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Activities, Cancun

During your getaway to Cancún, you can add a host of activities to your to-do list; from cave swimming to zip lining, as well as seeing the impressive landscapes from a different viewpoint on a Playa del Carmen jungle tour in Tulum. Both locals and visitors love the Mexican cooking adventures on offer here, too, including local cooking classes. So, there is plenty for every type of traveller to enjoy.

Boat Trips

Booking onto a boat trip is a fun and relaxing activity to try when holidaying in Cancún, especially for water babies… Thankfully, there is a whole range of these tours available here, with the likes of sunset and dinner cruises to embark on. So, you are sure to find the one best suited to your needs and interests.

Sail around Cancún’s gorgeous coastline to uncover the beauty of Mexico’s incredible turquoise ocean. Why not book onto a boating adventure that lets you swim with whale sharks? Holidaymakers can paddle alongside these gentle giants in the warm, crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, which is teeming with wildlife, or glide past sea turtles amongst the coral reef.

Ensure you visit the Cancún Underwater Museum, too. The boat you’ve booked a trip with will sail you over here to snorkel around this original 420-square-metre site to discover 500 life-size art sculptures, inspired by the residents of Cancún.

Cave Swimming

Cave swimming is an awe-inspiring activity to try when holidaying in Cancún, which lets you discover some of the most beautiful parts of Mexico, hidden beneath the surface.

There are many tours available to take you through these wondrous, natural water systems, such as the Río Secreto underground river tour. Your professional guide will provide all of the equipment you require, including a wetsuit, a towel and a life jacket, as well as a helmet with a lamp attached, all before showing you around the fascinating caves close to Playa del Carmen. Plus, travellers can take advantage of the hotel pickup option, for extra convenience on this excursion.

Embarking on this glorious adventure offers an experience you will never forget. Swim and wade through the clear turquoise water while admiring the incredible stalagmites and stalactites both up close and in the distance. After cave swimming, enjoy a warm shower back at the idyllic Río Secreto Nature Reserve, where you can relax in hammocks amongst the exquisite scenery.

Garrafon Natural Reef Park

Garrafon Natural Reef Park is an exhilarating water park in Cancún, where travellers can embark on all kinds of adventure activities, make the most of the beautiful ocean and even try some VIP experiences (if you want to enjoy an extra-special trip).

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Snorkel in the clear, turquoise sea and glide by tropical fish while exploring the exquisite coral reef. Or, hop on the zip line to zoom over the Caribbean waters and admire the lush vegetation, from high above the ground. Kayaking is also available, which lets you paddle around in either a one or two-person kayak.

If you’ve had enough of the activities here and just want to relax, simply take a dip in the swimming pool to unwind while taking in the idyllic coastline views surrounding you. You can also find Punta Sur nearby – the highest point in Yucatan, which is home to a gorgeous Mayan temple. So, there is a whole world of sights and fun to explore at Garrafon Natural Reef Park.

Mercado 28

Mercado 28 is an expansive market in Cancún, which is great for eating at, as well as picking up souvenirs and trinkets when holidaying in this glorious city. It is here where you can haggle and interact with local sellers while experiencing what an authentic Mexican market is really like.

Amongst the colourful shops and stalls, you will find all sorts of products to buy, such as silver jewellery. If you’re in need of some extra clothes during your holiday, hats, t-shirts and sunglasses are available to purchase here. This magical market is a fantastic place for the little ones to enjoy, too, who will love tasting an array of sweets from the stands.

Mercado 28 is also home to a host of restaurants, the most popular being El Cejas, which cooks up sumptuous seafood and tasty, traditional tacos. Don’t forget to check out the range of tequilas on offer during your visit, and be sure to grab a bottle to bring back with you.

Mexican Cooking Classes

Mexican cooking classes in Cancún offer you the chance to learn all about delicious, traditional recipes, helpful preparation techniques and more. Groups and couples will certainly love trying their hand at grilling mains alongside baking yummy desserts.

Cooking classes are also a brilliant way to educate yourself on the history behind the food regularly served in Mexico. You’ll learn many aspects of this country’s delectable cuisine, including which fruits and vegetables to buy at the market, along with what to look out for when purchasing the best cuts of meat.

