With 3.3 million visitors each year, it’s hard to believe that around 50 years ago the area known as Cancun was deserted save for a few inhabitants and many undiscovered beaches. That all changed in the late 1960s when the government decided to develop this “7” shaped portion of Mexico into a tourist destination. Now Cancun is world-renowned for its pristine beaches, bustling hotel scene, and energetic nightlife. The area boasts numerous attractions and activities for every type of traveler, and we’ve comprised five guest approved things to do in Cancun.

First and foremost, the…

1. Beaches

Sometimes the best thing to do on vacation is to bask in the glory of doing nothing. That’s where the beach comes in. Activities are fun and exciting, but when you’re on vacation to relax it’s always nice to take it easy, hang out at the resort pool or beach, and soak up some rays. If you’re looking for a beach, you’ve come to the right place. Cancun is home to 14 miles of gorgeous, white, sandy shores. Many all-inclusive resorts offer private beaches for their guests to ensure you get the sweet, relaxing serenity you’ve bargained for.

If you enjoy wading out in calm, smooth waters, be sure to check out Cancun’s northside beaches; such as, Playa Las Perlas and Playa Langosta. If you are looking for bigger waves and more excitement, the eastside beaches might be for you, like Playa Delfines and Playa Marlin. No matter your preference, the beautiful Cancun waters are a breathtaking turquoise hue accented by soft, white sand perfect for relaxing, soaking up the sun, and allowing your stress to melt away.

2. Cancun Underwater Museum

MUSA is where ecology meets art.

This underwater museum serves more purposes than just providing snorkelers with some exciting new territory to explore. The more than 500 sculptures that make up the underwater museum create a “reef structure” where sea life can colonize. According to MUSA’s website, the sculptures are made from materials that help promote coral life.

There are a few ways you can experience this famous exhibit. MUSA offers guests a ride in a glass bottom boat, or the adventurous traveler can marvel at the statues while snorkeling or scuba diving!

3. Ik Kil

Did you know that the Yucatan Peninsula is home to the longest underground rivers in the world? When limestone bedrock in caves collapsed, sinkholes formed, revealing underground water systems known as cenotes.

Used as the main water source for the Mayans, these underwater caves are now popular for swimmers, divers, and snorkelers. Cenotes are so old that fossilized remains of camels, massive jaguars, mammoths, sloths, and horses have been found in them!

Ik Kil is about 130 feet deep and 85 feet from the surface. Though this is a bit of a drive from Cancun, travelers attest to its natural beauty and the excitement of visiting such a unique natural phenomenon.

4. Xcaret Park

Experience Mexico like never before with this eco-archaeological park. This distinctive attraction allows guests to enjoy Mexico’s history by experiencing cultural exhibits such as a traditional Fiesta Charra and a Maya Ball Game. Animal and nature enthusiasts can spend their time in Jaguar Island and the Butterfly Pavilion or take a snorkeling tour and swim in underground rivers.

Xcaret Park features a handful of parks and several onsite tours with new experiences being added all the time. Perfect for children and adults, a trip to Xcaret Park is something you definitely want to find time to do in Cancun!

5. Chichén Itzá

Located only about 8 minutes away from Ik Kil by car, Chichén Itzá tells a story of civilization more than a thousand years ago.

This site contains pyramids, temples, and other structures made by the Mayans. The most famous structure is the Temple of Kukulkan, or El Castillo, which boasts 365 steps. Having created the 365-day calendar, the Mayans were masters of astrology, and each step represents one day in the year. Those who visit during the spring and autumn equinoxes will see a shadow in the shape of a serpent “slithering” down the steps.

The All-Inclusive Advantage

Of course, most BookIt Guests are staying at an all-inclusive resort when they visit Cancun, and a top recommendation continues to be not “overscheduling” your trip with excursions. Be sure to leave several days to just chill at the resort and enjoy the included (unlimited) food, drinks (including alcohol), and other amenities and activities at Cancun all-inclusive resorts. Don’t miss these 5 guest favorite things to do in Cancun!

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