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Best Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Cancun

Picture of Perri J
Updated: 27 February 2017
After planning that idyllic vacation with fantasies of uninterrupted beach time, the worst possible scenario is rain. Those scenic pictures simply don’t look the same with the sky set to grayscale. However, in a town like Cancún, travelers can rest assured that there is plenty of fun to be had indoors.

Shop to your heart’s content

Shopping malls across the globe see an influx of foot traffic when a storm hits. There’s certainly something comforting about being in the protected gallerias of a shopping mall during a rainstorm, and there could not be a better shopping zone to be stuck in than Cancún.

With stores that range in goods from swap-meet duds to high fashion pieces, there really is a shopping center for every budget. Kukulcan Plaza and the attached Luxury Avenue are at the higher end, brimming with luxury stores and steakhouses. Plaza Americas, adjoined with Malecon Americas, is located in downtown Cancún, offering more souvenir shops and mid-range retailers.

Kukulcan Plaza Boulevard Kukulcan KM 13 , LOCAL 410 y 411A, Benito Juárez, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún

Plaza Americas Blvd. Kukulcan Lt 18-10, La Isla, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún

Cancun Fountains©Maria Michelle/Pixabay
Cancun Fountains | ©Maria Michelle/Pixabay

Delight in a tequila tasting

For parched travelers keen to train their palate to deduce the difference between Tequila Añejo or a Resposado, a tequila tasting is the perfect stop on a rainy day. Throwing back a shot of tequila while in Mexico is borderline shameful. This liquor is meant to be appreciated and savored. Learning the true Mexican way of soaking up the rich tequila essence is a must. Tourists often venture to the Restaurante La Destileria which is not only a tasting room, but also a tequila museum.

Restaurante la Destileria Kukulkán Kilómetro 12.65, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R

Tequila Variety©Steven Guzzardi/Flickr
Tequila Variety | ©Steven Guzzardi/Flickr

Treat yourself to a Mayan spa day

Most spas offer the same simple services; manis, pedis, Swedish massages and facials. Though these spa treatments can be relaxing, Cancún knows just how to give these healing therapies an unforgettable twist. Many of the Mayan-inspired spa treatments include cleanses with Mayan medicinal herbs. Particular attention is placed on the mind and body, with special emphasis on the spirit. A spa treatment on a rainy day could result in ultimate rejuvenation!

Get lost in a museum

A region rich in heritage and history surely could not be short on museums and cultural sites. Whether it be traditional Mexican folk art or ancient Mayan ruins, Cancún has an interesting mix of museums for the inquisitive traveler. If the beach isn’t an option, time inside Museum Maya de Cancun could be the next best thing. With captivating exhibits showcasing artifacts from millenniums past, you’ll find no shortage of information and inspiration.

Museum Maya de Cancun Blvd. Kukulkan km 16.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R.

Museo Maya de Cancun©David Stanley/Flickr
Museo Maya de Cancun | ©David Stanley/Flickr
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Head to a casino

Boasting more than a few casinos, there’s no better place to wait out the rain in Cancún. With games that are usually seen lighting up a Vegas casino floor, gamblers can play the odds and enjoy the lively atmosphere at the same time. The constant noises that fill the casino, matched with the feeling of excitement offers quite a contrast to the sunny shores of the beach. As a haven away from the storms, Cancún’s gambling establishments such as Dubai Palace Casino and the Casino Palace are frequented by travelers from all over.

Dubai Palace Casino Avenida Tulum Mz.1 Lote2 Sm8, Centro, 77500 Cancún