Isla Contoy National Park is located 30 kms north of Isla Mujeres where the waters of the Caribbean Sea meet with the Golf of Mexico. The Ixlache reef south of Contoy marks the beginning of the second longest barrier reef in the world, the Great Mesoamerican Reef. Isla Contoy is an area that has been naturally protected since 1961 and was declared a National Park in 1998. It is uninhabited island and managed by the Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP)an organization under the authority of the Secretaria del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT).
Cancun's ultimate nightlife destination isn't a typical nightclub, but this enormous venue for live performers who entertain with gymnastics and other mesmerizing acts. For DJs and dancing, try Zona Hoteleria or one of Cancun's many other dance clubs.
Like the name suggests, sea turtles are a major attraction at this spectacular beach, which is known as a favorite of locals and visitors alike.
Puerto Moreolos is a haven away from Cancun's frenetic resorts. Wedged between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, the fishing village has managed to keep its sleepy, small-town vibe. Visitors come here to relax, mingle with locals, and explore the coral reef.
If you're looking for a local vibe, try this park on a Saturday or Sunday, especially during the evening. Street vendors sell local cuisine and crafts, and there are often live music and other events.
Over 350 archaological artifacts live at this stunning museum, which chronicles the history and culture of the ancient Mayans.
Cancun's resort zone has preserved areas and sanctuaries that are thriving ecologically. The enormous Laguna Nichupte borders the resort zone. It is rich with waterfowl, fish, crocodiles, shellfish, and mangrove vegetation. A unique "jungle tour" allows visitors to navigate the Lagoon's canals in their own two-seater wave-runner, as guides point out special flora and fauna. Joggers, bicyclers, and walkers can enjoy picture perfect mornings along our seaside and lagoonside pathways. Many of the marinas in Cancun are now offering an eco-adventure through the Nichupte Lagoon they have dubbed the jungle tour. Man your own two-person water craft, take a guided tour through the dense mangrove forests to a section of the largest coral reefs in the world where you can snorkel, sunbathe and relax before returning to the marina.
MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) is an underwater museum in the waters surrounding Cancun and Isla Mujeres in Mexico. The project was created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor and consists of 400 permanent life-size sculptures on the ocean floor. Each of the sculptures is made from materials designed to promote coral life, which lends the artwork a fascinating, ever-changing quality, along with attracting marine life.
The original Akumal Dive Shop is a 5 star PADI shop with 28 years of experience, offering the best in snorkeling and recreational to advanced scubadiving.
Discover the mysterious beauty of Tulum and the stunning, natural Xel-Ha aquarium. This relaxing, all inclusive excursion from Cancun or Playa del Carmen will give you the opportunity to explore the spectacular Mexican landscape and natural aquatic life. This family friendly excursion is sure to leave the entire family in awe!
Visit the most important archaeological zone of the Mayan world, the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire on a full day guided tour. Witness the remnants of the once powerful Mayan people and visit the Sacred Cenote where sacrifices took place. You'll have the opportunity to see the Ball Court, where Mayan games of strength and skill were held, the Castle and Pyramid of Kukulkan. Recently declared as one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza is a must when visiting Mexico!
Sail on a beautiful Trimaran through the Caribbean Sea and travel to the tropical island that sits on the imaginary line between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Explore Isla Mujeres and enjoy a relaxing day on this beautiful, quiet island!
Mexico offers one of the most exhilarating experiences available. The Royal Dolphin Swim is the perfect way to discover this gentle, friendly and intelligent mammal! Prepare yourself for a memory that will stick with you forever as you are pushed by the dolphins at high speeds around the water. Truly an unforgettable experience!
Visit an incredible eco-archaeological park, where you can spend a day in paradise relaxing and enjoying nature, snorkeling, activities, shows and more! For more than a millennium, this nature park and archaeological zone has been an important ceremonial center and Mayan port. Xcaret is located 34 miles (55 km) south of Cancun, near Playa del Carmen.
