What to do in Cancun, Mexico (Part 2)

What to do in Cancun, Mexico (Part 2)

If you want to know What to do in Cancun, let me share with you the best tips so you can make it your own way. In the first post, I shared the best activities, archaeological sites, natural parks and the Best of Cancun Beach. Now. I’m going to tell you Where to stay, Where to eat, the Best Nightlife and other places to visit near the Cancun area.

“Life is so much better by the beach”

Beautiful places near Cancun and What to do

Isla Mujeres

Visiting this beautiful island in the Caribbean Sea is a must when you visit Cancun. Isla Mujeres is located in front of Cancun, so it is very easy to make a one-day visit to this beautiful Caribbean island.

The piers are located in the hotel zone, they have many schedules and the Ferry ride is fabulous. I prefer to travel in the upper part of the ferry since you can enjoy the best view and the sea breeze. To explore Isla Mujeres, I recommend renting a golf cart because they make it easy to wander the island.

North Beach is the perfect place to relax, enjoy the beautiful beach, good food and enjoy water activities. While in South Point, you will find a Sculptural Park; with the most beautiful views of the Caribbean and a spectacular cliff. If you want, you can also visit Garrafon Natural Reef Park, where you can enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, zip line and more.  I promise you it will be a great experience.

Isla Mujeres Island and Magic Town in Mexico
South Cliff at Isla Mujeres.

Playa del Carmen

This site so famous at the Riviera Maya, it’s located just one hour from Cancun. It’s a place that you must visit at least for a day, although I recommend you to dedicate at least a couple of days. Playa del Carmen was a very quiet town just a few years ago, but now it is a beautiful place to explore if you’re looking for more.

The iconic place in Playa del Carmen Beach is 5th Avenue, where you can find the best restaurants, galleries, shops, nightlife, hotels and everything in a pedestrian street.

It is very easy to visit since the ADO bus will leave you exactly on 5th Avenue. Of course, Playa del Carmen is much more than just a street, there are many places where you can rent a bike if you want to explore more of this beautiful destination in a very simple way.

Playa del Carmen at the Riviera Maya, Mexico
Colorful Playa del Carmen.

Cozumel Island

Cozumel Island is located in front of Playa del Carmen and you need to take a Ferry Boat to get there. The ferry terminal is located very close to the ADO bus terminal, just a few minutes walking. Cozumel is a paradise if you want to relax, explore wonderful beaches and it’s the best place to get your Open Water Certification.

You can also visit Chankanaab, a beautiful Natural Park where you can snorkel or dive and contemplate the sub-aquatic sculptures of the Christ and the Virgin.

Sunny beach at Cozumel Island, Mexico
Cozumel Island Beach

Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos Town is a small paradise located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. If you are looking for a beautiful beach in the Caribbean, where you can relax, much less touristic and nice vibe, Puerto Morelos is an excellent option. Getting to the town is also very simple, ADO buses or public transport vans are the cheapest options.
You only need to take a taxi to the beach, since the transport does not reach there. But it will not be expensive because the distance is very short.

The most relaxing beach at the Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos relaxing beach.

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Where to stay in Cancun

The best area to stay is in the Hotel Zone at Kukulkan Boulevard; which is divided on one side by the Caribbean Sea and on the other the Nichupte Lagoon. Another area that you can consider is Downtown in the city, at a much lower price, but not near the beaches.

All-Inclusive Resorts

This type of hotels are the most common there and at the Riviera Maya, they include food in a different type of restaurants, beverages, activities and everything you need to relax and have fun if you don’t want to leave the hotel.

The Best Resorts in Cancun, Mexico
Park Royal Beach Resort

Luxury Resorts

If you are looking for luxury, high standard service, a wide range of gastronomic delights on a relaxing getaway this is the best option. The price will be higher, but I’m sure it will be a wonderful experience.

Budget Hotels, Airbnb and House Rentals

There is a large number of accommodations of this type. Some of these options are located on the side of the Nichupte lagoon in the hotel zone. If you are looking to explore places or towns near, take tours, other beaches or taste different restaurants, in my opinion, this is the perfect option.

It is not worth spending much more if what you are looking for are the activities outside the hotel. And you will have the freedom to choose the location and the price that suits you best.

Wonderful hotels and resorts in Cancun.
The best surprise at the resort


Most of the hostels in Cancun are located in the downtown area, but others have an excellent location in the hotel zone. Keep in mind that if you stay in the downtown area it will be more difficult to enjoy the beaches, the entertainment places or the nightlife in the hotel zone. But you can take the public transport and it will be very useful, also I recommend you to avoid taxis, as they are quite expensive.

Beautiful All Inclusive resort at Cancun, Mexico
Dreams Sands Cancun Resort

My Hotel Recommendations in Cancun

Before living in Cancun, I had the opportunity to stay at some resorts during my vacations. And these are an excellent option in my opinion.

