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A Couple's Guide to Cancún, Mexico

Picture of Mónica Ramírez López
Updated: 8 June 2017
A romantic break away is never better than in Cancún, with its beachside sunsets, Caribbean cocktails and twilight dinners that last long into the night. As well as a reputation for white sands and turquoise waters, Mexico’s renowned resort offers stunning scenery and endless activities, making it the ideal destination for two. Read on for our couple’s guide to making the most of your time in this idyllic spot.

Where to stay

Accommodation options in Cancún are many and varied. Adventurous backpacking couples would do well to consider a hostel close to the hotel zone, which can be the best option if you’re just looking for a place to sleep and prefer to splash out on activities elsewhere. However, if you are searching for somewhere to indulge in comfort, take a look at Secrets the Vine Cancún, where you can chill out together while listening to the soft whisper of the sea breeze through the palm trees.

Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 14.5 Retorno del Rey Lote 38, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Mexico, +1 866 467 3273

Soak up the sun

Make the beach your first port of call to soak up the sun together under the Carribean skies. There are several beautiful open beaches to choose from, should you not be booked in to a beachfront hotel: try Playa Mujeres, Playa Tortugas, or Playa Delfines, our favourite option for couples thanks to the beachfront multicolored Cancún letter sign that makes for an Instagram-worthy selfie or two.

Kilometer 19.5, Blvd. Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Mexico

Enjoy the beach in Cancún
Enjoy the beach in Cancún | © Dani2323 / Pixabay

Get active

Strengthen the bond of your relationship while sharing the excitement of Cancún’s thrilling activities. The resort offers a wide variety of windsports for adrenaline junkies – try windsurfing, or for something more daring, lose yourself with your partner in a two-person parasailing experience over the crystal waters below. Thrillseekers can also try their hand at ziplining or abseiling, while nature lovers can choose to swim with dolphins at Delphinus World for a more relaxing way to commune with nature.

Calle Quintana Roo 9, Zona Hotelera, Kukulkan, Cancún, Mexico, +1 998 206 3304

Explore under the sea

Discover a whole new world together under the Caribbean’s idyllic waters. Go scuba diving and let your senses be captivated by the sight of tropical fish darting through the colorful coral, or try a Breathing Observation Bubble (known as ‘BOB’) for a different way to check out marine life. In Cancún, the underwater art museum showcases an incredible 470 statues standing at the bottom of the sea, while in the Nichupté lagoon, snorkelling or taking a kayak together can offer new ways to spot exotic animals amid the marvels of the jungle.

Discover a new culture

The mysticism of Mayan culture is everywhere in Cancún – you don’t even have to leave the hotel zone to find the key archeological zones of El Rey, El Meco, and San Miguelito. A visit to the Mayan Museum close by is another great way to find out more about the resort’s historical foundations.

Blvd. Kukulcan km 16.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Mexico, +1 998 885 3843

El Rey – Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Mexico, +1 983 837 2411

El Meco – Carretera Puerto Juaréz, López Portillo, 85, Cancún, Mexico, +1 482 106 3363

San Migeulito – Boulevard Kukulkan Km 16, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Mexico

El Rey archeological zone
El Rey archeological zone | © David Stanley/Flickr

Hit the shops

The setting of La Isla Mall makes it a must-visit if you’re planning on a shopping trip. Built as a village-like harbor crisscrossed by waterways fed from the Nichupté lagoon, it’s also home to a wide selection of stores and exclusive brands, as well as an interactive aquarium and waxworks museum.

Km 12.5, Blvd. Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Mexico, +1 998 883 5025

Watch the sunset with a romantic dinner, then go party

The perfect way to end your day is with a romantic sunset. Sit on the beach or take a walk on the white sands, or if you prefer a romantic dinner, try Navíos seafood restaurant for a table overlooking the sea. For dinner with a difference, book in for the Columbus Lobster Dinner cruise where you can enjoy your meal to the strains of smooth saxophone music aboard a replica historical ship. After your date, hit the bars and clubs of Kukulcan Avenue and party the night away.

Navíos – Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 19.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Mexico, +1 998 885 3848

Columbus Lobster Dinner – Boulevard Kukulkan Km 6.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Mexico, +1 800 727 5391

Get romantic in Cancún
Get romantic in Cancún | © Pexels / Pixabay