The beautiful and thrilling city of Cancun is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Mexico. Cancun boarders the Caribbean Sea and is known for its nightlife, numerous resorts and white beaches. It sits on the Yucatan Channel which separates Cuba from Mexico, and has been a popular tourist destination for Decades. Most of the Markets, restaurants and shops frequented by locals are found on the mainland right in the heart of the city. However, most of the popular beaches and modern resorts are located in a long narrow island just offshore from the mainland. Cancun combines modern conveniences with an exotic and wonderful tropical island setting where watersports abound and the party never stops. The amount of exciting and fun things to do in Cancun is quite amazing.
Let’s explore some of the best outdoor activities for active people in Cancun.
1. Snorkeling and scuba diving
Known for its diversity of life, dazzling colors and shallow reefs, Cancun is definitely one of the best places in the entire world for scuba diving. The Northern tip of the great Mesoamerican reef (gran Arrecife Maya), popularly known as Punta Nizuc is one of the largest and most beautiful reef sin the Northern Hemisphere. Here you can explore a wide variety of dive options and explore several ancient sunken ships in addition to the breathtaking sea life. Inland, a series of cenotes and caverns are quite fascinating for more experienced divers. Drift diving is also quite popular here, with dives going to the Caves of the Sleeping Sharks and reef sat El Garrafon. However, beware that the ‘sleeping sharks’ have been driven off by human activity.
2. Adventure tours
Cancun has numerous adventure tours that take visitors to interesting places like rope bridges, tree platforms, jungle zip lines, and many more. This is definitely a great way for you to get out and enjoy the amazing outdoors and experience the most extreme forms of entertainment Cancun has to offer. This is definitely one of the best ways for active people to have an unforgettable experience in this truly amazing vacation paradise.
3. Hit the beach
The incredible white beaches are one of the main attractions that make Cancun a high profile vacation destination. The long white sandy beaches provide of space for the huge amount of social activity taking place there, and also offer a great opportunity to access the stunning waters. There are numerous beaches in Cancun such as Playa Las Perlas (Beach of Perls), Playa Linda (Pretty Beach), Playa Tortugas (Turtle Beach), Gaviota Azul (Blue seagull Beach), and many more, most of which are geared towards exciting and active experiences. However, you can also find various secluded and remote beaches as well.
4. Enjoy some Golfing
Golfing has become quite popular in Cancun in recent years and this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been there. The beautiful scenery, warm sun, and fun social setting all make it an excellent destination to spend some quality time in the outdoors. Some of the most beautiful golf courses in Cancun include the Hilton Cancun Golf Course, Pok-ta-pok Golf Course Rivera Cancun, El Camaleon, Playa Paradiso, and many more.
5. Explore the Interactive Aquarium
For anyone who wants to see and experience the amazing undersea wildlife Cancun has to offers, but doesn’t really want to venture out to sea, the Interactive Museum is exactly the place they need to visit. This unique attraction allows you to touch sea urchins, swim with the dolphins and feed the sharks in a completely safe but thrilling atmosphere. This great tourist attraction is very popular with both young and old visitors interested in the sea life and people looking for exciting experiences.
6. Visit the Wet ‘n wild waterpark
The Wet ‘n Wild Waterpark is a great place for your entire place to take refuge from the wild and crowded beaches, scorching sun and urban areas of Cancun. Kids especially enjoy the chance to play in a number of water settings. Moreover, the waterpark is particularly unique because it offers both adults and children a great opportunity to interact with friendly dolphins. This is a very unique way of having fun in this exciting vacation hotspot and definitely a must see attraction for anyone visiting Cancun with their entire family.
7. Hit the nightspots, dance clubs and bars
Cancun is a well-known hotspot for socializing and partying hard. This vacation hotspot is set up to cater for anyone, both old and young, who is interested in going out and having a great time. There are numerous great places throughout the city where you can go out and enjoy various beverages and exciting social gatherings. Some of the best places to visit include clubs, dance spot sand bars such as Party Rockers, Mandala, Cuncrawl and many more.
Although most of these hotspots are located within resorts, you can also find numerous exciting spots in the developed downtown area. Some of the popular spots you can go to are located along the beach and water areas and they are often thronged with party goers even during the daytime. Club hopping and partying is not only entertaining and fun in Cancun; it’s also quite easy to do mainly due to the large number of high quality dance clubs, bars and nightspots in this unique tourist destination.
8. Explore the inland areas
Although Cancun is quite popular for the incredible nightlife, fabulous beaches, vibrant downtown area, incredible water, luxurious resorts, and great opportunities for both eating out and shopping, there is much more to do. The surrounding inland areas offer a large number of unique opportunities for active people to have fun including visiting the surrounding indigenous communities and visiting protected natural areas.
Going on a back country tour is a great way to explore the undeveloped inland areas in Cancun. Back country tours are usually done on four-wheel drive multi-passenger vehicles or four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicles. Exploring the surrounding landscape is a unique opportunity to see a side of Cancun that most visitors never get a chance to.
Once you go on a vacation in Cancun, it won’t take long for you to realize why so many people visit this popular tourist destination keep coming back. For people who want to experience a breathtaking vacation surrounded by beautiful natural scenery and attractions, Cancun provides exactly that. Cancun is a world class exotic paradise where you can have the time of your life.