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Things to do in Cancun

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Cancun Attractions and things to do in Cancun

Cancun is the perfect destination for holidaysmakers seeking something special. With a great choice of 5 star luxury hotels, you are not short for choice. If you are seeking a long haul all inclusive holiday, then Cancun should be on the top of your list, for preferred destinations. Cancun itself was a small and quiet fishing village but the 1980's saw a popular boom in hotels being built and tourists wanting a piece of caribbean paradise, flocked in large numbers. The main appeal are the stunning white sandy beaches but also the fantastic service found at the the hotels. There are some great bargains to be had from the excellent shopping malls to the talented and skillful market vendors. The local cuisine is exciting and vibrant and if you eat out at least once, you can expierence the real Mexican life style from dancing to great food.

Shopping

Cancun is rich with numerous beautiful shops that sell a wide range of local goods - from carpets to leatherwear, boutiques featuring the work of local designers; jewellery, antique, souvenir, crafts and art outlets. Shopping in this city is quite an adventure. Fama, La Isla Shopping Village and Mercado Municipal Ki-Huic are the most recommended markets in which to buy local goods.

Nightlife

This is an ideal place for nightlife lovers. Cancun is alive with bars, pubs, discos, night clubs, and casinos. The city offers everything from rock to reggae, waltz to swing, and jazz to opera. Azucar, Dady'O, Dady Rock and Sabor Latino are among the most popular nightspots.

Head to the beach

The best thing about Cancun is that you are never far away from a sandy beach, ranging from large popular beaches where numerous water sports are available, including windsurfing, scuba diving, fishing and boating, to small secluded beaches where visitors can just relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Attractions

There is plenty to see and do whilst in Cancun and we have listed a few ideas below. Several of these attractions can be booked at discounted rates to our customers who use our holidays search option. If you're only booking the hotel with us then most attractions can be booked from your hotel or via a local agency but the cost may be higher


Wet n Wild Water ParkThe expansive 18-acre water park hosts attractions for guests of all ages including a wave-pool, waterslides, the gently moving Lazy River that meanders through the entire park and a Kids Park for small children. And if this wasn't enough, you can enjoy a Dolphin Experience at the park too! Choose a dolphin program that suits you and take home a memory you won't forget! Enjoy attractions like the Wave Pool, Kids' Park, Bumper Boats and Lazy River, or speed down slides like the Kamikaze, Twister, Double Space Bowl or Bubba Tub. Your full-day park admission includes pasta, pizza or Panini lunch as well as beverages (soft drinks, domestic beer and alcoholic mixed drinks). Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the Wet n Wild Water Park .


Chichen Itza and Tulum If you want to know the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza but avoid the crowds, take the best pictures, avoid the heat and be among the first to arrive, this is the tour for you. HIGHLIGHTS: * Two of the most important places in Mayan civilisation * No queues or crowds * Guide specialized in archaeology Day 1 Your tour will begin at dawn to enjoy the archaeological area in tranquillity and personal attention. An expert archaeologist will provide information archaeological surveys of the site and the Mayan civilization that inhabited this city built on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Get to know the Mayan culture thoroughly in one of the most important sites of this great culture. A specialised guide in archaeology will provide you the best and detailed explanation about Chichen Itza. Enjoy the archaeological site with no crowds. Learn about the Mayan Culture, background and history of this mystical place. Day 2. Tulum is one of the most studied archaeological and ethno historical level of Quintana Roo archaeological sites. On your visit in the morning, with no crowds, you can devote more time to the site to admire its beauty, both architectural and natural. See the Temple of the Frescoes noted for the quality of its wall paintings depicting the life of the Maya and their deities. Of course, you also admire the emblematic building known as El Castillo, mainly used for religious rituals and as a beacon for Maya merchant ships sailing along the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. You will get to thoroughly know the Maya culture in two of the most important sites of this great culture.


