Cancun and spring break have traditionally gone hand-in-hand.That's understandable. It's the top tourist destination in Mexico. Visitors flock there for spectacular beaches, unique beauty, beautiful turquoise waters and a vibrant cultural heritage.
Located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Cancun's tourism product extends beyond the city limits. It's marketing reach includes the destinations of Puerto Morelos and the islands of the Mexican Caribbean, consisting of Isla Mujeres, Holbox and Contoy.
Each year, the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) highlights the unique aspects of the destination designed to entice the spring break crowd. Not that too much convincing is necessary. The bright blue Caribbean always looks especially appealing after a harsh winter.
If you're thinking of making Cancun your next spring destination, here are a few suggestions from the CVB.
To begin with, it's important to figure out which visitor category you fall into.
If you're looking for a little culture along with your relaxation, consider these options:
- Visit and climb Coba, the tallest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan with Alltournative.
- Explore Tulum, the only seaside Mayan archeological site.
- Take an excursion to Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world.
- Visit the Cancun Maya Museum.
- Enjoy the fun of Xoximilco Cancun, a replica of the Xochimilco neighborhood in Mexico City, featuring trajinera canal rides, local food, drink and live music from every region of Mexico.
For those interested in vacation-as-thrillride:
- Pick your favorite Lamborghini or Ferrari and speed away at Exotic Rides.
- Zip line over the turquoise waters of Isla Mujeres in Garrafon Park. It's a tropical setting where you can snorkel, swim, kayak, go to the Punta Sur Cliff (the highest elevation in the Yucatan Peninsula), swim with dolphins, zip line and do a bicycle tour of the island.
- Swim with sailfish, the fastest fish in the world, in Cancun’s waters until June.
- Bungee jump into the Caribbean with Adventure Bay.
- Ride the waters of Cancun with JetSurf Mexico.
- Take a trip north to Isla Blanca and learn to kite board.
Foodies will enjoy these tasty attractions:
- Try the tasting menu at Le Chique at Azul Sensatori, one of Cancun's AAA Five Diamond establishments.
- Check out the underground wine cellar at Xcaret for a taste of some of Mexico’s best wines.
- Sample regional Yucatecan cuisine - a mix of Spanish, Mexican and indigenous cuisine - at La Habichuela.
- Visit Puerto Morelos, a local fishing village south of Cancun, for some of the freshest seafood and for a photo at their famous tilted lighthouse.
If you're a nature lover:
- Snorkel in the underground rivers of the Yucatan with Rio Secreto.
- Explore cenotes with Xenotes Oasis Maya.
- Swim with Whale Sharks: This once in a lifetime opportunity is available in the Summer from Mid-May to Mid-September when a huge gathering of whale sharks come off the coast of Cancun. Using operators like Solo Buceo, families can swim with these gentle creatures for an unforgettable experience.
- Explore the beauty and charm of Isla Mujeres - a 30 minute ferry ride from mainland Cancun.
- Explore Isla Holbox, part of the Yum-Balam Biosphere Reserve and home to hundreds of bird species.
- Visit Crococun Zoo, the ecological crocodile farm dedicated to the breeding of crocodiles. You can learn about these mysterious creatures in this unique park where Cancun’s wildlife is the main attraction.
- Visit Xenses Park, the $20 million attraction from the owners of the popular Xcaret Park. Xenses offers a unique sensorial, olfactory, auditory and tactile experiences for its visitors through the combination of various natural elements and visual effects.
- Xcaret is an eco-archeological park where you can zipline, dive in cenotes, tour the Mayan jungle and explore acres of lagoons, tropical jungle trails and underground rivers.
Cancun’s wax museum is located in the Isla Shopping Village in the Cancun Hotel Zone. It is also the city’s first ever wax museum has 23 rooms displaying more than 100 characters from movies to sports and music figures
For any adventurous family or anyone with a love for water and art, Cancun’s Underwater Museum (MUSA) is a must-see. MUSA is the biggest underwater museum in the world. It features hundreds of statues that double as a reef that's become a home for fish and other underwater life. Snorkeling and/or diving is required to see the sculptures.