What to Do in Cancun When It Rains

Storm in Paradise
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Most of Cancun's attractions involve the sea and sunshine, but if you'll be traveling to Cancun during rainy season (roughly June through November), it's likely the forecast will show some some rain for your trip. Don't be overly worried: unless there's a hurricane or tropical storm, it will probably only rain for a short time and you'll be able to get back to having fun in the sun in no time. But for those days that it's rainy and you don't know what to do with yourself, here are some activities that you can enjoy in Cancun rain or shine.

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    Cancun Maya Museum
    ••• The Maya Museum in Cancun. © Suzanne Barbezat

    Right in the center of the Cancun hotel zone, you'll find a modern museum that's perfect for learning all about the Maya civilization that developed in this area. The museum houses Mayan artifacts that were discovered throughout the state of Quintana Roo along with interactive exhibits. With corridors of preserved pieces and a wealth of information, a museum visit is the perfect pastime on a rainy day. If the sky clears for a bit, you can go outside and see the San Miguelito archaeological site, a small Maya site located on the museum grounds.

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    Explore Underground

    Rio Secreto underground rivers and cave
    ••• Río Secreto. Courtesy Río Secreto

    Stormy weather is no deterrent to exploring underground. You can learn about the Yucatan Peninsula's geology and ancient history by visiting the caves and underground rivers at Río Secreto. This is a one-of-a-kind, guided cave tour where you'll walk, wade and swim along paths that wind through rocky natural formations and breathtaking underground caverns. This natural reserve is located just south of Cancun, near Playa del Carmen.

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    Get a Spa Treatment

    If you can't bask in the sunshine, you'll have to find another way to relax. Luckily, Cancun has many excellent spas where you can be pampered in a completely soothing environment. Some of the spas even offer treatments that are based on traditional Mayan therapies. You can do a temazcal, get a chocolate body scrub, ​a massage or a facial, whatever treatment appeals to you the most.

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    Go Shopping

    Luxury Avenue mall.
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    If you're looking to pick out some souvenirs or a gift or two for friends back home, you won't be disappointed by the options for shopping in Cancún. There are a few upscale malls such as Luxury Avenue with high end boutiques that carry well-known designer brand names like Burberry, Cartier, Coach, and Fendi. But if you're looking for something a little more authentically Mexican, head to downtown Cancun's traditional market where you can haggle over some souvenirs or have a snack while you wait for the grey skies to clear.

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    Take a Cooking Class

    Ritz Carlton Cancun Culinary Center
    ••• Ritz Carlton Cancun Culinary Center. Courtesy Ritz Carlton Cancun

    Instead of being bummed out about the rain, you could take advantage of the time to learn how to prepare some of your favorite Mexican dishes. Cooking skills always come in handy, and besides learning, you'll also have fun and get to sample some delicious cuisine. There are a few options for cooking classes in Cancun: you can book a cooking class at the Ritz Carlton's Culinary Center or hook up with Chef Claudia at Can Cook in Cancun.

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    Sample Some Tequila

    Tequila and Limes
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    Tequila is possibly Mexico's most famous export, and the word is getting out that it's not just for doing shots and getting drunk fast. To get a real appreciation for fine tequila, it's a good idea to sample some different ones and learn about how it's made. The La Destileria restaurant in the Cancun hotel zone has over 100 different varieties of tequila, and a tequila expert who will explain the fine differences to you, as well as inculcating the most important point: a fine tequila is meant to be sipped. And we can't think of a better way to spend a rainy day than sipping fine tequila.

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    Hit the Casino

    Dubai Palace Casino in Cancun
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    So maybe you're unlucky with the weather, but perhaps Lady Luck is waiting for you at one of Cancun's casinos. The Grand Oasis Cancun opened the destination's first resort casino in April 2017; at the Red Casino you can try your hand at games of black jack, roulette and poker, or test your luck on a variety of slot machines. If there's a big game you don't want to miss, you can catch it on one of the large screen TVs. There are also a few local casinos, including the Dubai Palace Casino, and Casino Palace, both located in downtown Cancun, or the Playboy casino in the hotel zone. If you go, be sure to take Mexican pesos and an I.D. card, decide in advance how much you'll spend, and reserve enough cash for a taxi back to your hotel.