10 Must See Things in Cancun

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Joel Fulleda

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Cancun is a Mexican city on the Yucatan Peninsula. It is located on the renowned Riviera Maya, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and bathed by the Caribbean Sea. Over the years it has become a real tourist destination thanks to its varied offer of history and culture, nature and beaches, relaxation and fun. In short, in Cancun you never get bored and every type of traveler can be satisfied. Then here is a list for you 10 things to see absolutely in Cancun.


  1. Tortugas Beach
  2. Punta Sur
  3. Laguna Nichupté
  4. The King
  5. The Meco
  6. Maya Museum
  7. Underwater Museum
  8. Tortugranja
  9. Dolphin Discovery
  10. Xcaret Park
  11. Plan your trip: Hotel and Tour
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Playa Tortugas

Once you arrive in Cancun the first thing you will look for is definitely a beach and Playa Tortuga will be the first on which you will set foot. This beach is the best known and most populated in Cancun because it is located near the center, it offers all the necessary services, it is bathed by a beautiful sea and also at night it becomes the center of fun between parties and clubs.

  • From downtown Cancun it can be reached in 10 minutes by car or taxi via Blvd Kukulcan street - Get Directions
  • Always accessible
  • Free

2 - Punta Sur

Staying on the theme of the sea and beaches, Punta Sur is a true masterpiece of nature and is the southernmost point of nearby Isla Mujeres, the small island off the coast of Cancun. Punta Sur is located on a large cliff overlooking the sea, surrounded by the turquoise sea and a rich vegetation, reachable by a single and narrow road.

  • From the port of Cancun take the Punta Sam-Isla Mujeres ferry, approximately 35 minutes journey. Once you arrive at the port of the island travel south by car or taxi on Av Rueda Medina road, then walk on the small road that leads from the cliff top to the beach - Get directions
  • Always accessible
  • Free
  • Isla Mujeres: Full-Day All-Inclusive Catamaran Tour

3 - Nichupté lagoon

It is a natural ecosystem that stretches over 3.000 hectares in the heart of Cancun. The lagoon is made up of mangroves of four different types (red, black, white and buttonwood) inhabited by wild species such as crocodiles, leopards, iguanas and turtles.

  • The lagoon is bordered by Blvd Kukulcan road which starts from the center of Cancun. Along this road you can stop anywhere and start visiting the lagoon - Get directions
  • Always accessible
  • Access to the lagoon is free, but a boat tour or rental of a speedboat is recommended to better explore its interior.
  • Motorboat in the Nichupté lagoon

4 - El Rey

El Rey is an archaeological site in Cancun which testifies to the historic home of the homonymous region by the Maya population. The ruins found inside this park are today the home of a large colony of iguanas that you can admire while they move in total freedom in their natural habitat.

  • From Cancun it can be reached in 15 minutes by car or taxi along the Blvd Kukulcan road which then becomes the Punta Nizuc-Cancun road - Get directions
  • 8 pm (CET)
  • 50 Pesos (€ 2,30)

5 - El Meco

El Meco is another archaeological site dating back to the Mayan civilization, a must visit if you are in Cancun. It is located north of the town and was an important trading post for the region. Its main structure is certainly the Castillo a pyramid of 5 levels which is preserved intact.

  • It is about 8 km from Cancun and can be reached in 15 minutes by car or taxi along the Av Bonampak road northbound - Get directions
  • 8 pm (CET)
  • 40 Pesos (€ 1,80)

6 - Maya Museum

If you have visited the two archaeological sites of the Maya, you can only complete the tour dedicated to the discovery of this ancient civilization with a visit of about an hour to the Museum dedicated to it. Historical and archaeological finds, objects, statuettes and so on await you in the various rooms of the museum.

  • Accessible from Cancun in just 15 minutes by car or taxi, via Blvd Kukulcan road which then becomes Punta Nizuc-Cancun road - Get directions
  • 9 pm (CET)
  • 70 Pesos (€ 3,25)

7 - Underwater Museum

This is definitely one of the most bizarre and particular museums in the world. As the word itself suggests, it is a underwater museum and to visit it you will have to immerse yourself and observe all that is on display. The main theme of the museum is the art of conservation, so you will find around 500 works and sculptures by various artists entirely immersed in water and perfectly preserved.

  • It is 11 km from Cancun, almost 20 minutes by car or taxi. You need to exit Cancun via the Av Rodrigo Gomez road heading south and then take the 307 Cancun-Tulum - Get directions
  • 9 pm (CET)
  • The prices vary according to the tour you want to do inside the museum, from 30 to 140 Pesos. (€ 1,40 - 6,50)

8 - Tortugranja

Tortugranja can be defined as the turtle house. This facility is located on Isla Mujeres and was created for the repopulation of the species. Visiting it you can admire many small and large specimens.

  • To reach Isla Mujeres you have to take the Punta Sam-Isla Mujeres ferry from the port of Cancun. After about 35 minutes of travel you will arrive at the port of the island from which you go south along the Av Rueda Medina road - Get directions
  • 9 pm (CET)
  • 30 Pesos (€ 1,40)
  • Isla Mujeres: day trip with lunch and open bar

9 - Dolphin Discovery

To stay on the subject of animals, also on Isla Mujeres there is also the Dolphin Discovery, the water park dedicated to dolphins, where you can swim, play and have fun with these cute mammals.

  • Take the Punta Sam-Isla Mujeres ferry to reach Isla Mujeres. After about 35 minutes of travel you arrive at the port of the island from which you have to go south along the Av Rueda Medina road. - Get directions
  • 9 pm (CET)
  • Prices vary according to the activities you want to do in the park and what you choose to include in the package at the time of purchase.

10 - Xcaret Park

Xcaret Park is the largest water park in the area and in the Riviera Maya, with over 50 cultural and natural attractions. You can swim in underground rivers, admire the coral reefs, visit the butterfly pavilion, enjoy Mexican cuisine and take part in various evening shows.

  • It is 1 hour and 20 minutes by car from Cancun, but is easily accessible via the 307 Tulum-Cancun road. - Get directions
  • 8 pm (CET)
  • 1.733 Pesos (€ 80,00)
  • Riviera Maya Xcaret Park Ticket Delphinus Xcaret: All-Inclusive Pass and Swim with Dolphins Full-Day Xcaret Eco-Waterpark Excursion from Cancun

Plan your trip: Hotel and Tour

Reaching Cancun is very simple thanks to the presence of a nearby airport well connected to the center. Moving around Cancun and surrounding areas is also not difficult at all due to the presence of countless colectivos, minibuses used as taxis to share with other travelers, which are also the cheapest way to get around.
As for where to stay, this is also no problem at all. Cancun offers a varied choice of hostels, hotels, residences and resorts starting from very low prices.

  • starting from € 525,00 -
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 29,00 per night -
  • Isla Mujeres: Full-Day Catamaran Tour All Inclusive Sunset Boat Trip with Wine Tasting
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