Cancun & Riviera Maya have become two of the most visited destinations in the Caribbean for one single reason: their so many things to do. If you are looking for a beach destination for your vacations, check the cheap flights to Cancun available and discover all that Cancun has 4 you! Beaches are definitively amazing, with incredible white and powdered sand and blue clear water, but also you are surrounded by a number of interesting places to visit and exciting things to do… Cancun & Riviera Maya really have it all.
Beach | The great hotels of Cancun & Riviera Maya
First thing you will experience when you arrive and exit the airport is the luxury ambiance at the hotels of the beach zone. Even when the rates are not more expensive than any other Caribbean destination, in Cancun & Riviera Maya the most recognized hotel chains of the world have placed their best infrastructures to attract as much guests as possible in a strongly disputed tourist marked. The winners: you and me.
You will see huge and fancy lobbies, large rooms looking like brand new and pools and beach areas simply amazing. Yes, you will feel like in paradise, and probably you wont even think about going out of your hotel, but make an effort, Cancun & Riviera Maya are much more than that.
Nightlife | Discos, Bars & Party all night long
After you spend the day at the pool and the beach, you might want to take a nap, and that is an excellent idea, as you are going to need all your energy for the nightlife that Cancun & Riviera Maya have for you.
But take your time, sleep well, take a shower, have a dinner… the party at the Discos begins not earlier than 11 pm… and ends at sunrise… or more!
How can people be awake so late? Well, that is because the party is so fun, with amazing shows, lights and music, that you will absolutely forget about time until somebody says by the microphone that the Disco is about to close at 7 morning… but do not rush, for sure they will wait until people really want to leave.
The next morning you will want to rest at the beach, to swim a little and go to sleep early. A perfect occasion to spend some time planning your next move… and here are our best advises.
The Mayan Ruins | Chichen Itza, Tulum
One of the most popular activities is to visit the Mayan ruins and Cancun & Riviera Maya are literally surrounded by many of them… surrounded? Yes, even crossing the ocean you will find great Mayan ruins in the nearby islands.
The nearest Mayan ruins are at Tulum (81 mi), but not to farer than Tulum is Chichen Itza (110 mi), so any or both of them would be a great choice.
Tulum has the additional advantage of being at the coast, so you can visit the ruins and then go to swim in the best beaches we have ever seen. But Chichen Itza has a handicap too: is next to a beautiful colonial city: Valladolid, and to a couple of amazing natural Cenotes: Dzitnup and Xkeken. If you have not swim in a Cenote, this is a must to do experience.
The truth is that both Mayan ruins are so important that you can not miss any of them.
Nearby Islands | Cozumel and Isla Mujeres
Other exciting activity is to visit one of the islands nearby Cancun & Riviera Maya. Isla Mujeres is located at the North of Cancun, and Cozumel at the South. Both of them have amazing beaches for swimming and a kind of Mexican small town atmospheres.
Cozumel brings you the additional opportunity to visit Playa del Carmen and its famous 5th Ave, where you can walk and find nice souvenirs stores and markets.
If you decide to go to Isla Mujeres, do not miss North Beach. The water is so calm and transparent that you will feel yourself like in a pool. This island is the perfect place to swim and walk around the downtown. You wont need car, taxi or transport at all, as everything is near around.
Cozumel is a little bigger. The ferry arrives at the downtown, so you can enjoy the water front and stores and restaurants along it. For swimming it is necessary to take a taxi or to rent a car, to go to the other side of the island. Once there you will feel like in a virgin island and the beaches are really wonderful. To go to this island is a little more expensive, as you will have to take the bus to Playa del Carmen, then a ferry and then a taxi if you want to go further than the water front and downtown.
Tours and Adventure | Mayan ruins, Cenotes, Water sports, Forest
Do you like tours? Cancun & Riviera Maya have some of the best tours of the Caribbean and you will notice that the service is remarkable as well. You will easily find a large number of tours and activities at your hotel, travel agencies, airport, internet, etc. Something good to know is that prices generally are quiet similar wherever you buy. This is because Cancun & Riviera Maya tour operators try to guarantee similar prices in all their sale channels and travel agencies and freelancers do not earn through rising the prices, but through a commission from the tour operator.
Best tours in Cancun & Riviera Maya are related with Mayan ruins, colonial cities, cenotes, forest, water sports, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins and forest or adventure.
Is worth to mention that there is a real submarine tour that you can book from any point at Cancun & Riviera Maya. It is the only one in whole Mexico and is amazing how they take you 100 ft deep to see the second largest coral reef system of the world with its great and colorful variety of sea life.
Fishing in Cancun & Riviera Maya is also a great experience. Due to the deep cold waters of the Yucatan Channel and the coral reefs sea life, there are a good number of big fishes you can catch. Best place to go fishing is Cozumel Island, as mainland waters are warmer for big species of fishes.