Isla Mujeres in a CatamaranEnjoy a spectacular day out on the Caribbean. Have fun and sail with us in a beautiful Catamaran from Cancun and the Riviera Maya to Isla Mujeres. In this tour you are invited to explore the impressive and achingly beautiful coral reefs of Isla Mujeres, set in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Isla Mujeres combines the beauty of the Caribbean, the lush tropical jungle and the incredible legacy of the Maya Civilization. Isla Mujeres is definitely one Mexico’s natural treasures and a real earthly paradise. At the Isla Mujeres Beach Club you will be offered a buffet lunch consisting of a variety of salads, fried battered fish, chicken, rice, pasta, mashed potatoes, fried tacos, steamed vegetables, beans, fruit and dessert. Free drinks include tequila, rum, vodka, beer, soft drinks, fruit juice and water.


Scuba diving Cancun Scuba Cancun is a family run dive centre which is owned by the remarkable Captain Luis Hurtado, who has more than 56 years of diving experience in commercial, military and sport scuba diving. He is the first scuba instructor to work in Cancun since he founded his company in 1980. During his time in Cancun, the company has been privileged to escort countless people on safe and successful scuba dives. Cancun is well known as one of Mexico’s greatest scuba diving sites. This is because of its lush, tropical waters and the beautiful coral reefs which lie within the depths of the Caribbean Ocean around the coast. We invite you to come here and spend some time diving with us, enjoying the amazing marine life and the great diversity of species and colours that the fish hold within the reefs. You will be provided with the necessary equipment and the instructions to dive on your own safely. The excellent hospitality and fantastic service from Scuba Cancun will ensure that you are well looked after and our guides are trained in first aid. When you take your journey into the underwater world, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled into another universe entirely, one filled with beautiful colours and fantastic underwater landscapes. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to experience such a fascinating and beautiful world for yourself, one which will stay with you forever! Don’t let this chance pass you by, seize it with both hands and take an amazing trip with your family and friends!


Pirate show on Captain Hook's Galleon Relive pirate legends on board Captain Hook’s galleon. Enjoy a delicious banquet of meat or lobster while you watch a spectacular pirate variety show. The boom of cannon means that show is about to begin. Captain Hook will be your host and master of ceremonies for the evening – he will introduce you to his crew and tell you tall tales of his adventures on the high seas. The fun will then begin with competitions, dancing, pirate shows and much, much more. During the dinner you will be served by the pirates themselves while Captain Hook tells you about his adventures on the Spanish Main. But be careful, while you are eating, another ship is silently approaching in the darkness, preparing to board the galleon. No need to be afraid, Captain Hook discovers the enemy’s ruse and orders his men to take up battle stations, the cannon are ready to fire. Pirates armed to the teeth with cutlasses and pistols jump from the rigging down to the decks where a sword fight ensues between the crew and the enemy pirates with amazing sound and light effects. And all this excitement you’re bound to be feeling hungry so it’s time to sit down at Captain Hook’ s table for a banquet where you can feast on delicate meats or the tails of the choicest Caribbean lobster as well as a buffet of salads, steamed vegetables, pirate rice, baked potatoes, grilled chicken and dessert. As well as unlimited Mexican drinks throughout the voyage


Mayan Night Tour You will be picked-up at the hotel lobby (times depending on the hotel) to go to the Ecological Reserve “Dos Palmas”, a small Mayan Community in the forest, that maintains cheers its traditions. Here will begin visiting a typical Mayan cabin where we will learn about its old customs. After an introduction to the ceremony of Mayan purification, we will learn to play the sea snail, which we will use during the ritual to unite to us with the nature. We will encounter the Shaman around the ceremonial circle, where we will be part of a spectacular ancestral ritual of purification and will have the unique opportunity to enter the Temazcal (old sacred steam bath). Then, we will walk in the rain forest until arriving at the illuminated natural well (cenote) at night to swim in crystalline waters. It is an unforgettable experience to enjoy this moment to take energy and to relax. Enjoy a typical Mayan dinner with a family from the community. A magical atmosphere will accompany us during all night.


