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Fun Things to do in Canc̼n

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Canc̼n, city and adjacent island resort area, Quintana Roo estado (state), southeastern Mexico. Ciudad Canc̼n (Canc̼n city) is located on the northeastern coast of the Yucatn Peninsula, facing the Caribbean Sea. It is essentially a service town for the L-shaped resort area of Isla Canc̼n (Canc̼n Island), which is 13 miles (21 km) long by 0.25 mile (400 metres) wide. The Canc̼n Island resort area (also called the Zona Hotelera [Hotel Zone]) is linked by a causeway to Canc̼n city. The island, with its skyscraper hotels and sprawling resorts, and the coastal area occupied by Canc̼n city have abundant white sand beaches, palm groves, and coral reefs. The warm, tropical climate has a short rainy season.

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Best time to go

The most popular time to visit Cancun is from December through April. The weather is generally clear and warm, but not too hot. Expect temps between 75 and 90 degrees, as well as little rain

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Fun city facts and activities

    Believe it or not, the best things to do in Canc̼n don't always involve partyingthe city can actually be rather chill if you give it a chance. Arrive outside of spring breaks party season and youll discover a different side to the resort mecca where a calmer, more varied escape awaits sun worshipers, culture seekers, and food enthusiasts. While the city is a gateway to Mayan ruins located in Tulum and Chich̩n-Itz, Canc̼n itself is home to heritage sites including an underwater museum, archaeological exhibits, and a varied culinary scene where age-old Yucatn flavors mingle with haute concept eateries. Add in a cultural tour, get active thanks to endless watersports activities, and explore the coastal scenery while youre here to make the most of your stay in Canc̼n.
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Neighborhoods to explore

    Zona Hotelera
    Downtown Cancun
    Puerto Juarez
    Playa Mujeres
    Isla Mujeres
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Food Specialties

    Arguably one of the best things to do in Canc̼n is sample and savor regional Yucatn flavors while taking in breathtaking Caribbean viewswe call that combo a no-brainer. The city's culinary influences range from local to global, which means there's an abundance of street tacos and fresh seafood that anchors a restaurant scene that also serves up fusion foods and haute pairing menus. From highbrow to lowkey, youll find a bite for every budget here. On your next visit to the city, be sure to stop in at one of the best restaurants in Canc̼n.
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Canc̼n Offbeat activities

Free or cheap things to do

1. Swim with whale sharks: Take a boat tour out to Isla Mujeres to swim with the whale sharks, the largest fish in the world.

2. Cenote diving: Explore the waters of the Yucatan underground with a guided tour of the cenotes, freshwater sinkholes filled with crystal clear water.

3. Visit the Mayan ruins: Take a trip back in time and explore the ruins of the once-mighty Mayan civilization, including Tulum and Chichen Itza.

4. Go fishing: From deep-sea fishing to fly-fishing for bonefish, Cancun offers a variety of fishing experiences for the serious angler.

5. Take a cooking class: Learn to prepare delicious Mexican dishes with a cooking class at one of Cancun's many restaurants or cooking schools.

6. Relax in a hammock: Spend the day lounging in a hammock at one

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Kid friendly

Fun things to do in with kids

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1. Captain Hook Dinner Cruise.
Due to the given privileges of glorious sunshine and impeccable beaches in this region, it is somewhat easier to keep the kids entertained during the daytime.
Cancun has become synonymous with relaxing on the beach or enjoying the fun activities included at your all-inclusive hotel. But what about when the sun goes down? What do your kids do then?

2. Day Pass to Another Hotel with More Activities.
If youre staying in Cancun for over a week mix things up a bit and make use of the amenities and activities at other hotels.
Did you know you can access a 5* luxury hotel and utilize all of their facilities and activities for just a fraction of the price?
Traveling with kids sometimes means that you have to compromise on luxury hotels for something a little more doable, especially in high season.

