Cancun, MexicoSummer is officially here, and the heat outside can prove it! At least that’s the case in Texas, where the days are as hot as ever. Now that you are out of school, how about you take a trip to the beach? One of the best places I’ve ever been to is the one and only Cancun. Located in southeast Mexico on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is one of the most popular travel destinations in all of Mexico. It is set on the Caribbean Sea, north of the Riviera Maya, where the water is the clearest and bluest it can be.

Fun Fact: Cancun is one of the most popular wedding destinations with over 46,000 weddings annually. How amazing is that! Though you, as a student, might not yet quite be gearing up for your wedding, there are so many activities to do in and around Cancun that make the city worth visiting.

Here are a few things to do while visiting the beautiful city of Cancun this summer:

1.   Explore the Tulum Ruins

The Tulum Ruins, located in the Riviera Maya, are some of the most famous and visited Mayan temple ruins. There are three main structures worth checking out at Tulum: El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes, and the Temple of the Descending God. There is a 40-foot drop from the cliffs around the ruins—which is pretty frightening, if you ask me—but the temple has a 15-foot wall and is very well protected. Explore the ancient ruins and marvel in their beauty and historical mystery.

2.   Snorkel and scuba dive at Xcaret Park

Xcaret is by far my favorite tour that I have ever taken. It is an eco-friendly archaeological park where you can find many fun activities—options including snorkeling, Scuba, swimming with dolphins, and more—for all ages. Xcaret also has an underground river, aquarium, orchid garden, butterfly pavilion, bat cave, and a greenhouse where you can sit and enjoy the view. There are also various tours you can take to learn more about the Mayan culture and see where the Mayans held sacred ceremonies.

3.   Walk around Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, MexicoChichen Itza, visited by around 1.2 million tourists every year, is located just a few hours from Cancun. Since Chichen Itza has no airport nearby, tourists usually travel there by plane or cruise or take tours from Cancun or Cozumel. Built by the Mayans, Chichen Itza is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico.

4.   Visit the Cancun Underwater Museum

Yes, there is an actual underwater museum located in Cancun. Holding 500 sculptures made by famous Mexican artists, the Cancun Underwater Museum spreads these life size sculptures across the ocean, 20 feet below the water. Additionally, there are three galleries that depict the history and culture of Cancun. Thousands of scuba divers, snorkelers, and tourists riding on glass-bottomed boats marvel at the sculptures each year.

5.   Relax, have fun, and enjoy the sun

Cancun, MexicoGrab a chair, sip a drink, and soak up the sun. After all, that is what you’re in Cancun for: to relax and enjoy your summer. Cancun is known for its warm white sand beaches, crystal blue water, romantic nights, and fun nightlife.  Almost every resort is full of activities of all ages, particularly young people, to participate in, from games and sports to concerts and dance parties. Cancun’s incredible nightlife is highlighted by eight major clubs in town, including Senor Frog’s, Dady’O, and Coco Bongo.


What are you waiting for? Book your flight to Cancun before you have to return to school. Browse through the Cancun hotels and resorts to see what place best fits your taste. You won’t regret visiting a beautiful city and meeting new people.

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