Coco Bongo Cancun Cocobongo is one of the most popular nightclubs in the world featuring an extraordinary musical mix, taking sounds from the 70's and 80's. HIGHLIGHTS: * A night out to remember with live bands, DJs, acrobats and bar top conga lines * State of the art dance floor * Optional unlimited drinks package Think Dance, Trance, Hip-Hop, and Rave. Get ready for flying acrobats, bar top conga lines, movie clips projected on to high tech video screens, live bands, DJ's, lights, special effects, balloons, soap bubbles, confetti streamers and much more. You're guaranteed a night out to remember at either of Cocobongo's two locations at Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Cocobongo at Cancun has a capacity for 1800 people and is located at the heart of the resort's bustling hotel zone. Cocobongo Playa del Carmen is situated on 10th Avenue. You'll find multi-level seating, nightly rock & roll and salsa bands as well as an extraordinary musical mix taking in the best of dance music from the 70s and 80s.


Columbus cruise Lose track of your senses on this romantic cruise tour. On the enticing Columbus Lobster Dinner Cruise, board our exciting Spanish Galleon Columbus to traverse the Amor Lagoon and the Nichupte Lagoon. Feel the bond strengthen between yourself and your significant other while you discover the hauntingly beautiful lagoons of Cancun. On this cruise tour, the Columbus Lobster Dinner Cruise will embark you on an unforgettable romantic voyage. Feel yourself go languid with pleasure as the cruise sparks a fiery light in your heart. This one of a kind Cancun tour offers not only breath-taking sights, but also live saxophone music, a selection of fine wine and a lip-smacking lobster dinner. Depart from reality the very moment you set foot aboard the magnificent Spanish Galleon Columbus. Then, once on our galleon, hold tight onto your beloved and let the mesmerizing sunset immerse you in a cumulus of liberated emotion. Feel younger, feel more in love. As you set sail along the Amor Lagoon, you can indulge in a variety of fantastic wines – or even, if you’re feeling a bit festive, a cocktail. As the evening advances and you find yourself calmly bobbing on the surface of the Nichupte Lagoon, relax on deck and contemplate the sunset as you feast on a lobster or steak dinner. Once cloaked in darkness, dance to the rhythms of live saxophone music and enjoy the melange of the breeze with the jungle noises under the stars.


JOYA Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ, Cirque du Soleil’s first resident show in Mexico, combines culinary and performing arts in an intimate theatre setting that will engage the audience’s five senses. This new Resident Cirque du Soleil show draws on Mexico’s history and heritage while telling the story of an alchemist and his granddaughter embarking on a transformative quest to uncover the secrets of life. Through their 70 minute journey they will discover a hidden gem in the mangrove, passing along the poetry of love and life to future generations. 
 The name JOYÀ is rooted in the Spanish “joya” meaning jewel. JOYÀ will be housed in the 600-seat Vidanta Theatre, custom-built for Cirque du Soleil, which draws inspiration from the natural beauty of the surrounding Riviera Maya jungle. Visitors will be able to choose from one of five experiences offered in this boutique theatre: The Dinner + Show + Champagne experiences will include a premium 3-course dinner that will feature international gastronomy and champagne from “Mercier” as well as a access to a special pre-show full of surprises. VIP seats will experience the magic of JOYA first hand. The Champagne Package option features central seating offering frontal stage views with ½ bottle of champagne included per person. Show only option offers lateral views with access to cash bar service. The high stool option offers a panoramic view of the show, from high stools with back support and arm rests that also have access to cash bar service. All guests will have access to the spectacular JOYA venue, an area surrounded by lush jungle and water mirrors, which also houses a Restaurant and Bar/Lounge as well as the gift shop.


