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12 Very Best Things To Do In Cancun (And Nearby) – Hand Luggage Only

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Nestled on the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is one of Mexico’s most popular places to visit. With its stunning beaches, fun bars and ancient Mayan sites; there is something for every type of traveller that visits Cancun. This all being said, with so much choice comes lots of decisions. There are heaps of the best things to do in Cancun and the surrounding areas that I’m certain you’ll love. 

Over the years, we’ve explored the area around Cancun many times. It’s an area of Mexico that’s stunning for a relaxing holiday. Though, if you’re anything like me, you’ll love a few days exploring the wider area of Cancun. This is especially true when you have stunning islands like Isla Holbox and Tulum not too far away. 

So, to help you get the most out of your time, I’m sharing the top places in Cancun that we loved. Have an amazing time visiting Cancun. 

1.) Chichén Itzá

The ruined Mayan site of Chichén Itzá is one place you really shouldn’t miss when visiting Cancun. Now, it’s around a 2-hour drive from Cancun itself but it’s easily one of the top places to see Mayan ruins in all of Mexico. 

Occupying an area of 4 square miles, it’s located in the South-central Yucatan peninsula that’s best seen via a tour. Now, to get the most out of your time, book this Chichén Itzá tour that’ll pick you up from your hotel in Cancun. 

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Not only do they organise all the transfers, but you’ll also get to El Castillo, wider Chichén Itzá, swimming in a cenote and stopping in nearby Valladolid. It’s the best day trip from Cancun and takes all the stress out of organising everything yourself. 

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Just be sure to book this Chichén Itzá tour in advance. Tickets do sell out at peak times. 

Once here, you’ll get to explore so much of the Mayan history that makes this area so special. The Great Pyramid, the vast columns within the Temple of a Thousand Warriors and the Grand Ballcourt. It’s so impressive to see. 

2.) Isla Holbox

Nestled on the coastline, west of Cancun, visiting Isla Holbox is one of the best things to do in Cancun while exploring the coastline. 

Now, you will need to arrive at the coastal port of Chiquilá, where you join the Holbox Express boat over to Isla Holbox.

The island itself is stunning and cars aren’t allowed on any part of Isla Holbox. This makes it so lovely to stroll around or hire an electric golf buggy…

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