Choosing to spend your vacations in Cancun means that you not only get to enjoy stunning beaches and year-round good weather but also a host of amazing day trips and adventures. You might choose to swim with dolphins, visit a Mayan cultural museum, or even just enjoy some of the finest restaurants in the world, there is no end to the opportunities that await.
Here are some places you shouldn’t miss in and around Cancun, many of which you can visit independently or by booking an organized tour at the onsite tour agency at Villa del Palmar Cancun.
The Mayan ruins that dot the Yucatan Peninsula are beautiful remnants of the distant past that must be seen to be believed! Within Cancun’s city limits there are two Mayan archaeological sites: El Rey can be found in the Hotel Zone, and El Meco sits just around the corner from the Villa del Palmar Cancun resort.
However, if you have the time and inclination, you really should venture farther out to the ruins of Ek Balam, Tulum, Uxmal, or Chichen Itza, all of which can be organized at the tour agency onsite.
You can catch a ferry to Isla Mujeres from a port just 5 minutes away from the Villa del Palmar resort in Cancun; it only takes 15 minutes and is a day trip that will delight all the family. When you arrive on the island, you will find the island to be idyllic, quiet, filled with culture and easy to traverse by bike or golf cart in a single day. You are recommended to ask the concierge at the resort for up-to-date ferry times.
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen should be top of the list for Club Caribe members who return year after year; you can reach the bohemian beach town easily by bus (it’s just an hour from Villa del Palmar Cancun) for a fun day trip or book a tour. From here you might choose to take a ferry to explore the Island of Cozumel too.
The cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula are highlights of the area; these are deep fresh-water pools that boast unique ethereal beauty. Many tours will take you to such places and allow you to scuba dive, snorkel, and swim in these sinkholes.
The adventure parks near Cancun are a great way to get in touch with the landscape and culture of the area. There are a number of parks which will allow you to take ATV tours, zip-line adventures or dive into cenotes. Chak Balam Pre-Hispanic Park, Xplor, Xel-ha, and Xcaret are just a few of the parks close by.
Sian Ka’an Biosphere
The Sian Ka’an Biosphere is a UNESCO World Heritage site that spans 120 Kilometers, north to south, from Tulum to Muyil. This is the largest protected area in the Riviera Maya and boasts immense biodiversity as well as a wealth of archaeological sites.
Holbox is a peaceful, paradisiacal island just off Cancun’s Caribbean coastline and constitutes one of the most stunning hidden gems that Mexico has to offer. This is an unspoiled haven, and Yalahau Lagoon sits within; this place hosts an abundance of marine life and fauna along with a small fishing village. Be sure to book a tour in advance as only a limited number of visitors can enter the island each day.
Bacalar may require more time than just a day trip, but if you love water based activities, you will enjoy its stunning lagoon that boasts 7 shades of blue water, ideal for swimming and snorkelling in. This decidedly picturesque Pueblo Magico (an official “Magical Town” according to Mexico’s Tourist Ministry) is packed to the brim with quaint Mexican culture and is a wonderful place to learn about the grand history of Mexico.