On a wave runner or speedboat for two, set off from Cancun on a breathtaking tour across the Nichupte lagoon. Ride through the dense mangroves, the Nizuk River and the Caribbean Sea, all the way to the Nizuk Coral Reef where you'll snorkel among living colorful corals and a myriad of tropical fish.
Spectacular Chichen Itza holds both mystery and magic, and you can explore it on a personalized, private tour from Cancun. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient Mayan capital is the most important archaeological zone of the Mayan Empire. On your private tour, you can spend as much of the day as you wish at the site, admiring the majestic observatory, the Sacred Cenote, the ball court and the castle. Hire an on-site guide for additional insight into these ruins (additional cost) or upgrade your tour to include lunch or lunch with drinks.
A beautifully presented museum that explains all the Mayan culture, from the ancient people to the traditions and religion.
The importance of the area, is to be a habitat for several threatened or endangered species, among which the manatee, which was the inspiration to create this sanctuary, but other species are also a vital part of the environment, which is necessary to develop precise ecological studies. The protected area has more than 300 plant species in the middle and low forests: hillocks, mangroves, wetlands, ponds, lakes and pastures, home to wildlife such as jaguars, ocelots, wild boar, turkey bush, toucans, crocodiles and more than 200 species that mostly fall within a protected status.
Nestled on a private beach, you'll find one of Cozumel's most unique treasures in the family-owned Cozumel Pearl Farm, currently the only pearl farm operating anywhere in the Caribbean.
This archaeological site encompasses ruins of the Maya civilization, and is situated in the northern part of Cozumel.
The ruins of El Cedral are the oldest in Cozumel, dating back to 800 A.D. The once majestic temple here has largely been destroyed, but this village was once the largest community on the island and the Mayan capital of Cozumel.
The largest ecological reserve on Cozumel is here at Punta Sur, Faro Celerain, where a biodiverse array of iguanas, exotic birds, and other creatures thrive in a lush natural setting.
15 miles south of San Miguel at Palancar National Park lies one of the Yucatan's best all-around beach areas. Palancar beach and reef are ideal for watersports, swimming, sunning, dining, and more.
Why waste prescious time when you can experience the best attractions of Mexico (in miniature) all in one place? Discover Mexico transports you through time and space with miniature replicas of ancient ruins, interactive exhibits, and more.
Get up-close and personal with the friendly stingrays at this popular tour destination. Tour packages are available for small groups to feed the rays, snorkel, and more.
On the northeast side of Cozumel, far from the cruise ships, wilderness enthusiasts trek to this spot for its spectacular camping. Few amenities effectively keep the crowds away. Punta Molas is marked by a deserted lighthouse and a few small ruins.
The Chankanaab Lagoon once hosted an ancient Mayan settlement and was later used as a hiding place for pirate treasure. For visitors nowadays, the real treasure is a chance to swim with dolphins in this mystical setting.
Explore the history of Cozumel, from the formation of the island up to the present. The museum's four exhibition halls include both permanent and temporary expositions by local and international artists.
Chankanaab Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cozumel. It was dubbed Chankanaab National Park when it was made a refuge and reserve to protect wildlife in 1980, and is home to some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving sites on the island.
Enjoy a four hour Cozumel land and sea adventure. The excitement starts when you hop on your ATV in the local town of El Cedral, cover 8.5 miles (14km) of off road tracks, explore ancient Mayan caves, a Cenote (sink hole) and a small Mayan ruin. Included is a refreshing Playa Uvas beach break!
Isla Mujeres is a privileged place with a unique natural and cultural wealth in Mexico. This beautiful island combines the beauty of the Caribbean, the dense tropical jungle and the wonderful heritage of the Mayan civilization. It stands out as one of Mexico's natural treasures, a truly delightful paradise on earth.
