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The Best Things to do in Cancun, Mexico

Article by GVI


Posted: February 8, 2023

Cancun, located on the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, is a tropical paradise offering a wide range of activities for visitors. From stunning beaches to cultural heritage, Cancun has something for everyone. Here are some of the best things to do in Cancun.

Make the most of the coastline

Cancun’s beaches are its main attraction, and for good reason. The turquoise waters are crystal clear, providing perfect conditions for snorkelling and scuba diving. 

Underwater, visitors can discover a variety of colourful fish and coral formations, as well as see sea turtles, nurse sharks and manta rays up close. Two of the most popular beaches for swimming and sunbathing are Playa Delfines and Playa Marlin, both of which are renowned for their soft sand and calm waters.

For those seeking more excitement, Playa Chac Mool is the perfect place to try your hand at kitesurfing or windsurfing. The beach is renowned for its strong winds, making it a popular spot for water sports enthusiasts.

Embark on land- and water-based adventures

For those looking for a little adventure, Cancun offers plenty of opportunities to explore the jungle and experience the thrill of the outdoors. 

Zip-lining through the lush jungle canopy is a popular activity, providing a unique perspective of the surrounding landscape. 

For a truly unique experience, cenote diving is a must-try. Cenotes are underwater sinkholes that are found throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, and diving in them offers the chance to explore an otherworldly underwater world full of stalactites and stalagmites.

Learn about Cancun’s history and culture

Cancun is steeped in history, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the local culture and explore ancient ruins. The Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza are both must-visit destinations, offering a glimpse into the history and culture of the region.

For those looking to learn about the local culture in a more interactive way, the Interactive Aquarium of Cancun is a great choice. This aquarium offers a hands-on experience, allowing visitors to touch and interact with a variety of marine creatures, as well as learn about the local ecosystem.

Enjoy delicious Mexican cuisine

No visit to Cancun would be complete without trying the local cuisine. Mexico is famous for its delicious street tacos, and Cancun is no exception. Whether you’re looking for seafood dishes, traditional Mexican fare, or something in between, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds. Try dishes like tacos al pastor, chilies en nogada, and tamales. 

For something different, you could even try a Mexican cooking class. 

Contribute to sea turtle conservation in Puerto Morelos

For travellers looking to make a positive impact, volunteering with GVI in Puerto Morelos is a unique experience in Cancun. GVI offers a variety of volunteer programs, including marine conservation and community development initiatives. 

Participants can gain hands-on experience, learn new skills, and make a meaningful contribution to the local area. Whether working on sea turtle conservation, helping to improve local schools, or participating in beach clean-up initiatives, volunteers have the opportunity to make a positive impact while also enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. 

Puerto Morelos is only a short drive from Cancun, making it easy to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Learn more about the adventures awaiting you in Puerto Morelos and Cancun today. 

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