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1. Posted by chrisavfc (Full Member 104 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

can anyone recommend good day trips or things i shouldn't miss out on, when i land in cancun in early august (there for 2weeks!!!) Cant Wait!!

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Chechen Itza is very nice - an old Mayan village about 3 hours inland from Cancun. It's also worth checking out Tulum, which isn't as big as Chechen Itza, but very senic because it is right on the coast.

Do a snorkeling trip to Cozumel or Isla Mujeres. I haven't been to Cozumel, but here's it's nice. Isla Mujeres is nice, quiet beaches and a good place for lunch.

Xacaret or Xel-Hu are possible to, but they are a little more "touristy" water park types.


3. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The two things I am doing in Cancun this October (although not cheap) will be swimming with the dolphins and horseback riding on the beach. I would do that if I were you...;)

4. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 302 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, i am going to stay on isal mujeres, the snorkelling is supposedly well good there!!
Deffo try that.


5. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Top day trips out from Cancun in my opinion:

1--Isla Mujeres. Lots of boats will take you there for about $20 per, but you can do it for about $6 each by going by bus or taxi to Puerto Juarez, then getting the high-speed ferry from there--there's also a low-speed ferry, but the price difference is about 50 cents.
Rent a golf-cart and tour the entire island. It's extremely windy on the north side, but very calm on the south side and west side. There's a turtle sanctuary about 2/3rd of the way down the south side that's a must-see.

2--Chichen Itza. You can either take a bus or drive it yourself--it's about 2 hours each way and it will take you 4 hours or so to visit the pyramids. Try to go on a non-humid day--or early in the day before it gets real hot. If you are really adventurous, travel on to Merida for a day--it's an old style Mexican city that really never changed. Wonderful if you want to see what most of Mexico is still like. If you are interested

3--South to Tulum, Xcaret or Asumal (there's pyramids, amusement parks, xenotes (indoor cave swimming pools), and wonderful hotels down this way.

4-South to Playa del Carmen--interesting town, good beach for sunning, though there are some large rocks in the water offshore, so be careful. Good party town, good for jewelry purchases, and just a short ways from Xcaret. Just south of this town is a port with a place where you can pay to play and ride the dolphins in the inland bay.

5--Scuba diving trips and ecological trips via waverunners are also fun--though get a guide that doesn't just take off on you. There are lots of underwater reefs here and you need to avoid getting too close or being washed up against them to prevent getting all cut up.

A Night trip to some good restaurants and fiestas downtown is also fun. La Habichula and a different restaurant on the street directly behind this restaurant (whose name I don't know) are both great fun.

And, of course, there are lots of restaurants and clubs right in the heart of the hotel district that are great--too many to name here.


6. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Forgot to mention Cozumel--you take the ferry from Playa del Carmen to get there.

Haven't been there yet myself--but I understand it's a snorkling paradise, since the 2nd largest reef in the world is off the east edge of the island (the largest reef is the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia).


7. Posted by taki (Full Member 132 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Somethings you can not miss are...

take a tour dont drive, it is going to be a lot of walking and climbing, you may not want to be tired and drive..
the best is Mayaland tour, dont try to get cheaper, they might not be as nice as this company is. (the firsts to have a serious tour there)

the only Maya site in the Mayan culture by the shore, the rest are in land. There is a combination Tulum-Xel Ha (a natural acquarium) run by the same people who operate Xcaret.

whether you like it or not, it is a good choice to have a try to what Mexico is, they have an evening show where they have a real "ball game" with all the paraphernalia of those times as well as beautiful dances from most of the states of Mexico.

Great places where you can dive, swim and spend the day
there are plenty around the peninsula, there is a visit to one and iti s included in the Chichen Itza tour.

A great place to party and spend the day, great places for dining, try Ula Gula, the Fly, Da Gaby, Kartabar, La Casa del Agua, for great dinners, just to name a few, and bars such as El Deseo, La Santanera, Blue Parrot, Mambo Cafe, for party after dinner.

most of the places you will find for jewelry, have branches around the rest of the places, like Cozumel, Cancun, The Riviera Maya and of course Playa del Carmen, check LAPIS, Ultrafemme.

A very very touristic place, but it is very quiet, great diving, excellent shopping, and nice and quiet places for beaches, sea food and sun tanning.

I hope you have a great time here in my country.

8. Posted by Javelina (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Have you gone yet? I have lots of ideas...

I got married at Aventura Spa Palace on the Mayan Riviera last NOvember 04. It was an absolutely wonderful experience! I have a huge album of pictures online; if you are interested, drop me a line at -snip-

Aventura is adults only. We went in November and it was a great experience. I've heard good things about El Dorado Royale as well. Another thing you might want to check out is message boards. There is a destination weddings board and the girls on there are really knowledgable! You can also try

Also, I've written a bunch of reviews:
Aventura Spa Palace:
Xpu-Ha Palace:
Tulum Mayan ruins:
Chichen-Itza Mayan ruins:
Playa del Carmen:
Casa Cenote:
Aktun Chen:
Chankanaab Park, Cozumel:

Good luck!


[ Edit: Sorry, no emails in the forum please. Try the message center. I'll leave the links as they seem genuine. ]

9. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

As per everyone's opinions above.

Definitley go to Isla Mujeres and XCaret.