Attractions in and Around Cancun

Mayan Ruins 

Chichen Itza This huge complex of magnificent Mayan ruins is one of the biggest in Mexico. It dates back to 600 AD and the Mayan civilization. It features in the center the majestic pyramid of Kulkulkan, and its accompanying buildings. 

Tulum is the only walled city near the ocean the Mayans ever constructed. It was built between 1200 and 1500 A.D. and it is an easy day-trip away. 

Coba means "water stirred by wind," getting this name for the beautiful lakes nearby. It is one of the largest Mayan cities in existence. The Nohoch Mul is the tallest pyramid on the peninsula with 138 feet. 

Other ancient ruins worth visiting are Uxmal, Monte Alban and Mitla 

Isla Mujeres

The island is five miles long and half a mile wide, and only six miles away from Cancun. There are three excellent beaches starting with Playa de los Cocos in the north end, with calm waters, silky sand and lots of water sports.  Playa Lancheros located at the southern end is very secluded, featuring live sea turtle pens and a separate area for swimming. Playa Garrafon is an excellent national underwater park perfect for snorkeling.  Nearby the Banderas, Cuervones and Manchones reefs are for experienced divers. 

Cozumel Island

68 kilometers south of Cancun, Cozumel has excellent hotels and resorts, beautiful beaches with water sports of all kind, world-famous snorkeling and diving and a National Archaeological Park with Botanical Gardens.

Xcaret

A 250-acre ecological theme park located along the Caribbean coastline, featuring an underground river for swimming and a Dolphinarium where visitors can get in the water with tame dolphins. 

Xel-Ha 

A natural aquarium where you can swim with the fish. 

National Institute of Anthropology and History

Museum located on the ground floor of the city's convention center, features a collection of 1,000 to 1,500-year-old artifacts showcasing the Maya culture.  Quintana Roo, Paseo Kukulcán Km 9 Phone: 98/830305 

Ruinas del Rey

This archaeological, even though is small, is notable for its unusual architecture of two main plazas bounded by two streets. The majority of Maya cities had one plaza and few streets. This site may have been a royal burial ground.  Paseo Kukulkán Km 17 

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

Over a million acres nature reserve, made up of about one-third wetlands, one-third tropical forest and one-third marine systems, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The reserve maintains ecological diversity while it provides the native population with agricultural and ecological opportunities to make a living. Friends of Sian Ka'an is a non-profit group that operates biologist-escorted tours from Cancun that help the biosphere concept support itself via low-impact tourism. 

Folkloric Ballet

This world renowned dance troupe performs traditional dances, featuring truly authentic costumes, choreography and music. Continental Villas Plaza 

Mexican Fiestas 

Dinner show featuring Mexican music and dance, while enjoying a huge buffet. 

Cruises 

Caribbean Funday Cruise goes to Isla Mujeres, from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm.

The Tropical Cruiser takes you to Isla Mujeres and El Garrafon Beach. 

The Treasure Island Cruise leaves at 8:00 am, for swiming, snorkeling or shopping, it includes
lunch. 

Sunshine Cruise goes to Isla Mujeres through the lagoon, allowing you to snorkel and swim in
the midst of the giant sea turtles. It includes buffet lunch. 

Mexico Magico a mini-theme park. 

Avenida Tulum

Many restaurants and shops are located along this avenue. Life-size reproductions of ancient Mexican art are displayed on the median, including the Aztec calendar stone and the Atlantids of Tula among others. 

Plaza Caracol

With 200 shops this is the largest and most modern resort shopping area.  Blvd. Kukulcan km. 8.5, Hotel zone.