Bucket List: Top 10 Best Things to Do in Cancun, Mexico

Cancun Bucket List: 10 Best Places to Visit in Cancun, Mexico

Known across the world for its stunningly beautiful turquoise blue beaches and fine white sands, Cancun is one of Mexico’s prized tourist destinations. Other than its beaches and festive nightlife, there are many best things to do in Cancun, Mexico, from visiting the World Heritage Sites to various water activities.

To make the most out of your travel, here are the 10 best things to do in Cancun, Mexico.

Ruins of Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

One of the major tourist attractions in Cancun is the Ruins of Chichen Itza. The ancient Mayan site and one of the mythical great cities of Mesoamerican were crowned as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Arguably the site has one of the most famous pyramids in Mexico, showcasing great architectural styles from the Mayan civilization.

Xcaret Park

Xcaret Park photo via Pixabay

Situated in the Riviera Maya, Xcaret Park is a modernistic ecological theme park and resort offering tons of fun activities to visitors. The park consists of natural attractions such as a river streaming to a Mayan Village, coral reef aquarium, aviary, and butterfly pavilion.

They also showcase different performances, and Xcaret Mexico Spectacular is the biggest and longest show in the parking, lasting up to two hours.

La Isla Shopping Village

La Isla Shopping Village Cancun

A great place to do some shopping and dining is the La Isla Shopping Village outdoor shopping complex.

The place is one of the famous tourist areas with local and luxurious stores, aquarium, dolphin shows, boat rentals, and a great place to enjoy a Mexican meal by the marina where you can enjoy the picturesque sky of Cancun.


Cenotes Cancun Mexico

For a breathtaking nature experience, visit the natural attraction Cenotes, where you can swim and scuba dive. Cenotes are sinkholes consisting of fresh groundwater that resulted from collapsing limestone bedrocks.

This natural pit was once used by the ancient Mayans as their source of water. Cancun’s best cenotes are situated near Chichen Itza and Tulum.

Cancun Hotel Zone

Cancun Hotel Zone photo via Pixabay

If you are looking for a place to stay with a great view or enjoy the nightlife, then head to Cancun’s Hotel Zone. The area is similar to Las Vegas Strip, where high-end resorts and fancy restaurants lined up by the bay.

You can also stroll around the area to shop for international brands or enjoy the night at bars and salsa clubs.

Museo Maya De Cancun

Museo Maya De Cancun photo via FB Page

A must-visit museum with in-depth insights into Mayan history and civilization is the Museo Maya De Cancun.

Situated near Cancun Hotel Zone, the museum is small yet filled with a lot of the greatest Yucatán collections of Mayan archeological artifacts and includes the archeological site ruins of San Miguelito.

Musa Underwater Museum

Musa Underwater Museum photo by Rick Goulding via FB Page

Cancun is known as one of the best scuba diving areas for the diversity of marine life in its waters. Whether you are a pro scuba diver or just starting, one of the best things to do in Cancun is to visit Musa Underwater Museum to level up your scuba diving experience.

Musa has around 500 sculptures underwater in the galleries of Manchones, Punta Nizuc, and Punta Sam.

Jungle Tour

Bird Watching in Cancun photo via Pixabay

For more water adventures, I booked a Jungle Tour Adventure in Cancun and drove off a speed boat to visit snorkeling areas filled with coral reefs, diverse species of marine life, and underwater statues.

The tour consists of tour guides who will guide tourists to snorkeling areas and photos and videos during the tour that can be purchased after the tour.

Downtown Cancun

Downtown Cancun Shopping Area

Before you leave Cancun, make sure to visit Downtown Cancun for a more local experience. The area is a flea market consisting of over 600 stalls and restaurants, selling local goods from blankets to rare handicrafts that are perfect souvenirs.

The market is also the perfect place to try local cuisine such as the parillada yucateca.


Xoximilco Tour in Cancun

To experience Mexican culture the traditional way, experience the festive Xoximilco. The theme park showcases Mexican culture, traditions, and customs through dance, music, food, games on colorful Mexican Gondolas at the Mayan Jungle.

For party seekers, Xoximilco is a great activity to do whether you are with friends and family.


  • (2020), Cancun Tours & Attractions, Mexico Dave
  • Hryhoriw, (2021), 21 Best Things To Do in Cancun, Mexico, Goat on The Road

Cancun Travel and Tour Packages

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, tour packages, and affordable flights in Cancun and nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Cancun hotels and resorts via Agoda and Booking.

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