If you travel to the Mexican Caribbean this guide serves you to know the most important Cancun tourist places, and you can also go on your own. Surprise yourself with the wide range of possibilities in Cancun.

We have lived for more than 10 years in Cancun and have been able to take advantage to get out and know the destination in depth. We show you the Cancun tourist places that you can enjoy during your stay. We will be delighted that you enjoy the place as much as we do.

skyline zona hotelera Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.


Cancun leisure is a destination that you do not finish it, there is a wide variety of activities and proposals. The beaches and the sea is the great reason to come to Cancun, a destination that has been growing and offering in these years according to the tourist demand. In addition to water activities, golf courses, parties, excursions in the area and many more, there are some places tourist you can visit on your own which are of general interest.

We are going to divide them by zones to make it easier for you. You will see that it is easy to move in the zona hotelera from Cancun, in one day you will take the trick.

Don't miss anything from la zona hotelera from Cancun


Most visitors try to be close to the beach, in what we know as the zona hotelera. We are going to take a walk first in this area to discover the secrets.

The viewpoint of Cancún

It is the most searched place for take a photo in front of the Caribbean Sea, where are the colored letters of Cancun, next to the viewpoint of Playa Delfines. If you go in the afternoon you will not have the sun on your face, it is better. Lines are made to take the picture. It is completely free, although some will tell you otherwise to get money. We leave you the complete information of the Mirador and Dolphins Beach

Cancun tourist places. Cancun photospot.

El Rey archaeological site

To the side of the viewpoint of the letters of Cancún, at km 18 of the zona hoteleraIs The King, a beautiful archaeological zone. HOURS AND PRICE: Open every day from 8 to 4 in the afternoon and you can arrive by public transport (R-1 and R-2 are the buses that circulate through the zona hotelera). Admission costs 55 pesos, on Sundays it is free for Mexicans and permanent residents.

Mayan archaeological zone El Rey, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

The beaches of Cancun

Without a doubt the great tourist attraction are the beaches of Cancun, which you can enjoy even if you're not staying in a hotel facing the sea zona hotelera. We write a complete article about the beaches of Cancun It will be great for you to choose which one you are going. There are several public accesses to the beaches that we describe in the article that we link to you, it is very important to choose the beach well according to the waves.

Las Perlas Beach, Cancun. Zona Hotelera.

Mayan Museum of Cancun yzSan Miguelito archaeological site

El Mayan Museum of Cancun It is a very complete museum about the Mayan world with fixed and other itinerant exhibitions. If you like history and culture, I recommend it very much because you will see beautiful pieces that we do not see in archaeological places. It is a magnificent opportunity.

HOURS AND PRICE: It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 19 p.m. Thursday from 7 a.m. to 22 p.m. 70 mxn The ticket is used to visit the museum and the ruins of San Miguelito. The Sundays the entrance of INAH is free for Mexicans and permanent residents.

Mayan Museum cancun

Scenic tower zona hotelera from Cancun

The scenic tower is 80 meters high, the perfect viewpoint to contemplate the zona hotelera from Cancun. It is located in Beautiful beach, in the 4,5 kilometer of the zona hotelera. Once up, the tower turns slowly to give you a panoramic view during 10 minutes.

HOURS AND PRICE: open every day from 9 a.m. to 21 p.m. The price is USD 15 for adults and USD 7 for children over 4 years old. ATTENTION, if you have visited one of the parks of the Xcaret Group, either Xcaret, keep your bracelet because access is free if you wear it. Another advice is that buy the tickets to the Xcaret parks directly on their website, you can do it with or without transportation. You will see that it is very easy to book, have offers and discounts for Mexicans. You can do it through the following link.

Cancun viewpoint.
Photo of the official website of the Grupo experiences Xcaret

Activities in the Nichupté lagoon

First I like to warn you of something serious: the lagoon is the natural habitat of crocodiles, so do not bathe. It is full of posters warning the danger of bathing, you can have a dislike. In the Nichupté lagoon several activities are carried out, from paddle SUP, boat rides or kayaking (in case you are worried there have never been any incidents with crocodiles in this regard, they attack bathers near the banks).

There are several recreational nautical centers along the lagoon that offer their activities. If you are interested you can watch the fun tour in speedboat and snorquel on the Nizuc reef, a great way to visit and know the area. Another different opportunity is practice wakeboarding as you see in the image. In short, there is a lot to do, so then I'll leave you the excursion catalog.

