1. Visit an underwater art museum
Located on the Caribbean’s shallow seabed around Cancun, the Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA) is one of the world’s largest underwater art museums. Snorkel, scuba dive or hop aboard a glass-bottom boat to view underwater galleries displaying more than 500 otherworldly life-sized statues and sculptures.
2. See street art
Stroll Cancun’s streets to see an array of colourful new murals transforming walls and building exteriors in the Hotel Zone and downtown into an open-air street art museum. The work of international volunteer artists, the murals portray local culture and issues important to Cancun, such as ocean conservation.
3. Explore Mayan ruins in the Hotel Zone
You don’t need to venture far to explore ruins of the ancient Maya civilization. Right in the heart of the Hotel Zone, you’ll find Yamil Lu’um and El Rey, with the latter containing 47 excavated buildings, including a pyramid temple. Nearby, the Maya Museum of Cancun houses the San Miguelito archaeological site.
4. Go to Cancun’s first resort casino
Try your luck at the Red Casino at Grand Oasis Cancun, the city’s first resort casino. Here, you can watch the big game, take in a live performance or dance the night away. The resort’s Oasis Arena hosts concerts and sporting events.
5. Imbibe in a growing craft beer scene
Cerveza-lovers will delight in Cancun’s growing craft beer scene. Tres Cervezas at Hyatt Ziva Cancun is the world’s only microbrewery in an all-inclusive; stop by to try one of the three different brews on tap. Mexico’s artisanal beer takes centre stage at Cancun’s Soy Cerveza festival, an annual event (held every July) that showcases local craft beer.
6. Release sea turtle hatchlings into the sea
Hundreds of female hawksbill and loggerhead turtles return to their Cancun beach birthplaces to lay eggs at night during sea turtle nesting season, May to November. Most hotels run programs to protect the eggs, later giving excited guests the chance to release the hatchlings into the sea.
Mexico’s Magic Towns
There are 111 pueblos mágicos in Mexico, each one designated as such for its enchanting beauty, architecture and centuries-old culture. Here are five magic towns—Sayulita, Todos Santos, Tulum, Isla Mujeres and San Sebastián del Oeste—that are easily accessible from major cities and resorts.
Five Things to Do in Riviera Maya and Cancun
Steeped in Mayan culture and surrounded by crystal-clear Caribbean waters, stunning lagoons and a vast jungle landscape, the area around Cancun and the Riviera Maya is begging to be explored. Go swimming in the sacred Gran Cenote, search for turtles in Akumal Bay, visit the pyramid of Chichén Itzá and eat at highly acclaimed, Mayan-inspired Hartwood Tulum.