Attractions in Cancun

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 discover a large selection of beaches to enjoy in the area. You can click on the name of each beach for a detailed guide to that beach.

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 that beach-goers can consider is Playa Langosta. Playa Langosta beach is accessible to the public, and offers a number of services for beach patrons, including a center for watersports. The wealth of amenities make it easy for everyone to enjoy the sand, sun, and surf.

Playa Tiburon: Playa Tiburon, which means Shark Beach in English, is set on the west coast of Isla Mujeres. Don't let the name fool you, the only sharks you'll likely see are housed in pens on the shore.

Needless to say, you can find plenty of other choices for beaches in the area. Click this link to visit our guide to beaches for Cancun.


If you like to explore other cultures and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your time in Cancun.

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 following table shows more information about a museum you might enjoy in Cancun.

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

Do you enjoy learning some of the history of foreign countries? If yes, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical attractions during your stay.

Many travelers choose to visit 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.

Another landmark worth visiting is El Meco Mayan Ruins. It is northeastern Cancun. Although there are 14 known structures at El Meco, only about half are consistently open to the public. Since you can't climb the pyramids, a tour of the grounds will take about an hour, though you can stay longer and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Ruinas del Rey: The park is open from 8:00am until 5:00pm.

Take a look at the table below to read more about historic sites 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

Visitors will discover some other interesting sites to visit in and near Cancun.

If the more functional aspects of maritime life interest you, consider heading to Punta Sur Lighthouse. Located in Parque Punta Sur is the Punta Sur Lighthouse, it is part of a nautical museum and demonstrates the important of lighting the night for sailors.

The chart right below summarizes more information about 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
Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.2 mi. South West of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres
Observation Tower Observation Tower 2.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Isla Mujeres
Plaza Isla Mujeres Attraction 1.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central 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 local attractions that's worth a visit. <p>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.</p>

Another local attraction you might like is Interactive Aquarium Cancun. <p>Learn all that you can about marine life in the Mexican Caribbean when you visit the Interactive Aquarium. Many guests even go so far as to sign up for programs that allow them to swim with dolphins and feed the sharks.</p>

These examples are only some of the options that are available. To learn more about natural attractions in Cancun, click here.


Cancun Casinos

Looking for a bit of action? Guests looking to test their luck on the slots will find quite a few opportunities to do so in this area.

Playboy Club Cancun has a restaurant, so you can grab a bite to eat before or after you try your luck. Playboy Club Cancun was designed with the original Playboy Club in Chicago in mind. Although there are authentic Mexican hand-bunched metallic walls, the Playboy Rabbit takes up prime space, and there are numerous pieces of artwork from the Playboy collection.

If you like slot machines, you should check out Caliente Casino. Set at the east end of Paseo Cancun Plaza, Caliente Casino features a '70s inspired decor, with two bars, and a clean environment.

Dubai Palace Casino: 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.

Luckily, there are plenty of additional options too. Make your way to this article dedicated to gaming in Cancun if you need more facts.

Other Attractions

In addition, vacationers can enjoy three other attractions. Be sure to look through the chart below to read more about other 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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