If you’re looking for a good beach, Cancun can offer some pretty spectacular ones. With over 20 kilometres of glorious white sand, you’re never far from the ocean. Generally the North Side beaches are considered to be more tranquil, with calm waters perfect for swimming or kids’ paddling. The East Side, in contrast, offers excitement in the form of the perfect waves for surfing. Each beach has something different to offer, so you could spend your holiday beach hopping.
Playa Delfines – literally ‘dolphin beach’ – has some of the clearest water in the whole of Cancun. One of the city’s largest beaches, it’s popular among thrill-seekers who come to surf the waves. Playa Tortugas offers excellent snorkelling opportunities, sailboard rentals and a bungee tower over the water. If you’re looking for solitude, however, Pearl Beach has calm, warm water perfect for children or a relaxing swim. You won’t regret taking the ferry across to Isla Mujeres, either. This idyllic island across the water from Cancun is home to the picturesque North Beach – one of the most highly-rated beaches in all of Mexico.
It’s hard to miss Mayan culture, even if you’ve only travelled to Cancun for a party. The Mayans were an ancient culture indigenous to Mexico and southwards to Central America. They reached the peak of their power around the 6th century AD but dramatically declined after this, for reasons unknown to historians.
The Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, however, still has plenty of evidence of their existence, and spectacular remains to explore. Cancun is the ideal base to access these awe-inspiring ancient sites. Some – like El Rey, an archaeological site at the Sheraton Cancun Resort and Towers – are situated in Cancun itself. Named after a skeleton found at the site, at El Rey you can see the remains of ancient buildings separated by plazas, as well as two temples used in later history.
Two hours’ drive away, Chichen Itza sits in the middle of the Yucatan Peninsula and is home to an iconic Mayan pyramid. You simply can’t go to Cancun without seeing this iconic ancient city.