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

There are an abundance of beaches to visit in the area. You can click on the beach names for a detailed guide to that part of the coast.

Playa Delfines: The picturesque shores of the Playa Delfines are excellent for a myriad of beach activities. Located just south of Chacmool, this coastline features breathtaking views, cool island breezes, and spectacular sand dunes.

Another alternative worth considering 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: This beach is one of the more developed on the island, so those who want to make their beach day a full experience should head to Playa Tiburon. Along the back of the beach guests will find vendors selling everything from snacks to henna tattoos, and closer to the emerald green sea is a small stretch of white sand.

Needless to say, you will find some other choices for beaches in the area. To get more information about this topic, read this page.


If you like to learn about other places and cultures, you might enjoy 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 following table summarizes some details concerning 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

Do you enjoy learning some of the historical roots of foreign countries? If so, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical attractions during your time in Cancun.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, 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 that often intrigues visitors 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 minute to read the table below for a listing of sites of historical interest in and around Cancun.

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 will experience some other intriguing sites to visit in and near the area.

If the more functional aspects of living by the sea interest you, you should think about seeing Punta Sur Lighthouse. Punta Sur Lighthouse accepts visitors daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The table right below summarizes more information on the other kinds of attractions of interest to travelers.

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

Interactive Aquarium Cancun is one of the more popular outdoor attractions. 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.

Delphinus Dolphin Swim is a second attraction you might want to consider. 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.

These examples are only some of what's on the island. Navigate here to visit our page regarding natural attractions in Cancun.


Cancun Casinos

Ready for some action? Travelers who'd like to try their luck will have lots of alternatives in this area.

Playboy Club Cancun has a restaurant, so you can 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're simply looking to play a few slots, you could give Caliente Casino a try. 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: Dubai Palace Casio offers 350 slot machines which are manufactured in the United States. From electronic Bingo to whimsical slots, there is plenty to entertain you here.

These examples are just some of the options that are available. Take advantage of this extended discussion which is all about gaming in Cancun if you're seeking additional details.

Other Attractions

In addition, visitors can enjoy three other attractions. Take a minute to read the table just below to learn more.

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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