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Cancun, a beautiful and interesting tale of two cities, offers the best of both worlds through natural and cultural attractions. This Mexican city has a lot to offer and this is the right place to actually get to know about “Cancun” and what the city has kept for you.

Explore the Charming Cancun

According to the historical story about Cancun, this city is bifurcated into two main downtown areas, El Centro, and Zona Hotelera. These traditional areas offer several leisure vacation spots, which are not-to-miss spots in Cancun, Mexico.

Beach Fun in Cancun, Mexico

Cancun is best known for its beautiful beaches and here is the list of the best beaches to visit during Cancun vacation:

  • Playa Delfines 

  • Playa del Carmen

  • Puerto Morelos

  • Playa Chac Mool

  • Playa Tortugas

  • Playa Forum

For Historical Sites in Cancun, Mexico

Apart from beaches, this Mexican city is known for having the world's best archaeological sites to visit. Here is the list of archaeological sites to be added in your travel bucket list:

  • Chichen Itza

  • El Rey Mayan Ruins 

  • El Meco Archaeological Site

  • Tulum

For Famous Attractions in Cancun, Mexico

Cancun is a place for everyone, so here is the list of popular vacation spots that can’t be ignored when in this Mexican city:

  • The Mayan Museum 

  • The Scenic Tower Cancun 

  • The Cancun Underwater Museum

  • Urbano Kabah Park

  • Isla Mujeres

  • Xcaret

  • Xel-Ha

  • Selvatica

It’s time to explore other angles of the area and what could be a better way to start with than the history. 

Around four decades ago, Cancun island is hardly revealed to any tourist; however, with the great effort of making Cancun tourism lead this isolated land to its existence. This island is situated in a nearly forgotten region of the Carribean, consisted of a series of sand dunes. These “7” shaped sand dunes would take you by surprise as you look at the bizarre beauty of these dunes. 

Let’s delve deeper into the historic layers of Cancun history with this timeline:

550-1000: during this period of time, the evolution of the Mayan culture took place.

1502-1511: Spanish people first encountered Mayan people and looted many precious things. 

1700: “Cancun” or “Cankun” first appeared on the maps.

1764: Sugar Act was initiated to earn more money.

1765: George Grenville persuaded Parliament to pass the Stamp Act and Quartering Act.

1775: it was the start of the Revolutionary War. 

1776: the Declaration of Independence from England was made. 

1777: the Articles of Confederation were made. 

1786: Annapolis convention took place to amend the Articles of Confederation. 

1787: the Signing of the Constitution. The Constitution was signed by 33 of its original 55 delegates.

1970:  the construction of the Cancun resort was begun by the Mexican government.

1974: the Cancun's International Airport was opened 

1988: Hurricane Gilbert slammed Cancun, Jamaica which resulted in killing my people. 

 

Things to Do During Cancun Vacations (Paid and Free)

When heading out for Cancun, beaches are one of the common things to do in Cancun; however, this is not the only thing to do as it is a biodiverse city rich in culture and history. Cancun has a lot to offer, ranging from mystical ruins to advanced adventurous activities. This Mexican city has something for everyone, therefore, get ready for the things that would take you back in periodic time and for activities that would get your adrenaline pumping. 

Visit Chichen Itza (Ticket Required)

An archaeological site with an impressive step story of pyramids, Chichen Itza is famous for its pyramid ruins. Every year, this ruined ancient Mayan city draws a huge this intriguing place, which makes it one of the new seven wonders of the world. This ruined ancient city dates back to the 5th century, but the majestic building was built between the 9th century to the 12th century. To make it more understandable, Chichen Itza is home to several ancient buildings, including El Castillo (the Temple of Kukulkan), the Temple of Warriors, El Caracol, the Great Ball Court, and many more. All these ancient buildings are the amalgamation of Puuc, Maya, and Toltec styles that look exceptionally good. Apart from these sites, there are other impressive structures and landmarks to count on. These include:

  • The Sacred Cenote -  known as a place of pilgrimage and sacrifice

  • The Tzompantli - a place is also known as a skull rack, where skulls of captured warriors are displayed through the wooden skull rack. 

Visit Tulum 

Just about an hour and a half away from Cancun, Tulum offers great views by the beachside and is a nice getaway from the city for the tourists. This place is an amalgamation of Maya ruins, beaches, and cenotes. Therefore, it is recommended to start a journey from the Tulum beach and since there is a lot to see, leave before the sun is high on its attitude (high and hot). It is an ideal place to roam around to explore many small cenotes having fishes and turtles.

