Cancun Attractions

Cancun's attractions will keep you outdoors for most of your stay

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Cancun's reputation as being a hot party spot is not undeserved, but there is most certainly more to the Mexican state than night clubs. Unparalleled beaches, bountiful nature, and awe-inspiring historic sites play their role in making Cancun one of the most popular vacation spots in the world.


Playa Delfines

You will find a large selection of beaches to choose from in the area. Just click on the name of each beach for a detailed guide to that part of the coast.

Playa Delfines: As Boulevard Kukulcán curved into a hill at Km 18 near Ruinas del Rey is where you will find Playa Delfines.

A second place to consider is Playa Langosta. Playa Langosta is one of the finest areas around for swimming in the cool, refreshing waters which are roped off for protection. The beachfaces beautiful Bahia de Mujeres and features a dock.

Playa Tiburon: Playa Tiburon is located on the west side of Isla Mujeres.

Luckily, the area has plenty of other beaches to choose from in the area. To visit our complete guide to beaches, read this article.


If you like to expand your knowledge of other places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation.

Museo Arqueológico de Cancún: The Archaeological Museum will give any visitor a greater understanding of the region's rich history and that of the mighty Maya Civilization. The exhibits are a great primer for anyone wanting to learn more of the ruins and temples before heading out to tour them.

The chart right below summarizes a few details regarding a museum in the area.

Museums In Cancun
Name Phone Location
Museo Arqueológico de Cancún (998) 883-0305 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico

Historical Sites

Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin

In case you like to immerse yourself in the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you might want to visit some of these historical sites during your stay.

A common landmark for vacationers is Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin. It is Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, in southeastern Cancun. The Yamil Lu'um Maya Ruins, set between Park Royal Piramides and Westin Lagunamar, consists of two small temples built between 1200 and 1550 A.D. The location of these temples, Temple of the Scorpion and Temple of the Handprint suggests they were used as watch towers and even lighthouses.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit El Meco Mayan Ruins. It is northeastern Cancun. The gates to El Meco open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m.

Ruinas del Rey: Oddly, these ruins are located in the middle of the busiest area of Cancun. Yet the Ruinas del Rey are here, and are able to maintain a peaceful aurora.

Take a moment to read the chart below for more information on sites of historical interest in and around the area.

Historic Sites In and Around Cancun
Name Phone Location
Ekab Maya Ruin -- 4.6 mi. Southeast of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
El Meco Mayan Ruins -- 4.8 mi. Northeast of Central Cancun Mexico
Iglesia de Cristo Rey (998) 881-2745 Downtown Cancun Mexico
Isla Mujeres Cemetery -- 0.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Ruinas del Rey (998) 883-2080 2.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin -- 1.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Punta Sur Lighthouse

Guests can experience some other worthwhile local landmarks in and near the area.

If the functional aspects of life by the sea interest you, you should consider visiting Punta Sur Lighthouse. Punta Sur Lighthouse accepts visitors daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The table below has a few details concerning other kinds of places of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In and Around Cancun
Name Type Location
El Farito Lighthouse 0.9 mi. South of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres
Fisherman's Statue Monument 0.2 mi. South West of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres
Ixchel Goddess Statue Monument 0.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres
Punta Sur Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.5 mi. Southeast of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres

Natural Attractions

Interactive Aquarium Cancun

Delphinus Dolphin Swim is one of the more frequently visited outdoor tourist attractions. A leader in creating personalized dolphin encounters in a natural environment, Delphinus Dolphin Swim works hard to create a natural environment with responsibility toward the well-being of the dolphins while still making it a great time for guests.

Another local attraction to consider is Atlantida at Parque Nizuc. A waterpark with a focus on allowing guests to bond with the dolphins, Atlantida at Parque Nizuc is the ultimate memory-making activity.

These examples are just a few of the options worth consideration Click to view our article about natural attractions in Cancun.


Ready for some action? Guests interested in trying their luck on the slots will discover a handful of venues where they can do so in this area.

Caliente Casino offers dining on-site, so you can grab a bite to eat before, during or after the gaming action. Sports from around the world can be seen on 40 HD wide screen televisions, although the most popular here are the nightly dog races, which are broadcast life from the Caliente Track in Tijuana ever night at 7:45 p.m. You can also catch a matinee at 2:00 p.m.

Dubai Palace Casino, which is part of Plaza Las Americas Mall, is situated in downtown Cancun. A favored pastime amongst tourists, spending some time in the casino is a great way to pass some time and have some fun. Dubai Palace is one of the few casinos in Mexico with a bilingual staff, which makes this particular spot even more popular amongst American visitors.

The gaming opportunities in Cancun are summarized right below.

Gambling In Cancun
Name Located At Phone Location
Caliente Casino -- (664) 682-3110 0.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Dubai Palace Casino Plaza Las Americas Mall (998) 802-1966 Downtown Cancun

Other Attractions

In addition, visitors can enjoy several other attractions. The following chart lists a few details concerning the other miscellaneous attractions in Cancun.

Other Attractions In Cancun
Name Type Location
Atlantida at Parque Nizuc Dolphin Encounter Service The vicinity of Cancun, Southern part of Cancun Mexico
Delphinus Dolphin Swim Dolphin Encounter Service 3.4 mi. Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service 0.6 mi. West of Central Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres

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