3. Ventura Park.
Ventura Park is made up of 6 entirely different worlds all on the same grounds.
The best part about this attraction is that it is within the hotel zone of Cancun, so if youre staying in the city you wont have to travel far to access it.
We all know what its like traveling with children no one wants to waste time on vacation being cooped up in a warm transfer van.

4. Isla Mujeres.
Plunge yourself into the true rhythm of the tropics by putting yourself on island time!
Vacations are all about escapism! Womens island is the ultimate chance to disconnect from the chaos and monotony of your everyday life and spend time with the people you truly love most.

5. Parque Las Palapas.
Get a taste of local life in Cancun by visiting the lovely Parque Las Palapas.
This public area boasts ample seating, a variety of different stalls offering up delicious and cheap snacks, plus live entertainment.
The best news of all? Its completely free to visit.
Recently renovated its the ideal spot for families to hang out together. Id recommend getting there in the afternoon and staying for the beautiful sunset.

6. El Rey Ruins + Museo Maya de Cancun.
Mexico is celebrated for its rich history and culture. While youre here it would be criminal of you not to immerse yourself in the countrys enchanting Mayan secrets.
You dont have to trek with your kids all the way to Chichen Itza or Tulum to get your slice of the action, for just a few dollars you can visit some of the greatest wonders of the world right here in Cancun. You dont even need to leave the hotel zone!

7. Plaza Las Americas.
When you plan to come to Mexico you plan for sun, sea, and sand. Am I right?
However, like everywhere in the world the weather is subject to change. If you are visiting during the rainy season which starts from June till October its possible that you may experience some rain.
Thats why it is always good to come with a plan B. Keeping kids entertained in the rain is no easy feat, believe me.
However, the modern Las Americas Mall in Cancun is large enough to keep the whole family entertained and allows the kids to burn off some energy.

8. Catamaran Tour.
While in Cancun set sail on a family-friendly catamaran.
This full-day tour will take you from Cancun across to Isla Mujeres.
Youll have fun aboard the catamaran listening to music and enjoying lunch, before exploring the charming island of Isla Mujeres.
Your expert sailors will take you to a beautiful spot where you can snorkel a portion of the worlds second-longest barrier reef: the Mesoamerican Reef.

9. Selvatica.
Selvatica is the ultimate outdoor adventure for you and the kids!
I should note that children have to be at least 8 years old to participate in this tour. It is suitable for older kids who like to keep active.
Selvatica offers a range of full-day and half-day tours that you can check out on our website, so depending on your schedule and budget you can choose the right one for you and your kids.
Selvatica is famed for its innovative range of different zip lines, state-of-the-art off-road Polaris ATVs, and a beautiful onsite cenote.

10. Hit the Beach!
One of the best beaches in the Cancun area is undoubtedly Playa Delfines which translates to Dolphin Beach.
Its the perfect place to enjoy the sun with your family, if youre really lucky you may even get the chance to spot these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

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City data and FAQ 

Is Cancun worth visiting?
From white sand beaches to clear blue water, Canc̼n, Mexico, looks like the perfect vacation destination. It's been rated as the "go-to spot for beaches, golfing, and nightlife," and Canc̼n is popular among foreign travelers, especially those coming from the US.

What is Cancun popular for?
Reasons to Visit Mexico's most Popular Tourist Destination. Cancun is know for white sand beaches, nightlife, water sports, Mayan ruins, nature, and some of the best all inclusive resorts in the world. These are just a few of the things that bring ten million tourists to Cancun, Mexico every year.

How many days in Cancun is enough?
Many people vary on the length of time, but a minimum of 3-5 days is a good start if you want to hit the most important stops in Canc̼n. If you want to experience all Canc̼n has to offer, tourists recommend 7-10 days.

Can you eat fruit in Cancun?
I eat raw fruits and vegetables everytime I travel to Mexico and have never had a problem the water is purified so you should be fine. Make sure you drink plenty of bottled water, wash hands frequently, don't over do it on anytype of food, and watch alchol intake and you should be fine. Enjoy!

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