great article on Cancun! I’ve never been, but I know a lot of people who have. With the rainy season from May to October is looks like the Winter months may be the best time to go…especially with it being cold here in the US.

  3. I have been to Mexico before and never thought of some of the trips and ideas that you have talked about. In the future if my family and I decide to go again I will keep these in mind. I like that there are so many different bars and other things to do other than stay and play. I do like to relax on vacation but also like to explore the area. That’s one of the reasons to go on vacation is to learn about the locations that you are in. Very beautiful and warm vacations for sure thank you for the great information and enjoy the thoughts of warm weather this winter season.
    Thank you

    1. Hi, Douglas,

      Glad to help. That’s one of the main objectives of this site.

      Cancun is famous for its beaches and nightlife, but there are a lot of things you can do. You can just relax, take a tour and whatnot.

      Hope you visit soon. Let me know if I can be of assistance. Thanks for commenting.

  4. I enjoyed reading your article about Cancun. I have never been there but my brother has. Says it is a really great place to visit and lots of things to do. The beaches look so lovely and they look real good to swim in. I think I need a holiday. Great article, Thanks.

    1. Hi, Adrian,

      You need to visit and see for yourself. If you like what you see in pictures, you’ll love what you’ll see in person.

      I hope you visit soon. Thanks for commenting.

  5. We just moved back to the U.S. from the U.K. and Cancun is high on my list of places to go while we are on this side of the world. You’ve convinced me. If you had to pick only two tours to do, which would you recommend? I’d love to go diving as well.

    1. Hi, Rebecca,

      You can easily go to Cancun from the U.S.

      Answering your question, I would say Tulum and Xcaret. That way you can visit an archaeological site and have some fun at one of Cancun’s coolest parks.

      Thanks for commenting.

  6. I have always heard that Cancun is a great place to go for a winter holiday. Thanks for the great post. It makes me want to go. Those white sands and blue water are beautiful!

    1. Hi, Carolyn,

      Yes, Cancun is a great vacation spot all year round. It’s not as hot during winter, but you can still enjoy the beach and many other activities.

      Hope you visit soon. Thanks for commenting.

  7. What a nice article to read about Cancun.
    I am just a bit too far away for a quick visit. I think after this article I will add “Cancun holiday” to my bucket list 🙂

  8. Hi Enrique
    Great post!
    I’m like you, I like to actually explore a place if I’m going to visit. If I just wanted to lie in the sun at a hotel then I would book a cheap all-inclusive to Tenerife (mind you, I do live in the UK so it’s my nearest holiday spot.
    Got to admit, I’ve always fancied Cancun, and have head friends in the past who have been and raved about it. I especially LOVE the fact that there is so much to do activitywise, and also beach sports! I love anything to do with fitness, and this doesn’t change when I’m away 🙂
    Sounds like Cancun has great nightlife too to make it attractive to all age groups, It’s definitely on my bucket list!

    1. Hi, Stefanie,

      I guess we’re all different. There are people who just want to relax and not worry about anything, but there are others like us who like to go out and explore. Either is fine.

      I’ve heard Tenerife is a nice vacation spot. I’d like to visit someday.

      And yeah, Cancun has lots of activities whether you’re into sports, adventure, culture, cuisine, partying, etc. You will always find something cool to do either with family or friends.

      Hope you visit soon. Let me know if I can be of any assistance. Thanks for commenting.

  9. wow I have actually bookmarked this post and I will refer to it as this is one of the places I will be going to in the future since I love Mexico.

    I love the fact that Cancun is warm throughout the year which makes travelling easier

    1. Hi, Thabo,

      Yes, fortunately you can visit any time of the year and enjoy all there is to do.

      Hope you visit soon. Let me know if you need any tips. Thanks for dropping by.

  10. Hi Enrique,
    I wanted to make a comment sooner but, I still have a 9 to 5 to deal with. Regarding your web page, I think it is very informative. In fact, I’ve been considering taking a trip to Xcaret with my daughter. I saw a virtual tour of the theme park there and it is fabulous and 10X bigger than the Disney theme park. We’d be there with our group to get a Hotel discount and everything is all inclusive including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I still haven’t made up my mind yet but your website has got me ALL PUMPED UP! Great Job!

    1. Hi, Deatrice,

      No worries. We’ve all got things to do.

      Glad you found this useful. That’s one of the main objectives of my site.

      You’ll love Xcaret. It’s a really cool park. No wonder it’s one of the most visited attractions in the Cancun area.

      Hope you visit soon. Let me know how it went. Thanks for commenting.

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