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How to Get Off the Beaten Path in Cancun

How to Get Off the Beaten Path in Cancun

Cancun may still conjure images of late-night parties, but there’s much more to the Mexican beach destination than spring break and frozen margaritas. Here’s how to get off-the-beaten path in Cancun.

Valladolid

Located two hours west of Cancun, the town of Valladolid boasts historic architecture and a colonial center that’s dominated by San Servacio church. Plus, just a few blocks from the main square, you’ll find the Zaci cenote, perfect for a refreshing dip.

Isla Contoy

In addition to its white-sand beaches and palm trees, Isla Contoy is home to sea turtles and more than 150 migrating and resident bird species, including frigates, brown pelicans, and double-crested cormorants. There’s a cap on the number of visitors allowed on the island per day, so arrange a tour from Cancun ahead of time and be sure to bring biodegradable sunscreen.

El Rey Ruins

As the most popular Mayan site near Cancun, Chichen Itza is also the most crowded. To avoid the crowds, head to El Rey instead; the archaeological site is home to a small temple and ceremonial platforms. Plus, it’s conveniently located in Cancun’s Hotel Zone.

Garrafon Natural Reef Park

Located 25 minutes away by boat, the family-friendly Garrafon Natural Reef Park offers snorkeling in a coral reef, kayaking, and ziplining. Alternatively, relax in a hammock with a fruity cocktail. 

Holbox Island

Some travelers consider Isla Holbox to be Cancun’s best-kept secret, thanks to its lack of cars and paved roads. The quiet spot, located northwest of Cancun, boasts pink flamingos, pelicans, manta rays, and whale sharks, which make it a prime destination for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Mayan Museum of Cancun

In addition to visiting local archaeological sites, delve deeper into ancient Mayan civilization at this museum in Cancun’s Hotel Zone. Inside, permanent and temporary exhibits explore Mayan culture within Quintana Roo, as well as its reach through the rest of Mexico and Central America. Plus, there’s the archaeological site of San Miguelito on the museum’s grounds.

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Go Cancun All-Inclusive Pass

Go Cancun All-Inclusive Pass

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With a Go Cancun All Inclusive Pass you’ll save up to 57% on admission to more than 35 attractions and experiences. A digital guidebook is included along with your attraction pass so you’ll save time researching activities and places to see. Select a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, or 7-day pass. valid over a period of 2-weeks, and do as much as you like - the more you see, the more you save. Opt for a 3 or more days pass for your additional choice of 1 Premium activity including all-inclusive admission to Xel-Há, Xcaret at night admission, a dolphin or manatee encounter with lunch and transfer included, and more. Immediately after purchase, your Go Cancun Pass can be saved on your mobile device and used directly as your admission ticket.  Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit.
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  • 7 days
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Isla Contoy Day Trip: Snorkeling at Ixlache Reef and Eco-Paradise Tour

Isla Contoy Day Trip: Snorkeling at Ixlache Reef and Eco-Paradise Tour

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Travel to Isla Contoy and Ixlache Reef aboard a comfortable boat on this full-day trip from Cancun. Snorkel on the reef amongst tropical fish, vibrant coral and sea turtles. Stop at Isla Contoy, a wildlife refuge and national park that protects 150 species of birds and several types of sea turtles. Take a tour of the island with a certified guide, then visit a nesting site and lounge on the pristine island's beach. Enjoy breakfast and an open bar aboard the boat, as well as a lunch buffet on the island.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen

Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres Tour with Snorkeling from Cancun or Playa del Carmen

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Leave Cancun crowds behind for an all-day adventure tour to Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres aboard a high-speed catamaran. Discover an untouched paradise island that’s home to sandy white beaches, palm trees and an extraordinary population of migratory birds. Spend the day snorkeling along Isla Contoy’s thriving coral reef, where you’ll find bright tropical fish, swaying fans and sea stars, then go to shore at picturesque Isla Mujeres before returning to Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Chichen Itza, Cenote, Valladolid Private Tour from Cancun

Chichen Itza, Cenote, Valladolid Private Tour from Cancun

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Explore the magnificent ruins of Chichen Itza with a private guide on an all-inclusive tour from Cancun. You’ll have time for lunch and sightseeing in the lovely colonial city of Valladolid, and take a refreshing dip in a cenote. Travel to Chichen Itza in the morning for a guided tour of one of Mexico’s most famous Mayan archeological landmarks. Continue to Valladolid for a delicious buffet lunch and time to visit the cenote. Then take in the historic buildings and churches of Valladolid before returning to Cancun.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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