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Things to Do in Cancun

Cancun may be known for its clubs and luxury hotels, but there's more to explore beyond the hotel zone. It is the gateway to world-famous Mayan pyramids, otherworldly dive sites, and family-friendly entertainment along the Yucatán Peninsula and Riviera Maya. It’s also a central place to start your Mexican vacation. Day trips begin with morning pickups from your hotel, allowing for some additional shut eye en route to archaeological sites like Tulum or Chichen Itza, where early-access tours get you into the impressive Mayan ruins before crowds start to arrive later in the morning. Top picks for thrill-seekers include horseback riding through the Yucatan jungle, ATV adventure tours, and ziplining at Xplor Adventure Park. Families can spend the day swimming and snorkeling at Xcaret and Xel-Ha aquatic parks in Playa del Carmen, followed by a Captain Hook dinner cruise. History buffs will want to make time for lesser-known sites such as Coba and Ek Balam. For scuba divers, Isla Contoy and the underwater museum MUSA are both musts. And for the revelers and spring breakers, VIP night tours showcase Cancun’s electric evening scene.
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Playa Norte (North Beach)
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Playa Norte (North Beach) is a gorgeous, relaxing beach located on Isla Mujeres, a small island off the Yucatan Peninsula. Isla Mujeres means the “Island of Women,” but both women and men will love lounging at Playa Norte.

Known for its many palm trees and white sand beach, Playa Norte stretches along the northern end of Isla Mujeres, where beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rental. Though its water is shallow, swimmers need to be aware that there can sometimes be a strong undertow; swim with caution. Experienced swimmers and snorkelers will enjoy paddling around to see the underwater sea life, and onsite shops have snorkeling gear to rent along with kayaks and stand up paddle boards.

In addition to water activities, Playa Norte is also home to a slew of fun beach bars and restaurants. Take a minute away from the beach for a tropical drink or some fresh seafood.

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Cenotes Sac Actun
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Intrepid travelers can test their limits—and their nerves—while navigating the channels of Sac Actun Cenote System—the longest underground river network in the world. Located in the jungles of Tulum, visitors descend into the river via an ominous looking rock well, complete with a well-worn wooden ladder. Because it’s rather remote and difficult to access, Sac Actun proves an ideal destination for travelers looking to explore the beauty and mystique of Mexico far away from the crowds.

Known by locals as the Pet Cemetery because of the large number of animal fossils, Sac Actun Cenote holds a spiritual place in Mayan tradition and offers travelers spectacular views of hidden waterfalls, dark caverns dripping with stalactites as they swim through fresh water streams. Snorkeling options are also available for those looking to check out the scene even further below the surface.

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Cenote Nohoch Nah Chich
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Mayan for "Giant Bird Cage", Nohoch Nah Chich is an accessible cenote, a series of underwater caves, popular for diving day trips from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The Nohoch Nah Chich streches 5 miles (8 kilometers) inland, making it the world's second largest underwater cave system. Diving among the delicate white geological formations is for experienced divers only, and is assured to be the experience of a lifetime for diving enthusiasts.

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Isla Mujeres
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Just off the coast of tourist-laden Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a small island, only 5 miles long (8 kilometers), with fantastic beaches, shopping, and restaurants. Named after the Mayan goddess of childbirth and medicine, the "Island of Women" is now known for the stellar snorkeling and scuba diving in the Manchones Reef and the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks, as well as the sea turtle sanctuary. Dining and entertainment can be found on Hildago Street, a cobble stone pedestrian walkway with boutiques and restaurants reminiscent of Playa del Carmen's Fifth Avenue. A plus to shopping and dining on Isla Mujeres over Cancun? It's a whole lot cheaper and has a great atmosphere.
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Garrafon Natural Reef Park
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Garrafon Natural Reef Park is a nature amusement park near Cancun, Mexico, that offers a variety of activities which take full advantage of the gorgeous landscape it’s on. Located on the island of Isla Mujeres, Garrafon Natural Reef Park is surrounded by tropical hills and rugged cliffs on land and colorful reefs in the sea. Visitors can partake in over twenty activities both in and out of the water.

On land, strap yourself into a harness and glide through the air via Garrafon Natural Reef Park’s exhilarating zipline, explore the island on a fun bike ride or hike through an ancient Mayan temple. You can also simply relax while at Garrafon Natural Reef Park on one of its beachside chairs or hammocks.

While relaxing, you can also go for a swim in the clear water off the coast of Isla Mujeres, although Garrafon Natural Reef Park offers many other ways to experience the sea, including kayaking, snorkeling and even swimming with dolphins.

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Cancun Airport VIP Lounge
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The Cancun International Airport is the second-largest in the country and handles a majority of international flights coming in and out of Mexico. The VIP Lounges — located in both terminals 2 and 3 — give travelers a quiet, comfortable place to relax away from the bustle of the main terminal while waiting for a flight.

Admission to the lounge includes an open bar, snacks, coffee, tea, soft drinks and juices. Lounge guests enjoy free WiFi, TVs showing news and sports channels, a variety of newspapers and magazines and a kids area.

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Xotik-Ha EcoPark

The newest Eco-park in Cancun, Xpu-Ha is all-inclusive with snorkel gear, catamaran rides, and kayaking near some of the best beaches and lagoons for snorkeling.

The park's 10 acres (4 hectares) of tropical forest and wetlands also features over 20 ruins and an exceptional collection of rare bird species. Spot monkeys, coatimundis, flamingos, and turtles as the layout of the park allows visitors to see the array of wildlife up close.

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