Tulum near Cancun

Climate & Location
Cancun, Mexico is likely one of the most popular cities in Mexico. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun borders the crystal Caribbean Sea, in an area known as the Riviera Maya. Cancun boasts a wealth of things to see and do, from powder soft beaches, to luxury resorts and fine dining, ancient Mayan culture to lush tropical rainforests. Whether you love a Caribbean beach vacation, an ecological adventure or an ancient exploration, Cancun has something for everyone.

The tropical climate in Cancun averages 80° F, warmer in May through September. Being part of the Caribbean, hurricanes may be an issue during the busier hurricane months of September to October.

Rio Secreto in Cancun

Nature
Cancun is home to a spectacular stretch of white sand beaches and lagoons spanning the clear blue Caribbean. Within a few miles are numerous ecological parks and wildlife nature reserves. The most popular park is Xcaret, home to amazing tropical flora and fauna. Escape for a day to explore this archeological park, witness flamingoes, macaws, jaguars, crocodiles and more in their natural environment. Play on the underground rivers, tropical jungle trail or swim with dolphins at Xcaret.

Mexico’s largest unadulterated ecosystem is the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Part land and part coral reef, this preserve provides refuge to many endangered species.

Check out Nichupte Lagoon, a collective of eight lagoons. Try a Jet Ski tour of the nearby jungles or a snorkel in one of the protected lagoons to discover the amazing sea life.

Cancun Golf Course

Activities
Cancun’s location on the Yucatan peninsula provides endless engaging activities in the area. Cancun is home to the Great Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest in the world. Residence to over 500 species of coral and fish, these shallow reefs provide a great place to snorkel or scuba dive. Cave diving is also popular in Cancun. Here you’ll find many caverns to explore. If you don’t dive, be sure to take a glass bottom boat tour to discover all the mysteries of the reefs.

For a unique fishing expedition, check out one of Cancun’s many fly-fishing opportunities to catch and release tarpon, bonefish, barracuda or red snapper.

No visit would be complete to the Caribbean without a chance to swim with the dolphins and Cancun is no exception. Check out one of the many dolphin aquariums or for something more thrilling, swim with whale sharks. While quite large, up to 40 feet, whale sharks are peaceful, harmless creatures.

Golf courses in Cancun and the Riviera Maya are no exception to the surrounding beauty. Adorned with prize winning designs, tropical flowers, and some even near the Mayan temples, the golf courses here are challenging and distinguished.

Chichen Itza near Cancun

Historical sites
Many archaeological sites are minutes from Cancun, but the most stunning require an average two-hour trip from the hotel region. The Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, the Pyramid of Kukulcan and Tulum are well worth the trip for a once in a lifetime look at the three centuries old Mayan culture. The impressive Mayan village of Chichen Itza was recently named as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Chichen Itza features the Temple of Kukulcan, Temple of the Warriors, and the Great Ball Court, the largest in any ancient Mayan civilization. The walled city of Tulum highlights yet another Mayan village and fort. Situated on the east coast of the Yucatan, the Tulum village used the sea cliffs to one side, and walls around the rest of the city to defend invaders. Both regions are a stunning and fascinating look at the Mayans, one of the world’s oldest and most sophisticated civilizations.

Ballet Folkloricos in Cancun

Nightlife & Dining
Cancun has no shortage of fun, authentic and original dining and nightlife. Mexican cuisine here is different from what you might find outside of Cancun. Mixing European and Mexican flavors, many Yucatan dishes are not too spicy, appealing to every palate. Located on the Caribbean, a wealth of seafood restaurants here feature lobster as the signature dish.

The nightclubs in Cancun pull out all the stops in entertainment. Find laser light shows, acrobats, special live performers while dancing the night away to rock, salsa, jazz and techno to name a few. Many hotels feature the Ballet Folkloricos nightly. Consisting of traditional dance and music, these productions offer a colorful look at Mexican life and are anything but a traditional ballet.

For more provincial Mexican style, head into the Town of Cancun. You’ll find traditional Mexican local flavors and goods here.

Where to stay
When planning a trip to Cancun, stay at Secrets The Vine Cancun, an adults-only all-inclusive luxury resort. If you’d like to visit Cancun, call 1-866-365-8747 for more information on setting up your own Mexican vacation.