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Best Ways to Spend your Time in Cancun and the Riviera Maya

Great Ways to Spend your Time in Cancun and the Riviera Maya

If you have booked a vacation in Cancun then it is likely that you are now looking to see what kinds of amenities and activities will be available to you during your stay. If this is the case then you have landed in the right place because we have the lowdown on Cancun’s best activities, experiences, and hotspots. Here are some things you should experience when you’re in Cancun:

Explore the ruins and cenotes around Cancun

The Top Mayan Sites to Visit on the Riviera Maya near Cancun

The Mayan ruins and cenotes which dot the Yucatan peninsula are truly breath-taking sights which have to be experienced first-hand to be believed. There are many stunning ruins which boast rich histories and beautiful architecture, but the ruins of Tulum, El Rey, and those found in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere are particularly noteworthy.


The cenotes which pepper the peninsula, on the other hand, are 100% natural, and this is what makes them so utterly magnificent. This network of underwater caverns and tunnels is without a doubt a wonder of the natural world. Experienced divers can venture deep into these caverns with a guide, but those who have little or no experience should stick to swimming and snorkelling in the uncovered portions of the cenotes as the pathways are labyrinthine and often claustrophobic.

Visit the Islands

Isla Mujeres Beaches

There are a number of islands you can visit while taking a vacation in Cancun, such as Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Holbox and Isla Contoy. The islands of Isla Mujeres and Cozumel are the easiest to visit and are both tranquil and beautiful places with peaceful beaches and wonderfully warm, clear waters to explore and snorkel in. Guests staying at Villa del Palmar Cancun are only 10 minutes away from the tourist ferry to Isla Mujeres. For Cozumel, you will need to take a ferry from Playa del Carmen, about 40 minutes from Cancun or take an organized tour. Holbox and Contoy need some forward planning as limited numbers of tourist may enter these islands each day, so make sure you book tours in advance.

Meet Whale Sharks and Dolphins

Swim with Dolphins in Cancun

Swimming with dolphins is perhaps one of the most iconic vacation activities, and there are plenty of places in which you can have this experience in Cancun. You could even get some photos to take home with you as a reminder!

Swimming with Whale Sharks is an experience much more exclusive to Mexico, and to Cancun, as these waters are the breeding and feeding ground of these gentle giants between May and September. There are tours which take you to see the whale sharks in their natural habitat, and even allow you to swim with them.

Experience the nightlife

Night Llife

The nightlife in Cancun is world class and famous far beyond the city limits. The hotel zone has a plethora of clubs and bars which suit people of all ages and tastes, so you’ll never have trouble finding a scene to slide into.

For family friendly night-life you could turn to the Jolly Roger Pirate show; this replica Galleon hosts a swashbuckling dinner show each night. It’s tonnes of fun!

Play Golf in Cancun

Best Golf in and Around Cancun

Cancun plays host to some truly world class golf courses and luxurious golf clubs, so golfers of every level of skill and experience can find their perfect place to practice putting! We highly recommend the Costa Mujeres golf club to all lovers of the sport, which is particularly convenient for guests at Villa del Palmar Cancun as it is located right next door to the resort.

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