The Mexican Caribbean has beaches with quality certification, among which, two of its endless beaches stand out, both are guaranteed to be enjoyed by tourists, Aventuras DIF and Playa Grand Velas. In Grand Velas, there are activities for the whole family and for all ages. Have fun kayaking, snorkeling and diving. Play with dolphins or explore its coral reefs and natural wells, accompanied by expert guides who will take care of your safety. You can also organize a tour and go out on the open sea to practice sports fishing, or you can cast off on a sail boat and take in the Mexican Caribbean. For golf fans, you will find a beautiful 36-hole golf course in Puerto Aventuras designed by Thomas Leman.
Aktun Chen is a nature park located on Mexico's Mayan Riviera, 3km south of Akumal (an hour and a half south of Cancun and 15 minutes before arriving at Tulum). The park has 150 hectares of jungle where the region's flora and fauna is preserved. The park has a 600 meter long dry cave. This cave, the only one like it in the area, houses a wealth of stalactites, stalagmites and stone columns, as well as a beautiful cenote at the end. Trying to find a balance between nature and fun, the park also has a zipline, in fact 10 ziplines and two hanging bridges, in the middle of the jungle. Another one of Aktun Chen's attractions is the beautiful underground cenote with crystal clear water where you can go snorkeling. The park also has an incredible natural zoo full of wildlife from the Mayan Riviera. The zoo is trying to help more than 15 species on their way to extinction, to reproduce and repopulate.
The botanical garden Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín, began in 1982 as a response to the rapid growth being done throughout the state of Quintana Roo, mainly in the north. In 1990, with the support of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the State Government, the garden was inaugurated and opened to the public, with the name of "Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín" in honor of that illustrious Mexican scientist who devoted much of his life to the study and rescue of knowledge about the natural environment have the Maya of the Yucatan Peninsula. The garden covers an area of 65 hectares of natural vegetation, surface places and it as one of the largest in the country. Two types of vegetation can be seen, "the evergreen tropical forest and mangrove." Having this vegetation in the garden is really important, since two decades ago covered much of the soils in the state, have now decreased considerably due to natural phenomenas like hurricanes and fires and by the direct action of man. As a natural garden it also serves as a haven for wildlife, and is therefore common to see iguanas, plenty of resident and migratory birds, and troops of spider monkeys.
Chichen Itza is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Maya civilization located in the northern center of the Yucatan Peninsula. The site contains many fine stone buildings in various states of preservation; many have been fully restored. The buildings are connected by a dense network of formerly paved roads, called sacbeob. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the second-most visited of Mexico's archaeological sites.
La Destileria Cancún is a restaurant-bar serving Contemporary Mexican cuisine. Through its food and tequila, La Destileria represents the traditions of Mexico. The restaurant is also a museum of tequila that transports to you the old tequila making factories, where you can learn everything about tequila.
The fame acquired by this restaurant has not solely been for its atmosphere. The superb cuisine and service, the menu composed of original and personal creations, focused on Caribbean seafood, Mexican cuisine and excellent top choice cuts of beef are part of La Habichuela's success.
This grand dame of Cancún restaurants delivers on the promise of its name (which means "the sweet life" in Italian). Whether you dine indoors or on the terrace overlooking the lagoon, the candlelit tables adorned with fine linen and china, soft music, and discreet waiters will make you feel you've arrived. The Italian fare includes Bolognese-style lasagna, green taglierini with lobster medallions, and veal ravioli in wild mushroom sauce; the wine list is also excellent.
Located in the center of the city, La Habichuela, has become a establishment of Cancun with more than 32 years operation. Some say that if you don't know La Habichuela, you don't know Cancun. The genuine ambience of the Mayan culture, attentive service, and a menu complete with Caribbean seafood dishes, Mexican cuisine, steaks, and international cuisine, have built the restaurant's strong reputation. La Habichuela was awarded the Five Diamonds Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and is a proud recipient of the National Best Restaurant Award.
Literally built for the third time against all odds, Lorenzillo's welcomes its patrons aboard to walk through all its spaces in and out. By excellence Cancun's culinary tradition combines itself with a beautiful marine ambiance and spectacular sunsets framed by one of the most gorgeous and biggest palapa in the world on the water. Live lobster is the overwhelming favorite and part of the appeal is selecting one for dinner out of the giant lobster tank set in the lagoon.
