Imagine basking in the sun with a drink in your hand and a spectacular view of turquoise waters, fine white sand, and palm trees. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a holiday, right? Cancún, situated in the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the breathtaking Caribbean Sea, is a dreamy vacation spot for beach lovers, spring breakers, and luxury travellers.
This little slice of paradise was built from the ground up just a little more than a decade ago. Yet today, it is among the most popular destinations in Mexico for its outstanding tourist infrastructure drawing in millions of visitors annually and for good reason. Beyond the awe-inspiring beaches, rich coral reef, upscale resorts, high-rise hotels, exceptional dining options, and a vibrant nightlife, the modern city has a lot more to offer.
You’ve probably seen the magical looking swimming holes on your Instagram timeline and wondered when you’d get to experience it. These swimming holes are called cenotes and they are all over Mexico. You will have to go on a two-hour drive from Cancun to reach the nearest Ik Kel cenote but the rewards for those who take the trip are plentiful. Be one with nature as you explore lush greenery, stunning caves and take a dip in the clear waters.
When in Cancun, this is an experience you cannot miss: witness the monumental statues of MUSA, a phenomenal underwater contemporary museum of art. The museum features over 500 permanent life-size sculptures that have been underwater since 2009. Few things can compare to witnessing one of the most ambitious underwater art attractions across the globe. You may access the museum by booking a spot on a glass bottom boat, scuba diving or snorkelling. The reefs are brimming with colourful fishes and other sea creatures.
Mexico serves as home to important historical structures such as the Mayan ruins. Chichen Itza is known as one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Why pass up on the opportunity to behold a vital piece of history? If you’re set on visiting Ik Kel cenote, you can squeeze in some time to visit as the ruins. Especially since they are just in the same vicinity.
If you ever manage to get yourself off of the inviting waters, do not miss the opportunity to visit El Rey Ruins. Step foot in the remaining traces of ancient Mayan city. As we mentioned in our post about Yaxchilan, the Mayan empire has significantly shaped the way future empires ruled. Not only those, the Mayans are also among the most dominant ethnic civilizations in Mexico and Central America.
Called Zona Arqueologica El Rey in the local language, the ruins feature the architectural brilliance of the Mayan people. The best part about visiting is the fact that you do not need to go very far just to get a glimpse of this historical structure. You can easily access the ruins in the Hotel Zone of Cancun.
Cancun is not all about relaxing. At night, the tranquil tropical paradise transforms into an outrageous party scene that does not stop until the sun comes up. From crowds of college students on their Spring Break to more mature partygoers, there is a spot that suits almost every musical taste.
You probably notice that we include recommendations of museums to visit at almost any location we feature. That’s because we believe that any country’s culture, history and art are all important factors in fully appreciating the beauty of travelling to that spot.
Having said that, we’re including The Maya Museum on the list of things you need to visit in Cancún. The well-designed museum features important information and archaeological artefacts from the Mayan civilization. You can view three hundred fifty artefacts. These include skeletal remains dating back 14,000 years. You can also view the remains of the decade old artefact ‘Woman of the Palms.’
Situated in the south of Cancun, the resort town of Tulum serves as home to a walled Mayan archaeological site. The town overlooks an outstanding coastline. If you are staying in Cancun for a while, consider taking a trip down to this well preserved walled city. Here, you can go for cavern diving, swim in cenotes, snorkel inside caves. Need a break from the water activities? Explore the historic El Castillo, the Temple of the Descending God, and Temple of the Frescoes. At the city centre, you can stay in affordable lodgings and enjoy cheap authentic Mexican food. And if staying in the city is not your thing, you can always travel to the coast.
CLB Global Travel will create a holiday that is tailored for you with every destination, sights and experiences you are looking forward to. Email [email protected] or call +44 (0) 7484 703 647 to get your trip off to a perfect start.
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Charles is a world traveler having lived in 44 states and 11 countries and traveled to dozens more. He and his wife spend time between London, Ireland, Canada, and the Philippines.