MUSA - Cancun Underwater Museum (Ticket Required)

This underwater art museum is the largest artificial reef in the world showcasing the best sculptures underwater. It is situated between Cancun and Isla Mujeres where over sculptures are being displayed under marine. Started with a vision to encourage the growth of coral reef and marine life, displaying the stone artwork by the six artists. Although, the new sculptures are being installed due to the obscuration of the older ones. Glass-bottom boat is the best way to explore the place; however, snorkeling and scuba diving are the ideal ways to reach to this mesmerizing place. 

Water-Related Activities 

Beaches are the key factor to enjoy water sports and when you are around water. Most of the water-sporty people like to do the following water activities:

  • Snorkeling 

  • Scuba Diving 

  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

  • Cruising 

  • Swimming with turtles

These are not all, Cancun has a lot more to offer you, do visit Cancun to explore what it has in store for you. It is always wise to hire Cancun Agents to get your Cancun Vacation sorted. 

Things To Do For Free In Cancun

Playa Tortugas (Free)

Top place or those who feel good to be around water and pristine white sand. It is the best beach spot in Mexico offering a relaxed atmosphere and scrumptious food serving the open restaurants. And the most amazing thing about this place is that it is situated on the Cancun “7” alongside the Hotel Zone. Buses and rental cars are easily accessible to this place. 

Playa Marlin (Free)

Playa Marlin, situated in the Hotel Zone, which is just a few minutes away from the Kukulcan Plaza shopping mall, offering the best beach views and pristine white sand. This beach is intact with all the necessary safety precautions which make it a safe place for swimming. This public beach is perfect for those who are not staying beachside and seeks peace while sitting on the relaxing beach sand. 

Avenida Kukulkan (Free)

This place is ideal for long walks, jogs, and running, so those who are health-cautions must take a stroll here to stay fit for free. During Cancun vacation, take some time out to do some morning walks, jogs, and long walks. It is the safest place to visit; however, some tourists enjoy the existence of crocodiles lurking in the lagoonside of the roadside. 

 

Best Month To Visit Cancun

From December to April, it is considered as the peak season to explore the beauty of Cancun. However, the following table speaks more than what a picture could speak:

 

Travel Seasons 

Weather by Month 

Events and Festivals 

Activities to Do 

  High Season (December-March)

December

(Comfortable)

Cancun Marathon

Surfing, Sportfishing

 

January

     (Warm and Dry)

Mayan Village Show

Swimming, Snorkeling, and Diving

 

February 

(Slightly Drier)

El Dia de Candelaria/Tamale Day

Whales and Whale Sharks Watching, Sportfishing

 

March 

(Driest)

Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza

Whales and Whale Sharks Watching

   Low Season (June-October)

June

(Rainy)

Festival de Los Oceanos

Surfing, Sportfishing

 

July

(Slightly Rainy)

Isla Mujeres Whale Shark Festival

Whales and Whale Sharks Watching

 

August

(Humid)

ZoukMX

Sportfishing

 

September 

(Rainiest) 

Salsa Casino Mayan Congress

Surfing, Sportfishing

 

October

(Cloudy) 

Cancun Jazz Festival

Snorkeling, and Diving

Shoulder Season (April-May and November-December)


November 

(Cool Month)

International Festival of Caribbean Culture:

Sportfishing, Snorkeling, and Diving

 

Mid December

(Slight Warm)

New Year’s Eve

Sportfishing, Snorkeling, and Diving

 

April 

(Driest)

Holy Week

Sportfishing, Hiking, and Camping, 

 

May 

(Driest) 

Festival de Cultura del Caribe

Sportfishing

Big Events and Festivals in Cancun 2019-2020

Events are festivals are the main reason for having any vacation, though, it is not necessarily important to travel around the time when a big event takes place. Just to have a fair idea on the events and festivals that will happen in Cancun. 

Top Event in January 

  • Mayan Village Show: takes place at Xcaret Park, which is just an hour away from Cancun. This ancient Mayan festival includes a jungle walk, dance performances, and music. 

Top Event in February 

  • Carnaval: one of the biggest events that happen in the month of February is a week-long celebration that takes place just before Ash Wednesday. 

Top Event in March

  • Inception Music Festival: the largest spring festival happens to occur in the month of March, featuring popular music artists to play live at the club.   