Delphinus couple swim experience in Cancun Be pleasantly amused at your combined enjoyment as you and your partner head into the waters for a swim with dolphins. Truly a one-of-a-kind experience in Cancun, enhanced by sharing it with someone you love, this one hour swim with the dolphins is sure to create a memory to last a lifetime. Prepare for the most perfect hour, as you dive into the Cancun Interactive Aquarium at Delphinus and spend your time playing and swimming with dolphins. One of the most magnificent of all creatures in the sea, you'll enjoy fantastic interactions with these highly intelligent animals. Frolic and enjoy as much as they are, as you splash and swim with your new aquatic friends. Take plenty of photos to remember this amazing fun. Whether a mother and daughter, a father and son, a husband and wife, or two best friends, the pair of you are sure to have a fantastic experience. The program is exclusively designed to maximize your time as a couple. Creating a personalized and intimate free swim atmosphere, you'll have the optimum experience. If you've always had a dream to swim amongst dolphins, turn this dream into a reality with the most exclusive swim with the dolphins offer for couples. Experience the joys of Mexico's Cancun, home to some of the most scenic views nature has to offer, through this magnificent interactive adventure as you make a splash with this wonderful opportunity to spend an hour swimming with the dolphins.


Xcaret Park Spend a day full of excitement and thrill at Xcaret park. Come face to face with animals, snorkel along the coral reef and see a spectacular show by night. HIGHLIGHTS: *Abundant flora and fauna to admire *Observe jaguars in their natural habitat *Interact with animals and submerge yourself into crystal clear waters Discover the Riviera Maya’s most famous ecological theme park and get to see the best Mexico has to offer. The adventure starts when you are picked up from your hotel. The park is located just an hour’s drive away from Cancun and 15 minutes from the Playa del Carmen. . You will be able to enjoy a myriad of aquatic activities, including snorkelling, subterranean rivers, swimming with dolphins and much, much more. Accompanied by an experienced local guide you will also get to visit a breeding centre for local fauna, Maya Ruins, a butterfly park, an aviary and an aquarium with a variety of plants and hundreds of fish. The tour of the Xcaret Park concludes with the magnificent and inspiring Xcaret Mexico’s spectacular show, a musical journey that will take you through the history of Mexico. The park is also home to hundreds of species of exotic animals where they are well fed and looked after. Visit the Island of Jaguars and see for yourself how this beautiful animal, the third largest of the big cats, lives and gets on with its friends. Swim in crystal clear waters and explore subterranean caves. You don’t have to be a professional diver – all you need is a spirit of adventure. And for those of you who want to admire sea life without getting wet then don’t miss a visit to Xcaret’s very own Coral Reef. The aquarium contains over 5,000 organisms from 500 species in tanks containing water pumped directly from the Caribbean Sea. During your time in the park you will also get to enjoy an exquisite buffet of either Mexican or International cuisine. Come to Xcaret. Enjoy nature.


Cancun Panoramic Tour This tour captures the old and the new as well as the historic and un-spoilt. Start the day out by dropping by the Mirador (view point) which is home to the best view of the Cancun hotel zone and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. The Mirador is known for the best photo opportunity spot so its cameras at the ready and selfies ahoy. With the “new” ticked off of our list it’s time to visit the old, tour through the hotel zone to the down town area of this huge city and the famous Mercado 28 (market 28). In recent years this local market has seen more and more popularity as the stall holders have really gone out of their way to fill the market with vibrant colours, clothing stores, jewelry, souvenirs, arts & crafts, temporary tattoos with fun henna, braided hair and many options to enjoy the best regional cuisine. Listen to bustle of the vendors as they tantalize you into their stores. Listen to the Mariachi bands playing and sample what this fantastic market really has to offer. A hidden gem just down the road form Mercado 28 is the archaeological ruins of El Meco, a small but significant archaeological site north of Cancun. The most important is that its structure, of 12.50 m, is the highest in northern Quintana Roo. The oldest evidence corresponds to the Early Classic period, 300-600 AD, during which El Meco was a village of fishermen and important supply to the city of Coba. For the final stop it´s time to head to the beautiful un-spoilt beach of ISLA BLANCA, declared a national park in order to preserve its narrow sandbar, sitting at very low altitude above sea level. An amazing fantastic place to cool in the sea of shades of blue or grab a beer/refreshing drink at a private beach club. The views down the coast and across to Isla Mujeres on a clear day are spectacular


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