Things to Do in Cancún + The Riviera Maya

Morgan & Owens

Between the international pier and Punta Langosta, this good-looking bar (with a crowd to match) sits right on the waterfront and is named for the... Read More

Get your fix of Mayan criollo chocolate—bitter and complex, with hints of fruit, smoke, and vanilla, a “food of the gods” that’s... Read More

This tiny beach town has earned fame as the perfect spot for snorkeling with sea turtles! Have lunch with an ocean view at Lol-Ha restaurant (calamari... Read More

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

Snap up beach reads, bestsellers, classics, tomes on Maya culture, and local guidebooks and maps—the largest selection of (mostly used) English... Read More

Bargoers here, a short taxi ride from Mexico’s Playa del Carmen, descend by candle-lined stairs into a subterranean lounge, trying to recall the... Read More

Divers shouldn’t miss an excursion to see the first phase of artist Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculptures series, a collection of... Read More

Divers touring this reef can expect to find everything from endangered turtles to barracudas and elusive sharks. Located near the island of Isla Mujeres... Read More

The heart of Cancun recently got a facelift: Downtown Cancun’s main street, Avenida Tulum, was upgraded to feature wide pedestrian paths on either side,... Read More

This is one of downtown’s most famous streets. Yaxchilan is a small avenue in the heart of town, lined with traditional Cancun restaurants and bars.... Read More

Whenever I go to Blue Gecko, I always see tourists of all ages having a great time, from college students to retirees. This bar is known for its awesome... Read More

The Blue Parrot dates to 1984, making the club one of Playa del Carmen’s elder statesmen. What started as a casual hotel and bar now includes the... Read More

Located at La Isla Shopping Village, this small aquarium lets you see some of the area’s most fascinating marine life up close. While parents browse the... Read More

While it may sound cheesy, I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve taken this entertaining tour on a number of occasions. Captain Hook is Cancun’s most... Read More

This popular chain restaurant offers tourists a way to experience the wild excitement of Party Center without going too crazy. Grab a late dinner at... Read More

Enter the underground rivers and caves of the Yucatan Peninsula through a cenote— a natural spring found only in this part of the world. Cenote Dos Ojos... Read More

Many cenotes—sinkholes in the subterranean rivers that riddle the Yucatán—are either limited to divers or overrun with crowds, but... Read More

One of the most powerful cities of the Mayan civilization is now a history-packed tourist attraction. Most people know Chichen Itza for its central El... Read More

By far the most famous Mayan ruins in Mexico, Chichen Itza is a popular day trip for travelers staying in Cancun. The main highlight is the famous El... Read More

Once the most powerful Mayan city-state in the northeastern Yucatán, this 26-square-mile site, crisscrossed by raised limestone roads called sacb... Read More

The Mayan city of Coba is situated around two lagoons in the heart of the jungle. This site features ancient temples that you can climb, strung together... Read More

Less than three hours from Cancun, the ancient Mayan city of Coba is built around two lagoons. Adventurous travelers fall in love with Coba for its... Read More

If you only choose one nightclub during your vacation, make sure it’s Coco Bongo. Cancun’s best and most famous nightclub is known for an over-the-top... Read More

Coco Bongo is the city’s most famous nightclub, so make this stop the final one on your list. A high cover price is worth its weight in pesos: guests... Read More

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