Can Cook in Cancún is a tourist favourite. This fantastic course is led by chef Claudia and your group will then prepare authentic dishes and taste mouth-watering Mexican pastries. Make wonderful memories toying around with different flavours and spices, safe in the knowledge that chef Claudia will help you get the best results possible. Ensure you make a note of the recipes and techniques you learn so that you can try them out again in your kitchen back home!

Spring Break

Spring break is a huge, fun-filled event which takes place in Cancún every year throughout the months of February, March and April. Get involved to find exciting and unique activities, while soaking up the lively atmosphere in this incredible part of Mexico.

There is a host of all-inclusive hotels that cater particularly well to spring breakers, which often offer unlimited food and drink during this time, to make your stay that much easier. If you want to join the all-day and all-night festivities, then bring your bikini or swimming trunks, as well as a pair of shades. Then, prepare to party well into the evening.

Pool parties are a must when visiting Cancún for this holiday period; you can live it up under the Mexican sunshine with a refreshing martini in your hand. The alluring nightclubs are the perfect spot for when the sun goes down, where you can find great deals on drinks and dance along with the latest tunes. Why not grab tickets to Inception Music Festival, or get stuck into thrilling competitions in the daytime?

Tequila Tasting

Tequila tasting is a must-do activity for tourists holidaying in Cancún. Whether you’re ordering a few shots at the bar when out clubbing or embarking on an exciting tequila sampling adventure, there is plenty to learn about and try when it comes to this mighty spirit.

La Destilería Cancún is a popular spot for those who love this drink since it offers its visitors tequila tastings as well as tours, tasty food and local music performances. So, why not book onto a guided tour? This entails visiting various sites where this type of alcohol is fermented and distilled to give it true flavour, as well as discovering the intricate process of making this spirit from the professionals who produce it. Experts will show you how blue agave is picked and how it is used to create this iconic drink. 

Even if you don’t want to try it, learning about the history of this beverage, as well as what goes into making it, is really interesting and a great way to learn more about Mexican culture.

Ventura Park

Ventura Park is a thrilling amusement park in Cancún, featuring a host of exhilarating rides and activities that visitors of all ages will enjoy. Get your adrenaline pumping on a zip lining or go-karting adventure. Then, delve into the VR experiences on offer here, before tucking into some treats at one of the many cafés situated onsite.

Start by splashing around at the Wet ’n Wild water park, where you can zoom down steep water slides on an inflatable, bending around various twists and turns. Not only is this a wonderful way to cool off in the sizzling Mexican temperatures, but it also offers a fun chance to spend time with your loved ones.

Why not try go-karting at Ventura Park’s Grand Prix race track, to reach some high speeds while competing against family and friends? Afterwards, test your spy skills at the laser labyrinth and play other virtual reality games like Star Wars Battle Pod – a must for any tech lovers holidaying in Cancún.

Xoximilco

Xoximilco describes itself as a fun, floating siesta. Discover Mexican culture here; enjoy a huge range of entertainment, music and games, before dancing the night away with a group of excitable, like-minded travellers.

This party provides a truly immersive experience for you to get involved in. Jump aboard a gondola and sail down the river while feasting on a buffet of delicious, homemade cuisine that will awaken your taste buds. As you float above the waters, listen to a live band playing and dance into the evening.

Prior to your gondola ride, you can take part in the carnival on land. Get stuck into the likes of foosball, dart throwing and pin the tail on the donkey. This attraction is a great way to meet new people or spend time with friends and family. Your friendly host will use their local knowledge to demonstrate traditional dances, as well as sharing fascinating folklore.

Zip lining

Zip lining is a thrilling activity that lets you discover incredible places throughout Cancún above the skies, from breathtaking cliffs to peaks with gorgeous, sea-green pools beneath you. This adrenaline-filled adventure is suitable for families, and you can either brave the heights by yourself or in a pair, rushing through the air and admiring the enchanting views all around you.

In Cancún, you will find many tours available with leading professionals, who will show you how to use the equipment, before you zoom down an exhilarating zip line. Feel the wind in your hair as you try out multiple zip lines dotted across this Mexican city; one that you should definitely visit is Xplor by Xcaret. Descend 45-metres while enjoying every second of this electrifying experience. Simply choose from two circuits, which include up to seven zip lines each, and glide over Playa Del Carmen’s emerald jungle.