The star attraction in Cancun’s Hotel Zone is undoubtedly its long sandy stretch of beach. But if you can tear yourself away from its sparkling blues, you’ll find many things to explore.

Beaches in Cancun’s Hotel Zone

If you want to experience a different stretch of beach, try Playa Marlin or Playa Chac-Mool.

Torre Escenica Xcaret

Get above it all in the Scenic Tower at Xcaret, which gives you a 360° at 262 feet tall, so you can admire the surrounding beach, rivers, and lagoons. From there, you can see the changing myriad of blues in the Caribbean, contrasted against the green jungle. Look out for the island of Cozumel on the horizon. You need to get admission to the Xcaret park, which will give you plenty more attractions to fill up a whole day, including swimming in the natural ‘cenotes’ and water holes.

El Rey Ruins

Although not the most spectacular ruins, EL Rey is conveniently located in Cancun’s hotel zone and can be seen in a short time. Visitors mostly come to hang among the hundreds of iguanas that crawl over the former Mayan town. Open 8am­–5pm for a small fee (around 50 pesos/USD 3).

Pot-Ta-Pok Golf Club

This is one of the popular golf courses in Cancun, and designed by architect Robert Trent Jones II. A golf cart is typically included in green fees, with discounted fees offered after 2pm.

Take a Temazcal

You’ve probably never exited a steam room feeling reborn, but this is what the Mayan Temazcal is all about. The Temzacal ceremony is a pre-Hispanic ritual to purify the spirit and body. You enter a rounded, low building, which represents the maternal womb. The four elements unite in herbal vapors as a shaman guides you to let go of everything you don’t need. At the end of the temazcal, you complete the cleansing ritual by immersing in water.

Many hotels will have their own temazcal, but you can also find one at Xcaret, and Temazcal Cancun has a nice hacienda and massage for extra relaxation.

Laguna Nichupte.

Between the hotel zone and Cancun city you can have a different experience: the Laguna de Nichupte. It’s a small oasis in the middle of the touristic development where you can encounter mangroves, crocodiles, white turtles, iguanas, frogs and more. Many people explore it by tour, but other options are available, such as paddleboard or flyboard.

Out of your comfort zone

Get active and daring with some of Mexico’s most unique experiences.

  • Swim with whale sharks
  • Sky dive or balloon over Chitchen Itza pyramids