Recreational Fun in the Sun
Cancun is a thrill-seeker’s wonderland. So, if fun activities are at the top of your list when planning your trip to Cancun, you won’t be disappointed. With countless land and water tours --from snorkeling and scuba diving to ziplining and exploring the ruins--Cancun has something fun and exhilarating for everyone.
Explore the Parks and Reserves
For a fun-filled adventure with tons of recreational activities head over to Cancun’s eco parks. Xcaret and Xel Ha are the two biggest parks in the area and have everything from cultural shows and ancient ruin sites to adventure tours that include ziplining, hiking, and riding ATVs. When you’re ready to cool off, take a dip in the cenotes for some snorkeling and scuba diving.
Get your heart pumping and feel the adrenaline running through your veins at Xplor park. With 14 ziplines that will have you soaring through the forest canopy, underground river exploration, and an off road jungle adventure, you can spend an entire day having fun out here. And once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop by the park’s all-you-can-eat buffet for some filling snacks.
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
If you want to spend the day exploring the sea, head over to the National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos. The national park is part of the greater Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest reef system in the world. With over 500 different species of fish and coral, the rich biodiversity makes this place a must-see.
Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
Sian Ka’an, which means “Origin of the Sky,” is an impressive ecological reserve that stretches nearly 1.3 miles and is located in the State of Quintana Roo. The lush flora and fauna, dense tropical jungles, and teeming marine life make this reserve the ideal sanctuary for over 300 species of birds, a healthy population of Jaguars, and various endangered breeds of turtles.
Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve
Take a day trip to Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve for an excellent bird watching expedition. This area is home to a big population of flamingos along with hundreds of other bird species including Wren, Sheartail, and Black-throated Bobwhite. Walk through thick mangroves, deep dunes, and tropical jungle as you observe these magnificent birds in their natural habitat.
Play a Game of Golf
Golf has become one of the biggest attractions in Cancun. With world-renowned golf courses designed by legendary golfers, and first-class amenities to keep you comfortable all day--you might never leave the course. Each course incorporates the unique topography of Cancun from tropical jungles and dense mangrove wetlands to breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. If you’re there to golf, don’t miss these courses: El Camaleon Mayakoba, The Moon Spa & Golf Club, and Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club.
Visit the Ancient Ruins
The Yucatan Peninsula was once home to the Mayans, an ancient civilization with a rich history and vibrant culture. Today, you can still see the remains of their impressive cities and architecture strewn all across the coasts and jungles. Tulum is one of the most well preserved ancient city in Mexico. The Castillo, or castle, is the focal point of the city as it sits on the edge of a limestone cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. As you explore the site, you’ll come across various temples paying homage to sacred Gods, and carvings along some of the structures.
Chichen Itza is by far the most popular ruin site in the Yucatan Peninsula. In its heyday, this ancient city was a major religious center for the Mayans. Today, this magical place is one of the world’s 7 wonders.
When you get to the ruins, the first building you’ll notice is Kukulkan's pyramid, also known as El Castillo. Legend has it that on the Spring and Fall equinox, Kukulkan (the serpent god), descends on the Earth. During those two days, the sun hits the pyramid in such a way that it causes isosceles triangles to form, creating an illusion of the serpent’s body creeping downwards to connect with the stone head at the base. As you walk through the ruins you’ll see various buildings including the observatory, the Platform of the Skulls, and the Temple of Jaguars among other impressive architecture.
Popular Water Activities
Swim with Dolphins
Swimming with dolphins is an incredible experience that most people dream about. Luckily, with a wide variety of dolphin tours, Cancun is one of the best places to interact with these friendly creatures. Once you’re in the water with these fun loving mammals, don’t be surprised if they come up to kiss and hug you. They can even perform tricks or take you for a ride along the water.
Snorkeling is an activity that practically everyone can enjoy. You don’t need a certificate or heavy equipment, just strap on your mask and jump in the water. Snorkel in coral reefs on the Caribbean Sea, or go deep into the jungle and jump in the cool water of the cenotes. Wherever you choose to snorkel, there’s always something unexpected to find in Cancun.
Scuba diving lets you get a close-up view of the mysterious and wondrous world of the Caribbean Sea. Dive deep beneath the waves and explore vibrant coral reefs, swim beside schools of fish, and investigate old shipwrecks. But keep in mind, scuba diving is more involved than snorkeling, so you’ll need to take lessons and become certified before you can start exploring.
With a large number migratory fish, Cancun has some of the best fishing in the world. Whether you’re into fly fishing, baitcasting, or deep water--there’s something for everyone. Some of the fish you’re most likely to catch include marlin, tuna, sailfish, snook, tarpon, barracuda, and snapper. There are many experienced fisherman all across the Yucatan and Cancun, so finding a charter should be easy.
Before You Go
Bring a comfortable pair of hiking shoes or sandals, and get ready for a long day of walking when you’re visiting the ruins. You’ll also want to pack your eco-friendly sunscreen to protect yourself when you’re playing in the water and exploring the parks.
Tulum & Xel-Ha All Inclusive Tour. FREE$139
Xel-Ha All Inclusive Tour with Transport$119
Subsee Explorer Tour$47
Jungle Tour "Sunrise Marina"$69
Xcaret Tour. FREE CANCUN SCENIC TOWER
Coba - Mayan Encounter Tour
Xel-Ha All Inclusive Tour Admission Only$89
Xplor Tour. FREE CANCUN SCENIC TOWER
Hummer Jungle Tour$188
Rio Secreto Tour
Coba Sunset Tour
Jungle Maya Tour$118
Experiencias Xcaret Package Only Entranc$185
Aquafun Marine Jungle Tour$69
Aquafun Marina Mangrove Tour$69
Jetpack Cancun Tour$118
Snorkeling Tour at MUSA Underwater Museu$58
Tulum Xtreme Tour$129
Xplor Fuego Tour. FREE CANCUN SCENIC TOW
Xenotes. FREE CANCUN SCENIC TOWER$119