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.
Visit the Museo Maya de Cancun (Maya Culture Museum) before you see the ruins of Chichen Itza to gain an understanding of the history, culture and archaology of the Maya people. The museum includes indoor and outdoor areas, with many artifacts and incredible miniature models.
MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) is an underwater museum in the waters surrounding Cancun and Isla Mujeres, consisting of 400 permanent life-size sculptures on the ocean floor. Visitors can explore this fascinating attraction by glass bottom boat (perfect for all ages), or by SCUBA, snorkel, or jungle tour.
Once an important Mayan village, this eco-archaological park now features more than 50 attractions on the seashore near Cancun. Explore tropical jungle trails, visit Jaguar Island and the colorful Butterfly Pavilion, take a snorkeling tour, swim in underground rivers, and have fun with the Dolphin Swim. Don't forget to visit the Torre Escenica rotating scenic tower for panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea; admission is free with your Xcaret wristband.
Xel-Há is a true paradise for nature lovers and an amazing natural aquarium. Swim and snorkel among tropical fish and discover the jungle trails of this paradise by foot, bicycle or mini train. Admire different species of flora and fauna in their natural habitat during your tour. Indulge your taste buds with traditional Mexican dishes in any of the four restaurants at Xel-Há.
Besides its unparalleled beauty, secluded sandy white beaches and lush palm trees, this island boasts more than 150 migrating and resident bird species. Facilities include a visitor center with a pier; a museum; a souvenir store; a resting area with benches and palapas; a grill for barbecues; a 20-mete can learn about the local flora and fauna.
Unlike many other ancient Mayan archaological sites in the Yucatan, Coba is still enveloped in the deep green of the tropical jungle, making it a wild place that truly triggers your imagination. All along the paths are mounds overgrown with trees, vines and flowers. A typical trip to Coba includes a tour of Tulum or Cenote as well, so you can hit two ancient sites in one day.
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 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. Spend your day snorkeling, SCUBA diving, or exploring the reef and lagoon in a clear-bottom kayak.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in the paradise of Cancun's hotel zone, La Habichuela Sunset offers a variety of cuisine offerings including Caribbean-Mexican fusion and fresh seafood. Enjoy a traditional Mayan show demonstrating ancient ceremonies and rituals each evening.
Complete your holiday in Cancun and Los Cabos with traditional Lorenzillo's visit, to enjoy a lobster classic dinner. The culinary tradition of excellence in Cancun and Los Cabos together with a beautiful marina setting and spectacular sunsets framed palapas one of the largest and most beautiful in the world over water.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experience an ocean of fun with towering water slides and incredible attractions at this fun-filled park located at the southern end of the Cancun Hotel Zone. In addition to unlimited meals and beverages included in the price, you'll also get to see the exciting dolphin presentation!
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.
Sail aboard the amazing pirate galleon, The Jolly Roger, and enjoy an amazing pirate battle in the Caribbean Sea. You'll be amazed by glittering swords in acrobatic duels, cannon battles and pyrotechnic explosions. Your ticket includes a delicious meal, three and a half hours open bar, a party atmosphere and family entertainment. Pirate Kids' menu also available.
The Scenic Tower in Xcaret Park has the ability to rise to a height of 80 meters and rotates 360 degrees, so you can enjoy fantastic aerial views of the Riviera Maya, the Caribbean Sea and Cozumel. Admission is free with your Xcaret wristband or $15 without.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.