11 Reasons Why You Should Visit Cancun At Least Once in a Lifetime

Cancun | © EmilianDanaila / Pixabay
Cancun | © EmilianDanaila / Pixabay
Photo of Jack Guy
23 November 2017

Cancun may bring to mind raucous Spring Break parties, but there are plenty of things to do if you want a more relaxed trip. Here are some of the top reasons to make the trip to Mexico’s most famous beach.

Visit the underwater museum

Snorkel or dive at the Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA) and see some of the 470 underwater statues. The attraction is designed to give visitors somewhere else to visit to take some pressure off the overused reef.

Underwater Art Museum Cancun | © Andy Blackledge / Flickr

Go to the ruins at Tulum

Take a day trip down the coast to the town of Tulum, home to some amazing cliffside ruins from the old Mayan port. It’s a unique spot and there are great photo opportunities.

Spot whale sharks

The biggest fish in the world are found in the waters off Cancun from May to September each year. Take a tour from Cancun or head to Isla Holbox or Cozumel.

Whale sharks at Isla Mujeres, near Cancun, Mexico | https://www.flickr.com/photos/brianlauer/20523898925/in/photolist-xgCm7i-wjL9Uv-xfR38E-xgCuN6-xhc1zT-xfQQkG-xgCrw6-wjBaMb-wZ1Kgf-kz5qd-dersFQ-firgXX-6ym3wi-deAqoS-dertzK-6ym3wD-wGRR2q-firjDV-firitr-firjpF-fiFwbd-9sCH9W-xfQQxq-6ym3A8-h45zbw-fiFvyC-firhxn-fJprPP-oHdNQ3-oJMALX-fJps4i-h4DJ1N-oKfBHM-osMiHT-osFMb1-oKiaAa-osyv45-oH9M5N-osLyft-wjKTRz-oteLkX-osGobj-5kiVu7-oK2pJ9-oJYNxR-osLivZ-osLaTr-osNMub-ovpo1X-ovqaPP

Xel-Ha park

Sign up to a day trip to Xel-Ha water park, home to slides, snorkelling and boat trips. It’s great for kids, but it’s a lot of fun for adults too. Tickets can be fairly pricey, but it’s a once in a lifetime experience.

Xel-Ha water park | © Angelique800326 / WikiCommons

Great flight connections

Cancun airport is the second-busiest in Mexico, and it has great connections to cities across the Americas and Europe. As a result there are cheap flights galore, and you can tack on a few days in Cancun at no great expense.


Fans of snorkelling love Cancun because it sits on the Mesoamerican Reef, the second-longest coral reef in the world. You can spot seemingly endless varieties of marine life, and the water is warm.

Snorkeling near Cancun, Mexico | © Grand Velas Riviera Maya/Flickr

Diving at Isla Mujeres

There are dive spots all along the coast of Quintana Roo, the state where Cancun is found. However some of the top spots are on Isla Mujeres. Spend a few days here to get diving and relax on the island.

Wide variety of cuisine

Cancun welcomes visitors from around the world, and many of them have left traces of their culture here. The most evident is in the restaurants, with eateries from different world cuisines catering to diverse tastes.

The largest souvenir market in Cancun Centro | ©David Stanley/Flickr

Top partying

Not for nothing is Cancun synonymous with the good times. There are bars and clubs everywhere, and you’ll be spoilt for choice for venues on a night out.

Thousands of places to stay

From opulent all-inclusive resorts to backpacker hostels, accommodation options in Cancun truly run the gamut. Stay in the Hotel Zone for easy access to the beach and other amenities, or find a hostel in the centre of town if you’re on more of a budget.

Cancun | © Mariamichelle/pixabay

Beautiful beaches

Relax at the beach bars and restaurants in Cancun, or head further south to find quieter stretches of sand at Puerto Morelos, Akumal, and Tulum. It’s picture postcard stuff, with white sand and palm trees everywhere.

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