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Things to do in Cancun

Lots of adventure awaits when you visit Cancun and its surrounding areas! Snorkeling, jungle tours, diving in the Cenotes, beautiful beaches, resorts plus world class restaurants, nightclubs and shopping and more!

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In 2009 a monumental underwater contemporary museum of art called MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) was formed in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc. The Museum aims to demonstrate the interaction between art and environmental science and form part of a complex reef structure for marine life to colonize and inhabit whilst increasing biomass on a grand scale. All of the sculptures are fixed to the seabed and made from specialized materials used to promote coral life. Visitors can see the museum via glass bottom boat plus snorkeling an scuba diving tours. The Museum has received worldwide acclaim.

Annual events

El festival de la cerveza

Held every April, this event offers a great opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of beers ranging from dark, clear, Mexican, German, different aromas, flavors and ranges. Always accompanied by excellent music and an unforgettable view of the turquoise sea of ​​Puerto Morelos.

Mayan Madness in Tulum

Held in the spring, more than 5,000 music lovers attend this festival organized by Telehit in the Riviera Maya, with world-class DJ`s. Mayan Madness seeks to support local, musical, artistic, gastronomic and artisan talent, with a crafts market, a variety of high quality food, artistic performances and a very complete platform to catapult the success of emerging talent.

Festival Vida y Muerte Xcaret

The multi-day Vida y Muerte, the festival of Xcaret promises big fun for attendees. Xcaret Park honors this great event, declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, by celebrating the Festival of Life and Death Traditions every year on October 30th and 31st and on November 1st and 2nd. During this festivity you will be able to experience the Hanal Pixan ritual (food for the souls), regional cuisine, workshops, crafts, gifts and altars, visual arts, exhibitions, theater, dance and gala concerts. Visit Xcaret Park and enjoy this celebration of the Mayan World dedicated to the memory and coexistence with the deceased.

The February Carnival

Carnival is celebrated across Mexico and Cancun is no exception. A cheerful celebration, the people of the Island use the occasion to create many “comparsas” (groups of people, vehicles and dances with many themes). People of all ages participate, dressing in special costumes ”rumberos”•or Aztec and Maya Indians. Cancun and the entire Maya Riveriera have special events to coincide with the annual festival with local hotels, restaurants and shops participating.

Landmarks

Museo maya de Cancún

This is the most important museum that has been developed by the National Institute of Anthropology and History since the construction of the National Museum of Anthropology (1964) and the Museo del Templo Mayor (1987). It shelters one of the most significant archaeological collections of the Mayan
culture of the country, therefore not only the most important pieces of the State of Quintana Roo, but a selection of emblematic pieces from the sites of Palenque, Chichén Itzá, and Comalcalco, among others.

Neighborhood/city tours

Equinox at the Temple of Kukulkan

During each spring and fall equinox in Chichén Itzá, the great pyramid of Kukulcán visually represents day and night as the sun, serpent-like, slithers down its staircase and reveals the pattern play of time upon its ancient ruins. In celebration of Mayan achievements in astronomy and the culture’s fixation on time and its passing, people gather at the pyramid twice a year out of respect and admiration for the dew-drenched Mayan pyramid in all its history and glory.

Holbox Island

Located to the northwest of Cancun, Mexico, Holbox Island is a small, quiet island which gives sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and creatures. Very few outsiders visit his island!

Outdoor

Scuba diving and snorkeling

Ocean enthusiasts will not want to miss out on the many opportunities to dive in the area. Expect to find stunning coral reefs, abundant sea life and shipwrecks. Not yet ready to take the plunge? Try a glass bottom boat instead!

Cenotes (Cave Diving)

More experienced divers may want to try diving in the underwater caves and caverns in the Yucatan Peninsula. Expect to see stunning formations of stalagmites and stalactites.

Tiburón Ballena (whale shark)

From May 15 to September 15, more than 1,400 whale sharks are expected to be present between the island of Contoy and Holbox, where the largest fish in the world comes every year, in the Yum Balam reserve, located in the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas in Quintana Roo. Several local operators offer boat and snorkeling tours to swim with these gentle giants.

Dine on traditional Mexican Food at Top Cancun Restaurants

La Habichuela-Centro

Located in downtown La Habichuela, has become a legend of Cancun. With 38 years of operation, it is said that: “If you do not know La Habichuela you do not know Cancun”. The genuine atmosphere of the Mayan culture, the attention to detail and the menu of seafood dishes with its own recipes and Caribbean style is complemented by favorites of Mexican cuisine, plus American and international favorites. Recently La Habichuela was awarded the Five Diamonds Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and is proud to be part of DiRoNA since 2001.

Address: Calle Margaritas 25, Centro, 77500 Cancún

Porfirio´s Cancun

Porfirio’s menu is made up of traditional Mexican dishes that are transformed and reinvented with innovative techniques and bold flavors. In Porfirio’s kitchen, there is only room for the best quality ingredients—just what the most demanding palates expect.

Address: Blvd. Kukulcan 14.2 No. 1, ZonaHotelera, 77500 , Cancún

Puerto Madero

The most exclusive restaurant in Cancun for the last 13 years! Pierto Madero offers the best of Argentinean cuisine, rated “five forks”, for the quality of the food, its impeccable service and enviable location. The menu offers the highest quality meats, Maine lobster, fish and shellfish all prepared meticulously on its unparalleled “charcoal grill” with the “gusto” that characterizes Buenos Aires, Argentina. The venue offers deck-side dining alongside the lagoon for spectacular views during the day and beautiful sunsets.

Address: Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 14.1 Zona Hotelera Municipio Benito Juarez 77500, Cancun

Lorenzillo´s the Live Lobster House & Seafood

Lorenzillo´s features a separate bar, an air-conditioned main dining room, open kitchen, an impressive walk-in wine cellar made out of the finest local woods and a private dining table that sits 10 guests. The separate open-air area lets you dine under the magical Caribbean sky featuring a VIPs palapa, panoramic lagoon views and personalized service.

Address: Boulevard Kukulcán 10.5, 77500 Cancun

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