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

I’m sure you know this is a wonderful and fun hotel. All-Inclusive Resort, a great location and one of my favorite hotels in Cancun.

Le Blanc Spa Resort

A luxurious All-Inclusive resort for Adults-only, where you can enjoy absolute relaxation.  A SPA day, great food and the best for an unforgettable vacation.

Animals free inside the resorts in Mexico

Dreams Sands Cancun Resort and Spa

A beautiful All-Inclusive family resort with specialty restaurants, Spa, teens and kids activities and beautiful rooms. It is located near the nightlife area.

Grand Oasis Cancun

This is also an All-Inclusive family resort but a little different since it has a Casino inside the hotel, a special area for adults-only next to the beach with private pools and music. It also has specialty restaurants, cafes, bars and much more.

The best All Inclusive Resorts in Cancun Beach, Mexico
Grand Oasis Cancun Resort

Grand Sens Cancun

If you’re looking for a Luxury All-Inclusive Adults Only Resort, Grand Sens is a great option. You’ll find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, night club, gym and of course a beautiful beach.

Hotel Grand Sens Cancun, Mexico
Hotel Grand Sens Cancun.

Nightlife in Cancun and the Best Clubs

A very important aspect of this site is the nightlife and of course, it is not something everyone is looking for. But if you want to have fun at night, there are many options.

Of course, the highest season of Cancun’s nightlife is during Spring Break, but I assure you that every day of the week during any season you will find an excellent atmosphere.

Most of the nightclubs are located in the same area, so it is very easy to decide in the same place which one catches your attention the most. And also, must of the clubs sell open bar bracelets that includes the entrance and drinks all night.

The best Night clubs and Bars at Cancun, Mexico
Night clubs area in Cancun.

Coco Bongo

Without a doubt, this is the most famous and spectacular bar on the beach. The acrobatic shows, choreography, the best music, and the atmosphere make Coco Bongo Nightclub an excellent option. And although the price tickets are expensive, the experience is unique.

Other great and fun places are:

La Vaquita, Mandala, Senor Frogs, The City, Hard Rock, and Palazzo.

The best beaches in Cancun, Mexico
Hard Rock Cafe Cancun

Where to Eat in Cancun

Food is one of the main attractions of a destination, I’m sure you will discover gastronomic wonders. The variety of restaurants is extraordinary so, do not miss the opportunity to try new dishes. You will find Mexican food, of course, but also International, Seafood, Vegan and much more.

Some of my favorites in the Hotel Zone are:

  • Lorenzillo’s  Seafood
  • Limoncello  Italian
  • Puerto Madero  Argentine
  • La Destileria  Mexican

As I said in the first part of the Post, a place where you can find a variety of food at different prices is La Isla Mall, located in the hotel zone. From Fast Food to beautiful restaurants with a wide variety of options for all tastes.

Mexican beer and Nichupte Lagoon Cancun, Mexico
Beer time at Nichupte Lagoon.

More options for food 

Whether you stay in a hotel with a kitchenette or in an apartment, you will have the freedom to cook if you want. For this reason, I recommend that if you want to buy products, food or even Tequila at local prices in the hotel zone, go to a Supermarket.

The first option is Chedraui Selecto, near Hard Rock Cafe, where you will find a wide variety of products, fruits, vegetables, and prepared food at great prices. The second option is Soriana located in the Kukulcan mall, it is a smaller option but it can also be very useful.

The best beach in Cancun at the Mexican Caribbean
Lovely Cancun Beach

What to do in Cancun, Mexico

Flea Market Coral Negro

It’s located at the Kukulkan Boulevard in the Hotel Zone, in front of Hard Rock Café and Coco Bongo.
This is a place that you can visit very easily because of its location, whether you are interested in something in particular or just want to spend a fun time watching Mexican handicrafts, jewelry, and some crazy things!

Ask the price, negotiate and if you want just say no, thank you! Because the sellers are very persistent. I think it’s fun, regardless if you buy or not.

Nichupte Lagoon view at Cancun beach mall.
Nichupte Lagoon from the Ferris Wheel.

Visit Mercado 28

This market is not only for tourists, local people do their shopping there, but it’s true that it has become an attraction for tourists. It’s cheaper than the shops at the Hotel Zone, but I recommend you to ask and negotiate the price first. At the market, you can find all kinds of crafts, jewelry, clothing and much more.

Although Mercado 28 is not located in the hotel zone, it is very easy to get there, by bus from the Hotel Zone or by taxi.

Scenic Tower 

A rotating tower to enjoy beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea.

Ferris Wheel Cancun

At the Ferris Wheel you can also have amazing views of the hotel zone and the ocean, it is located at La Isla Mall.

Ferris Wheel attraction Cancun, Mexico
Ferris Wheel Cancun

As I said in the previous post, this place has something special for each person and is much more than just great resorts and nightlife.

I hope this guide will be useful to know what to do in Cancun. If you have any questions I would love to help you, have you ever visited this wonderful place?

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