When you think of Mexico, you might think of sombreros, cantinas, and of course incredible food. But there are so many more things to see and do in Mexico than you realize. Cancun is located on the Yucatan Peninsula and is chock full of awesome things to do on your next trip. Here are some of the reasons why you should finish this blog and go buy plane tickets right now.
World Class Scuba Diving
Cancun and nearby Cozumel are world renowned for their scuba diving and snorkeling. Cozumel is a small island about 12 miles off the mainland. A current passes between the island and the mainland keeping it clear of sediment providing some of the clearest water with visibility up to 200 feet. In addition to the great visibility, water temperatures are usually in the 80s year round making your dive an amazing experience.
Cozumel has abundant sea life and reefs which are home to thousands of exotic fish. You can see anything from barracuda, eels, stingrays, and lobster. Plus dozens of other varieties.
Thousands of people flock to the Cancun area every year because it has some of the best luxury resorts in the world. Many of which do an excellent job of incorporating the natural landscape and jungle. Plus many have access to their own private beaches to give you easy access to the water. If you love soaking up the sun on the beach or near your own pool, then this is the vacation you need.
This area is also home to some gorgeous golf courses, so make sure to start your day early on the greens. (Just watch out for alligators….)
Bucket List Worthy Adventures
One of the biggest reasons people come to this part of Mexico is for the adrenaline rush you get from the outdoor activities. Near Playa del Carmen you can ride seven zip lines with a total distance of 2.4 miles.
If heights aren’t your thing, you can visit Rio Secreto and take a tour where you will walk, boat, and swim through underground caves and explore the geological wonders of Mexico.
If that still doesn’t do it for you, take a buggy tour through the jungle and see the landscape how the Mayans saw it hundreds of years ago. The stunning landscape is something you will never forget.
This is probably the most obvious reason to go to Cancun, but in case you live under a rock, there are amazing beaches. Plus, the year-round temperature is generally in the 80’s with warm water and sunny weather. Even during the rainy season, you can still get plenty of sun. If you want a warm vacation to chase the winter blues away then this is a place you need to visit.
If you are familiar with the Yucatan region of Mexico, you know that it is home to some of the most incredible structures from the ancient world. You will feel like you are traveling back in time as you walk among pyramids and temples that are over 1000 years old. One of the main sites, Chichen Itza is a Unesco World Heritage site covered with pyramids, and other ruins, including a large Mayan sporting arena.
The main step pyramid “El Castillo” has stone carved serpents coming down its side, and the sun during the spring and fall equinoxes creates a shadow that looks like a feathered serpent that may represent a Mayan deity.
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In addition to these ruins, the park is surrounded by dense jungle and beautiful cenotes, or sinkholes, deep in the earth filled with bright green water. The most famous on site is called the “Sacred Cenote” or “Well of Sacrifice”. Mayans would sacrifice objects as well as humans into the well to the rain god Chaak. In the early 1900s, archaeologists recovered gold, jade, pottery, and human remains from the well.
Should You Book a Flight to Cancun?
If you enjoy sunny weather, ocean breezes, crystal clear ocean water, outdoor adventure, delicious food, thrills, swimming, golf, or relaxing then yes!