Top Event in April

  • Holy Week: the holy week that starts from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. 

Top Event in May

  • Festival de Cultura del Caribe: in honor to celebrate the Mayan, Mexican, and Caribbean culture featuring a wide variety of art forms and traditional food. 

Top Event in June

  • Festival de Los Oceanos: this festival occurs to celebrate the uplift ocean conservation. 

Top Event in July 

  • Isla Mujeres Whale Shark Festival: a week-long festival occurs to celebrate the Whale season by playing and swimming with them. 

Top Event in August

  • ZoukMX: the most popular ten-day music and dance festival that occurs in the month of August on Playa del Carmen beach. 

Top Event in September

  • Autumn Equinox on Chichen Itza: a festival takes place in the afternoon when the spring first light falls on the pyramid forming a snake-like shadow reaching up to the top of the pyramid. 

Top Event in October

  • Día de la Raza (Columbus Day): a colorful event held in several parts of America in remembrance of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in America. A parade shows the union of Spanish and Mexican people. 

Top Event in November

  • International Festival of Caribbean Culture: a six-day musical event takes place around Cancun and Quintana Roo in which music and dance are the highlights of the event, along with the poetry. 

Top Event in December

  • Sunset Boat Parade: happens at Jardin del Artes, this colorful event displaying a wide range of embellished watercraft.

Top Spots To Visit In Cancun 2019-2020

Chichen Itza - this place is worth visiting when on Cancun vacation. This archaeological site offers the Mayan culture and the pyramid-like El Castillo is the highlight of the area. It is home to the Maya civilization where tourists get a closer look into the history of Cancun. It is the most famous landmark on the Yucatan now that was once used as a temple of god Kukulkan by the Mayans. Autumn Equinox is a famous event, which takes place in the month of September forming a snake-like shadow when the first sunray touches the El Castillo. This is so amazing to witness the beauty of the entire scenario. 

Isla Mujeres - it is a Mexican Island famous for its sea turtle and this particular island is known as “Island of Women”. This island hosts some sites that are worth visiting, though, there are some places that are good to offer peace and tranquility. This island is so huge place that the Cancun agents recommend their clients to rent a golf cart to explore the area with ease. It is meant to be the best place to swim with sea turtle and apart from this activity, snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking are the water-sports that add more fun to the Cancun vacation. 

Delphinus Punta Cancun - the perfect place to enjoy playing with dolphins and dolphin-foot-push is a popular activity in which a dolphin pushes the visitor’s feet to such speed that a visitor could glide through the water. This place offers great interaction with dolphins which makes an unforgettable dolphin experience when you choose to swim with dolphins. 

M.U.S.A. (Museo Subacuatico de Arte) - one of the best tourist attractions in the world displaying impeccable underwater art of conservation. This underwater art museum is located near the Island of Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc, Cancun, showcasing over 500 sculptures made by the famous sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. This incredible underwater museum is bifurcated into three main galleries founded for recovering the natural reefs. 

  • Salon Machones, which an eight meters deep, located off the coast of Isla Mujeres is suitable for doing water activities such as snorkeling, and diving. 

  • The second one, Salon Nizuc is a four meters deep-sea gallery, situated at the southern tip of Cancun’s hotel zone is suitable only for snorkeling.

  • The third one, Punta Sam is 3.5 meters deep, is the newest one holding only a few sculptures. 

Salon Machones and Salon Nizuc were founded in 2009 and Punta Sam is founded recently. 

Top Spots To Visit In Cancun 2020

4-5 Days Cancun Vacation Packages 

Destinations: Isla Mujeres, Xcaret Park, MUSA Underwater Museum, Chichen Itza 

Minimum Price: $549*

Maximum Price: $709* 

Vacation Duration: 4-5 Days 

Activities on the Trip: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Surfing,Kayaking, Swimming, Coral reef, Jet skiing, Parasailing, Dolphin-foot-push, and many more exciting water sports. Apart from these, ruins of Mayan civilization are something that can’t be missed out on Cancun Vacation. 

Hotel Type: 4-5 star 

Payment mode: Debit/Credit Card, Cash

Note: Cancun package prices are not fixed, it is recommended to contact your Cancun agent to get a clear idea on the current package prices. 

