Things to do in Cancun


Cancun is a popular destination that features incredible water sports including snorkeling / scuba diving, jet skiing, parasailing, and beautiful beaches. A short distance away are the Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza. Several shopping districts and restaurants with great food are also located throughout the area!

Cancun Hotel Zone


The Hotel Zone area is a fun place to go shopping, have dinner, or just enjoying a stroll along the Caribbean. Visitors can find near endless activities walking (or taking a bus) up and down the beach!

Water sports in Cancun

In addition to restaurants, the area is famous  for its water activities including parasailing and jet skis. Walking along the beach in the evenings we often came across turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. Night life included fire shows, performances, and enjoying beautiful sun sets.

Getting to the Hotel Zone

Taxies, busses, and private transfers are available for the short trip from the airport to the hotel zone. Taxi fares from the airport are pretty pricy, and cost conscious travelers might want to consider either private transfer (e.g. ) or a city bus.

On our visit we found city buses a cheap way to get around (about 10.5 pesos). The buses literally run every few minutes and can get you quickly (and cheaply) up and down the zone. (Skip to map below)

Favorite Excursions

ADO buses are an inexpensive option for a trip to Playa Carman, Tulum, and other destinations. The ADO busses were clean and very comfortable.

Some of my favorite excursions included the Mayan Ruins at Tulum, the beautiful island Isla Mujeres, and Playa Carman/Cozumel. (Although in Cancun for 24 days, and didn’t try all the local possibilities, these three turned out to be my favorites.)


Tulum in July is hot, hot, hot… and worth the trip. Although you can get there by taxi, the ADO buses run regularly between Cancun and Playa Carman (if you want to stop over for a visit) and then on to Tulum.

The Mayan ruins were more extensive than I imagined and set along the coast overlooking the Caribbean. The village once served as an important land and sea trade center. (read more)

Mayan ruins at Tulum

Isla Mujeres

The island, located about 8 miles off the coast, is a short ferry ride from Cancun for a quick day trip, or all week, depending upon your travel plans. Isla Mujeres is a great way to trade some of the faster pace of Cancun for some snorkeling and scuba diving, shopping, sight seeing, or just laying back.

The island is a little over 4 miles long by less than 1/2 mile wide … read more

Isla Mujeres


Playa Carman/Cozumel

Cuzumel is a short ferry ride from Playa Carman and has some of the most beautiful reefs in the world. While there you might try a Discovery Dive with an experienced dive instructor (no certification required) or just snorkel at any of the beach access areas.



Quick Tips

Many/most of the shops accept both pesos or dollars although exchange rates vary considerably. For example, one shop in July (2015) would give a 14.8:1 exchange rate while others were at 13:1. Some taxis were closer to 10:1 which means that you can often save 15 – 30 percent by using pesos.

Banks can often exchange dollars for pesos, or you can use ATM’s to withdraw pesos (or dollars) directly from your account. Please note: Many banks must be notified that you plan to travel in Mexico – if not you may risk an account lock when you use your card in an ATM. For two of my banks all it took was a phone call…

Anything Else?

The people were friendly and I felt safe everywhere that I went. Enjoy your stay in Cancun! The beach is beautiful and awaits you 🙂


Cancun Hotel Zone — Map

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