Built with tourists in mind, Cancun is one destination that is tailored to the needs of holiday makers. Thanks to its combination of quality resorts, exciting nightlife, beautiful scenery, and tropical weather it is no wonder that the Mexican city ranks amongst the top tourist destinations in the world.
The Cancun Underwater Museum
This unique art gallery is truly unlike any other. Purpose built to turn the ocean floor into an artistic exhibit, the Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA) contains nearly 500 sculptures specifically made to co-exist with the marine life that surround them. The result is an otherworldly fusion of mother nature and artistic expression that need to be seen to be believed. You can enjoy the wonders of Musa either by glass-bottomed boat, or by taking a Scuba dive.
Believed by the Mayans to be portals to the underworld, the famous cenotes of the Yucatan peninsula remain as beguiling for visitors today as they did back then. Taking the form of vast opal colored natural swimming pools these huge caves are an incredible and unforgettable place for a dip. Some of the finest examples are found only a short drive from Cancun, and there are lots of tour operators that can take you to them. The combination of the limestone rock, turquoise waters and verdant greenery above, makes for a unique environment you won’t experience anywhere else.
The charming Caribbean island of Cozumel is just a short boat trip from Cancun and is one of the finest places in Mexico to go snorkeling. With warm and clear waters, it is easy to see the beauty of the islands marine life for yourself. Above sea level you’ll discover a relaxed island culture that combines the best of Mexico and the Caribbean as well as some beautifully quiet beaches to dry off on.
The Isle of Women
Isla Mujeres, also known as the Isle of Women is another beautiful island of the Yucatan coast. Even closer to Cancun than Cozumel, Isla Mujeres is in sight of the high rise hotels of Zona Hotelera and offers a much more laidback experience. A hotbed of Mayan ruins, the island was named for the many monuments to the Mayan goddess Ixchel that adorned the island when first discovered by European explorers.
Mexico’s Caribbean coast is well known for its natural beauty, but perhaps the most picturesque stretch of it is found at Tulum. Near enough to Cancun to visit on a day trip, and a destination in its own right, Tulum is one of the most popular parts of the Yucatan Peninsula. Thanks to its turquoise waters, white sands and picturesque Mayan ruins, it is also one of the most photographed. With plenty of first-class tourist amenities like restaurants, resorts, and shops a trip to Tulum should be on any itinerary.