This restaurant named after its owner, Chef Cristian Morales opened its doors in the city of Cancun offering a unique space in its genre that holds 38 guests for lunch and dinner. Here, you can taste the elaborate dishes from Chef Cristian Morales' fusion kitchen where aromas and flavors converge in creations for demanding palates.
Katsuya is a Japanese restaurant with a lounge area and terrace bar. Important elements come together from the wide range of original flavors of Japan enjoyed in a relaxing and pleasant environment.
Tinto is an Argentinean style restaurant specializing in steaks cooked on the grill and in a wood oven. Fish and shellfish are prepared by the Peruvian Chef, Alan Banda. Tinto only serves the highest quality meat, Certified Angus Beef "High Choice" and Certified Angus Beef "Prime." In addition to the steaks, specialties includes: beef ribs cooked in the brick oven for 16 hours, Certified Angus Beef Prime Filet, blue risotto with shrimp, ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta, and suckling pig.
Harry's is a refined contemporary restaurant proudly serving USDA Prime and Certified Black Angus beef. The natural beauties that only Cancun can offer, surround the restaurant.
When you enter Senor Frog's, you're instantly transported to a different place. Here, the setting is friendly and informal and it's impossible not to relax and have fun. Good time are guaranteed and smiles are not optional. Whether you're gulping beer by the yard or enjoying the beautiful scenery, Senor Frog's is the place to make memories that last.
Since it opened in 1965, Pepe's restaurant has been known for its quality on the island of Cozumel. Originally established in the place where Palmeras restaurant now stands, it was from the start a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. Pepe's restaurant has always been known for offering its clients with the freshest local seafood. It was in the late seventies that it added its famous steaks, that made it famous worldwide. When you're in Cozumel, enjoy a beautiful dinner oceanfront, where the moon shines through the palm trees and you can watch the ships go by.
Choose from over 200 items on the menu featuring an assortment of tastes from all around Asia. If you are looking for something more exotic their chefs from Hong Kong, China, and Thailand can prepare a variety of dishes that are not listed on the regular menu. With such a large variety of tastes you are encouraged to order several dishes and share with the group to sample the many different flavors of Asia. Whether dining inside in a comfortable climate controlled dining room or outside on the patio or garden you will enjoy a magnificent view of the ocean.
Di Vino The Glass Bar was opened in 2003 thanks to Nicola Iorio and her partner Ricardo Bertazzoni. This collaboration has created an enterprise of familiarity, but with an organization of international style. The restaurant was opened to the public with the intention of offering, in this marvelous part of Mexico, a modern concept of cuisine and oenology that reminds one of a united Italy from north to south, without forgetting its traditions.
La Casa del Agua was created in 2001 by the Spath family and offers a menu of International cuisine with seafood specialties, personalized service, a warm atmosphere, and the soft sound of a waterfall. The diverse menu has European touch and Caribbean and Mexican flavors. The restaurant offers wines from over 140 vineyards from 12 countries.
Wet'n'Wild is a water park full of refreshing activities and great fun for the whole family! It is conveniently located in the Hotel Zone of Cancun.
A center for ecotourism and education that is a model for the sustainable development within sensitive tropical ecosystems. The generated profits from the tours, sport fishing, the use of their beautifully crafted installations and all the activities that take place throughout the year, are used to finance conservation programs and environmental education in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.
The Interactive Aquarium has 13 fish zones. Available activities include swimming with dolphins, the possibility of feeding sharks, getting in contact with marina life and special exhibits. The convenient location, in the middle of Cancun's Hotel Zone, makes it accessible to everyone.
Spend the day at Xplor Adventure Park - Mexico's newest attraction! You'll have the chance to drive amphibious vehicles, go ziplining, and raft through caves filled with stalactites. With roundtrip transportation from Cancun or Riviera Maya included, all you need to bring with you is your adventurous spirit!