Wake boarding on Nichupte Lagoon, Caribbean Mexican, Cancun, Mexico.

The Great Wheel in Plaza la Isla

The Ferris wheel measures 60 meters high and have 42 cabins, it is another magnificent opportunity in Cancun to watch from above. I have not been there, so I can not talk to you personally. It is typical to walk around the commercial center of La Isla, where there are shops, restaurants and the Aquarium of Cancun, and among the attractions of the place has added this Great Wheel.

The ride on the Wheel lasts between 20 and 25 minutes, and there are VIP cabins, with capacity for 4 and 5 people with glass floors. HOURS AND PRICE: open every day from 2pm to 11pm. 19 USD and 99 pesos with a Quintana Roo credential. You can Buy your ticket directly here for the Big Wheel and you will not line up

Big Wheel cancun
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There are many more places that I will name, but these seem to me of greater relevance for the tourist. Of Zona Hotelera until Downtown Cancun You can take a taxi (you get from the 100 pesos to the 300, according to the section of the zona hotelera you're. Taxi drivers must take the official fare in the taxi, they show it without problem. You also have the R-1, R-2 and R-27 buses that take you to the center.

The park of the Palapas

It is the popular plaza of downtown Cancun, located between Yaxchilán Avenue and Tulum Avenue. It is an area where there is always the occasional activity, handicraft shops, dining rooms for you to taste the local food and good atmosphere.

You also find several restaurants in this area and I recommend you go along Nader Avenue, where the most casual and lively Cancun with restaurants and good clubs is emerging. How to go? Take the R-1 bus from the zona hoteleraIt leaves you very close.

Plaza de las Palapas, Cancun, Mexico.

Mercado 28

Is ideal place for those who want to buy gifts. A large square that occupies what was an old market in Cancun, where you find everything you want at good prices. Be prepared to haggle in some stores, others have fixed prices. There are good restaurants where you can try local food, I recommend the restaurant El Cejas, fish and seafood. How to go? Take the R-2 bus from the zona hotelera, it leaves you in the 28 market.

They make an excursion to downtown Cancun shopping where they accompany you if it's your pleasure I link it to you.

28 Cancun Market


Leaving the urban area of ​​Cancun, there are some tourist places that are worth visiting. You can arrive on your own too, as you see there is a lot to choose from.

White Island

Isla Blanca is located north of Cancun, a beautiful sand tongue between the Caribbean Sea and the lagoon and mangrove area. It is one of my favorite places in Cancun, where we have gone for a walk countless times. You find restaurants and hammock rental where cars arrive. An immense extension of virgin paradise awaits you here.

Surely in a few years we will not be able to say the same, because the depredation of the human being advances and is being built more and more. How to go? From Cancun (the Cruise terminal), combis leave that take you, not many, so read the full information of White Island.

Isla Blanca's aerial view, Cancun, Caribbean, Mexico

 El Meco archaeological site

Road to Isla Blanca is this beautiful and small archaeological zone El Meco. A very nice place to walk and sit and watch, little people go, so it's a good getaway for those who like quiet places. We live only 2 kilometers from the track, so I used to go many Sundays early in the morning, I love this place.

HOURS AND PRICE: Open every day from 8 to 5 in the afternoon. Admission costs 55 pesos, on Sundays it is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. How to go? In the combis that go to Puerto Juárez and leave from Crucero in Cancún. Up to Crucero you can go from the zona hotelera in the R-1.

El Meco Archaeological Zone, Cancun, Mexico.

Isla Mujeres

Of the most desired island paradises, Isla Mujeres It is located in front of Cancun, just 8 kilometers. You can go by ferry from the zona hotelera. Isla Mujeres falls in love, its North beach is one of the most beautiful in the Mexican Caribbean.

There is the possibility of going in catamaran tour to Isla Mujeres, something that I recommend because they are activities that we do not normally do and vacations are a window of opportunities to do different things like sailing on a catamaran. You can book the tour from the link I gave you, remember that they allow you to cancel for free until 24 hours before.

Caribbean Sea in Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

 Cenotes from Cancun

We made an article where we talked about the Cenotes closest to Cancun, so you can choose a la carte. I would not miss a little escape to a cenote, either for free or on tour, but I recommend you enjoy these natural spaces, they are peace for the heart

Cenote Chooj Ja, X-Can, Yucatan, Mexico.


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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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