Cancun, a city of over 700,000 people, is located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. With its bright blue waters, sandy beaches, and plethora of resort options, Cancun is one of the largest tourist destinations in the world. People from all over the world flock to Cancun to enjoy the sun, nightlife, atmosphere, and the interesting Mayan roots of the Yucatan Peninsula.
5 Must-See Attractions
- Chichen Itza:Visit Chichen Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula. A former Mayan temple, “El Castillo,” sits at the center exposing magnificent “New World” architecture of a past culture.
- Tulum:Experience the wonder of Mayan culture, in this walled cliff-top city. Drive a little ways from the hub in Cancun and step into a chapter of Mayan history.
- Playa Delfines: Enjoy the calm, cool, and sand of this public beach in Cancun. It boasts beautiful views of the bright blue Caribbean water and plenty of sun for everyone.
- Museo Maya de Cancun: Take a walk through the history of the Yucatan in this museum highlighting the rich culture of the Maya.
- Avenida Kukulkan: Check out all of the action on the main drag through Cancun with plenty of restaurants, hotels, and other fun things to do.
- Selvatica Canopy Tours: Zipline through a number of different course options, grab lunch, and enjoy the ocean at the end of the day.
- Interactive Aquarium: Reach out and touch a plethora of sea creatures in Cancun’s Interactive Aquarium.
- Cancun Scuba Center: Why look out at the sea when you can immerse yourself inside it? Take a tour of the vibrant underwater life around Cancun.
- Horseback Riding: Ride through the jungle or along the beaches around Cancun on horseback.
- Xel-Ha:Swim and interact with the dolphins just like the trainers do.
- Les Cepages Restaurant: Enjoy the food of the region and the top-notch service in the fine-dining establishment in Cancun.
- Puerto Madero Cancun: Take a trip outside of the resort to this steakhouse known for its great octopus with an Argentinian flare.
- Vegan Planet: Enjoy healthy food, carefully prepared meals, and fantastic pizza at this vegan establishment.
- I Famosi Pasta: If authentic Italian pizza is your flavor, stop by I Famosi Pasta for great pasta and pizza.
- Wazaaabi: Try some of the best sushi in Cancun at this Asian-fusion restaurant.
5 Nightlife Recommendations
- Carlos’n Charlie’s:A nice bar with good food and drink along with music and dancing from time to time.
- The City Discotheque: Dance the night away at one of the largest clubs in Latin America.
- Cuncrawl: Hop to and from some of the most fun bars and clubs in Cancun with a guided group.
- Congo Bar: Check out this bar-nightclub mix in Cancun that is a little less expensive than the rest.
- Senor Frog’s Bar and Party Boat: As one of the biggest tourist attractions in Cancun’s nightlife, Senor Frog’s is a nice place to have some fun with a group of people.
- Columbus Lobster Dinner Cruise: Enjoy a dreamy evening under the stars on a ship modeled after historical Spain with lobster and drink.
- Spa Massage Day:Indulge in a day at the spa for total relaxation and luxury in one of many locations in Cancun.
- The Club Grille: Sit down for some old world glamour and live jazz music in this hotel restaurant.
- El Dorado Seaside Suites: Stay a night at this secluded and romantic beachfront resort.
- Underground River: Spend some time with your significant other relaxing next to or wading into one of Cancun’s underground rivers.
- NIZUC Resort and Spa- Blvd Kukulcan Km 21, Cancun 77500, Mexico
- Ritz-Carlton Cancun- Retorno del Rey 36 Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico
- Moon Palace Resort- Carretera Federal 307 Km 340, Cancun 77500, Mexico
- Le Blanc Spa Resort- Blvd Kukulkan Km.10 - Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico
- Iberostar Cancun- Blvd Kukulcan Km 17, Cancun 77500, Mexico
- Chilaquiles: This authentic Mexican dish contains chicken, eggs, cream, cheese, and salsa, and is a delicious must-try when in Cancun.
- Elote: This is a boiled corn dish covered in a variety of spices with popular Mexican sauce options.
- Guacamole: The core of guacamole is made of avocado. It’s combined with a variety of mashed up fruits, vegetables, and spices.
- Pozole: Made from corn, herbs, and a variety of meat, this Mexican soup is a great option to try on a visit to Cancun.
- Arroz con Leche: This rice pudding mixed with cinnamon is great for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Climate and What To Pack: Year round, the climate in Cancun stays warm and pleasant. The temperatures usually hover between the 70’s and 80’s with rare spikes and fluctuations. Precipitation is higher in the autumn months, so a jacket would be recommended for a trip in the fall. However, the constant warmth mandates a need for shorts and a tee-shirt, and definitely a bathing suit. Electrical Converter Information: Most electrical outlets in Cancun are equipped for standard U.S. plugs, best for 120 volt appliances with 60 Hz. Cultural Differences: As with every tourist destination, we recommended caution be taken when out exploring the nightlife of an unfamiliar city. Transportation: The best way to traverse around Cancun is to utilize the extensive bus network. Since driving can be stressful, the bus offers an easy alternative to reach almost any destination. Taxis are also available to reach anywhere around the city. If unsure of which method to take, ask the hotel for advice. Paperwork Needed for the Trip: To travel outside of the U.S., you will need a valid passport with sufficient blank pages. Before traveling we recommend that you consult your local consulate of the country you are visiting to ensure you obtain the proper paperwork and identification. Air Travel Information: Cancun is serviced by one major airport: Cancun International Airport (CUN). The airport has ample public transportation and taxi services to carry you to and from your destination. Nearly all major airlines fly to CUN such as: JetBlue, United, Delta, Southwest, American Airlines, and more. Safety Precautions: It’s important to keep in mind Cancun is a big and crowded city. Because of this there are always precautions to take that reduce the risk of loss and theft. Scan all major documents and email them to yourself before leaving, so even if your bag goes missing you still have copies. Be sure to keep a list of your emergency contacts with you at all times and always send your itinerary to a friend. Both men and women should avoid carrying valuables in their pockets, especially in their back pockets. Women should consider wearing an over-the-shoulder purse with a zipper; we carry a great brand of these bags called PacSafe, which greatly helps in reducing the risk of theft. Trip Highlights: If you only have a few days to spend, we recommend visiting the Mayan ruins, taking plenty of time at the beach, and enjoying some outdoor activities. Best Luggage to Use: Wheeled luggage is the way to go because often in the city you are walking from block to block for a taxi or subway. Also, a small over the shoulder bag or backpack would be useful for daily travels. Must Have Travel Accessories: As with any city, it is best to carry your money and credit cards in your front pocket. To accommodate this, try using a small money clip to keep in your pants pocket. Also, these garment bags maybe useful if you plan to bring a suit or dress for a night on the town check out our garment bags. We also recommend looking at our packing accessories.