Explore Cancun like never before - through the jungle and in a Hummer! Hop aboard a fully automatic Hummer and take the adventure of a lifetime, visiting an authentic Mayan ruin and interactive zoo, snorkeling in an underground cave and going on a thrilling ziplining adventure! Book your all-inclusive Cancun Hummer tour today and experience the very best of the Riviera Maya!
Enjoy an amazing pirate battle in the Caribbean Sea, you will be glittered by the swords in acrobatic duels; cannon battling and pyrotechnic explosion will make you feel part of this tremendous show. Join them to sail aboard the amazing pirate galleon The Jolly Roger where you will enjoy a delicious dinner for all family including buffet and a drink open bar with unlimited party and entertainment.
The Scenic Tower in Xcaret has the ability to rise to a height of 80 meters and thanks to its 360 degree rotation; you can admire the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya and Cozumel Island on the horizon. You will also be able to distinguish attractions like the Gran Tlachco Theater, the Mayan Ball Game and the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel. The cove, the beach, the rivers, and lagoon are also included in this extraordinary landscape.
Croco Cun Zoo was originally established as a crocodile farm, dedicated to the breeding of crocodiles and the sustainable commercialization of its products. In 1988, Croco Cun was pounded by hurricane Gilbert, it practically destroyed the farm. However, as time passed, it began to rise with a new concept: Croco Cun Zoo, a 100% conservationist project. The operation of the farm has now become a sustainable program here in Mexico, because it protects and promotes the conservation of the species.
Backstage is an alternative for entertainment in Cancun which offers a unique experience that you will not find in any another place. Enjoy lively Vegas-style entertainment over food and drinks.
A new era in Mexico's nightlife was born with Mandala. The striking entrance makes this club different from every place in town.
Spend a night in Cancun at three of the city's most exciting nightclubs! This 6-hour club-hopping tour is filled with fun, dancing and VIP service. Enjoy unlimited drinks while you dance the night away, and skip the long entrance lines at each club. This is the best way to experience a night out in Cancun.
Visit three of the hottest bars and nightclubs in Playa del Carmen on this tour! You'll be guided through the ultimate night-time scene in Playa del Carmen, from fun beachside bars to trendy dance nightclubs. Enjoy easy entry past the velvet rope, unlimited drinks and dancing all night on this exciting beachside city tour!
Plaza Caracol - known for art, design and fashion is located at the heart of Cancun's Hotel Zone. Caracol is a traditional spot to shop or dine in a friendly and comfortable environment.
Mercado Coral Negro is a bustling and lively open-air venue situated across the street from the Forum By The Sea shopping mall. It offers souvenirs, local arts and crafts, henna tattoos, hair braiding and more.
Open-air markets are a favorite of Mexico, and Mercado Coral Negro is one of the most reputable. Shoppers can find anything ranging from jewelry to clothing, even great local eats. It is advisable to negotiate with vendors, as shoppers will often be able to find more affordable prices for their goods.
A unique experience with its open areas, inland water channels and the most prestigious boutiques - La Isla Shopping Village Cancun has the best mix of over 160 offerings including major international, national and regional brands, restaurants and entertainment. This International Shopping Center Award recipient is the most visited mall in the hotel zone of Cancun and the most international recognized in Mexico.
Amarte Galeria is an art gallery situated between Puerto Morelos and Cancun. Here you can view exhibits by numerous artists from Quintana Roo, as well as buy their artwork.
This store takes up an entire city block and is located in an old colonial warehouse. It has a wide variety of things to choose from, ranging from typical gringo beach wear to Mexican handicrafts from all over Mexico. If you get hungry while shopping there is a great little spot out back called Pancho's Backyard that serves a menu full of gringo delights.
With all there is to see and buy in Cancun, shopping can overwhelm even the most astute shopper. A good place to begin your quest for Mexican crafts is at La Casa del Arte Popular Mexicano, a wonderful museum and shop located at El Embarcadero (at the northern entrance to the Hotel Zone). Mexican folk art lovers will discover an exquisite collection displayed in several museum-style rooms. A fine gift shop is also on site.