If you’re looking for a vacation in a summer paradise, there’s an incredible destination right around the corner. Cancun is just a stone’s throw away for most US citizens, and it’s one of the most captivating areas of the Caribbean. Located on the Yucatan peninsula, this Mexican City is a site to explore on its own – but it also hosts dozens of attractions for you to enjoy if you’re more of an adventuring type.
You could spend days just touring the streets of this marvelous historic town, or just taking in the sun on one of its golden beaches. But with so much to explore all around, why limit yourself?
We’ve come up with a list of some of the most exciting short cruises and adventures for you to check out from Cancun. Don’t treat this list as the be-all and end-all, though. Cancun is a thriving tourist town with dozens of attractions for every type of traveler.
Isla Mujeres Day Cruises
The tropical island of Isla Mujeres is one of the most popular destinations for tourists visiting Cancun. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city by hopping on a boat and stretching your legs on a secluded island with tons of new and interesting sights to see.
The spirit of the Caribbean is alive here, with white sandy beaches and turquoise waters serving as the ideal backdrop for all sorts of activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving, and more. Feel free to kick back at one of the local bars and enjoy the beauty of the nature surrounding you.
Whale Shark Tours
Did you know that the whale shark is the biggest species of fish in the world? Not only that, but despite its name, it’s also completely harmless to humans. While it’s gigantic, gaping mouth might look quite unsettling, these giants are completely docile and don’t even have teeth! They only feed on plankton and smaller fish that swim into their maws.
With that in mind, isn’t the prospect of getting all up close and personal pretty exciting? With tons of Cancun whale shark tours available out there, you can enjoy these majestic beasts in all their glory, Just make sure you go there between March and September – they migrate elsewhere in the colder seasons.
The Cancun Underwater Museum
If visiting an art museum sounds boring to you, this particular attraction might just change your mind. One of the largest art installations of its kind, the Cancun Underwater Museum is, as the name suggests, completely submerged.
With over 500 sculptures designed by British artist Jason DeCairse Taylor, this are exhibit is not only stunning to look at as you sail over it, but it’s also an incredible conservation effort, as every sculpture is covered in coral, helping expand the reef with a variety of different ecosystems. It’s definitely a sight you won’t see anywhere else.
If you just want to have fun at the sea for a day, there are plenty of Catamaran tours on offer that will allow you to just enjoy the breeze and forget about all your daily hardships – which is exactly what a good vacation should do. Reach new destinations, go snorkeling or scuba diving or, if you’re feeling frisky, take part in one of the boob cruises on offer and see for yourself just how enjoyable a catamaran trip can be.
Get as far away as you can from the busy city by going on a trip to the nearby jungle. Hop into a speedboat and travel down the river to marvel at the breathtaking sights that extend in front of you. With many exotic plants and animals for you to watch, you’ll soon feel relaxed, though with the tinge of excitement that comes with exploring new territories.
Xel Ha Tours
Located near the Mayan ruins of Tulum, Xel-Ha is a park that can best be described as a natural aquarium. Though there is an entry fee for going into the park, you’ll see quite soon that seeing this place is worth every penny. Watch dolphins swim in their natural habitat and observe all the underwater wildlife to get a feel of just how much life there is in this little corner of the world.
Another one of the many amazing parks located near Cancun, Xcaret will allow you to get in touch with nature like no other place before. Book a trip for a day and get to enjoy the company of sea turtles, large cats, dolphins, and many more. If you’re feeling like doing something more active in the water, there are always scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities here. Since this place might as well be a paradise, it’s good to enjoy it in a way that’s most pleasant to you.
Come Out and Play!
Cancun is famous for parties, spring break, and the perfect bachelor/bachelorette getaways. But a few people realize that there are amazing adventures to be had just a day trip away. If you’re with a larger group and would like some “me time”, or if you’re sick of the slow and lazy (although comfortable!) resort life, come out for an adventure on one of Cancun’s amazing short cruises!