Cancún + The Riviera Maya

Cancún + The Riviera Maya Travel Guide

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Cancun The Riviera Maya. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Cancun The Riviera Maya attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Cancun The Riviera Maya to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Cancun The Riviera Maya.

Here, you'll find two floors of well-priced T-shirts and Mexican vanilla, Mexican dolls and Xtabentum, a smooth-as-brandy Mayan liqueur that is flavored with anise and honey. If you need a break, grab a bite at the snack bar on the second level.

Cozumel's new "culture park" provides an intriguing window into the Mexican Republic.

You can actually swim with parrot fish and manta rays in lagoons. You can also hike tropical trails, picnic under a palapa, and sack out in a hammock.

Run by a group of Playa del Carmen adventurers dedicated to sustainable tourism, this company works with Mayan communities to preserve their heritage.

Tucked into faux townhouses overlooking Venetian-style canals and bridges, the 150 retailers at this gleaming new complex range from high-end chains like Bulgari to locally run kiosks, plus restaurants serving both international fare and Mexican standbys.

Four compact galleries chronicle the island's Mayan history, Spanish conquest, Caribbean pirates, and ecological diversity (with a focus on the coral ecosystem—the giant underwater mountain of Palanacar Reef lies just off Cozumel).

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The tour takes small groups on snorkeling trips to lesser-known underground rivers like the recently opened Kin-ha.

Equal parts disco, Vegas revue, and Cirque du Soleil, this coliseum-size dance club holds 3,000 revelers in vertiginous multilevel seating with an eerie resemblance to a Victorian theater. The festivities kick off at 10 p.m.

Jaguars, ocelots, and tapirs, as well as hundreds of species of birds and fish, roam these 1.3 million acres of coastal jungle, home to nearly every Yucatán ecosystem and studded with unexcavated ruins.

Mexico is famous for its silver, and the most celebrated craftsmanship still comes from the town of Taxco, near Mexico City. One of Taxco's most famous design houses, Los Castillos, creates the majority of the products for sale at this shop, from earrings to anklets and everything in between.