6-7 Days Cancun Vacation Packages  

Destinations: MUSA Underwater Museum, Chichen Itza, Isla Mujeres, Xcaret Park, Tulum, Xcaret Park, Mayan Ruins, Xplor  

Minimum Price: $799*

Maximum Price: $1,007* 

Vacation Duration: 6-7 Days 

Activities on the Trip: Surfing,Kayaking, Swimming, Coral reef, Jet skiing, Parasailing, Extreme Adventure Cancun, Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Cruising on Columbus Lobster, Dolphin-foot-push, and many more exciting water sports. Mayan ruins offer some ancient existence of Mayan culture. 

Hotel Type: 4-5 star 

Payment mode: Debit/Credit Card, Cash

Note: Cancun package prices are not fixed, so do not consider it as it is. Contact your Cancun agent for a better on the current package prices. 

8-9 Days Cancun Vacation Packages 

Destinations: Xplor Fuego Park, MUSA Underwater Museum, Chichen Itza, Isla Mujeres, Xcaret Park, Tulum, Mayan Ruins, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Xoximilco  

Minimum Price: $949*

Maximum Price: $1,209* 

Vacation Duration: 8-9 Days 

Activities on the Trip: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Surfing,Kayaking, Swimming in the cenote (sinkhole), Coral reef, Snuba, Jet skiing, Parasailing, Ziplining, Gondola-like boat rides, and many more exciting water sports. Historical sites to visit. 

Hotel Type: 4-5 star 

Payment mode: Debit/Credit Card, Cash

Note: Cancun package prices are not fixed, it is recommended to contact your Cancun agent to get a clear idea on the current package prices. 

10-11 Days Cancun Vacation Packages  

Destinations: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Xoximilco, Xplor Fuego Park, MUSA Underwater Museum, Chichen Itza, Isla Mujeres, Xcaret Park, Tulum, Mayan Ruins

Minimum Price: $1,024*

Maximum Price: $1,509* 

Vacation Duration: 10-11 Days 

Activities on the Trip: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Surfing,Kayaking, Swimming, Ziplining, Coral reef, Extreme Adventure Park, ATV (all-terrain vehicle), Jet skiing, Parasailing, and many more exciting water sports. Historical sites to visit. 

Hotel Type: 4-5 star 

Payment mode: Debit/Credit Card, Cash

Note: Cancun package prices are not fixed, it is recommended to contact your Cancun agent to get a clear idea on the current package prices. 

12-13 Days Cancun Vacation Packages  

Destinations: MUSA Underwater Museum, Chichen Itza, Isla Mujeres, Xcaret Park, Tulum, Mayan Ruins, Xplor Fuego Park, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Xoximilco

Minimum Price: $1,300*

Maximum Price: $1,609* 

Vacation Duration: 12-13 Days 

Activities on the Trip: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Surfing,Kayaking, Ziplining, Swimming, Coral reef, Jet skiing, Extreme Adventure Park, ATV (all-terrain vehicle), Dolphin-foot-push, Parasailing, and many more exciting water sports. Historical sites to visit. 

Hotel Type: 4-5 star 

Payment mode: Debit/Credit Card, Cash

Note: Cancun package prices are not fixed, it is recommended to contact your Cancun agent to get a clear idea on the current package prices. 

14-15 Days Cancun Vacation Packages  

Destinations: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Xoximilco, MUSA Underwater Museum, Chichen Itza, Isla Mujeres, Xcaret Park, Tulum, Mayan Ruins, Xplor Fuego Park, Puerto Morelos

Minimum Price: $1,476*

Maximum Price: $1,978* 

Vacation Duration: 14-15 Days 

Activities on the Trip: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Surfing,Kayaking, Swimming, Coral reef,  Snuba or Helmet Diving, Dolphin-foot-push, Jet skiing, Parasailing, Extreme Adventure Park, ATV (all-terrain vehicle), Flyboarding, and many more exciting water sports. Historical sites to visit. 

Hotel Type: 4-5 star 

Payment mode: Debit/Credit Card, Cash

Note: Cancun package prices are not fixed, it is recommended to contact your Cancun agent to get a clear idea on the current package prices. 

Lastly,  please don’t take this vacation package into account when making your travel plans. 

Book #1 Online Travel Agents For Cancun Vacation 

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Our Cancun travel agents work well towards fulfilling the needs of their clients and ensure to provide the best deal suiting their preferences. Therefore, embark on the adventure of a lifetime with our wide selection of world-class adventure tours and create unforgettable experiences!  

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