Last Summer we took a trip to Cancun right before the school year started. It was a bit of a gamble because we went right when their rainy season started, so there weren’t any guarantees that it wouldn’t rain the week we planned to be there.
My family didn’t care.
We were determined to have a good time rain or shine, and what do you know? We got lucky.
It was the middle of August and the weather turned out perfect. It wasn’t too humid and it wasn’t too hot. It was just right. We were there 6 days 5 nights, and the only time that rained was the last day of our trip, which worked out well with our plans as we had planned to chill and do nothing that day.
Here are a few tips:
- First of all, it is highly recommended that you book everything in advance. It’s cheaper and you’ll save yourself a headache trying to figure out what to do. You won’t want to choose from the activities with openings that match your schedule because chances are you won’t be crazy about them.
- Book a private shuttle to pick you up and take you back to and from the airport to your hotel. It’s the safest and fastest way, especially when traveling with kids. It may seem more expensive but it is totally worth it.
- When you arrive at the airport, ignore anyone wearing a light blue shirt. Unless you’re willing to sacrifice your precious vacation time in exchange for cheap tickets to a show, then by all means. Else, you may return home owning a timeshare you’d regret signing up for later.
Now that that’s out of the way…
5 things to do in Cancun this Summer
1. Isla Mujeres
You can either visit for the day or book a hotel at the Isla, but I’d recommend that you take the ferry and visit for the day. Isla Mujeres is # 1 on my list because while many tourists make it to the island, I think the good majority stay in Cancun opting to miss out on this jewel.
Isla Mujeres is small (think Catalina Island here in California). You can rent a golf cart for $35 on the ferry or once you arrive you can just walk to one of the rental places and rent a car. Renting a golf cart isn’t required but if you’d like to take a drive around the island and see what’s there, $35 for the day is rather cheap.
There are a few resorts on the island, but if you’re looking for a 5 star, then you’re looking in the wrong place. Then again, if you’d like to swim with the dolphins or do any kind of water sports, there’s a nice and pricey place at the island but you need to make reservations ahead of time because it gets booked quickly. Regardless, it’s a stunning piece of land. The views are magnificent.
Regardless, Isla Mujeres is a stunning piece of land. The views are magnificent. What I found most interesting is that every house on the island has a name. As you drive around you’ll see houses with names such as Casa de Musica, Villa de Margarita, Casa del Gato and so on. This is a must see when in Cancun.
This is the perfect place for anyone who enjoys the thrill of extreme sports. I don’t but I didn’t know that’s what this place was until it was too late. I don’t regret it, but never again will I go zip lining or canoeing or swimming inside a cave with freezing water or driving amphibious vehicles.
You can visit Xplor during the day or if you’re feeling far more adventurous you can do their Xplor Fuego at night. The water in the cave is freezing during the day, I can only imagine how it is at night.
One thing you should know is their tickets are cheaper online. It costs about $10-20 more if you buy them at the window. This is an all-inclusive park and at first, I thought the food would be cheap and tasteless. Was I wrong?
For the entrance fee, you get bottomless drinks (no alcohol), and lunch is buffet style but you get everything you could possibly want. I mean EVERYTHING. But honestly, by the time my family and I made it to lunch, we were too tired to eat. At least I was. I still hadn’t gotten over having to ride all 7 zip lines to get back down to the ground.
3. Interactive Aquarium Cancun
This is right across from The Westin Lagunamar at The Isla shopping center. At the Interactive Aquarium you can walk around and learn about the species, but you for a fee you can swim and play with dolphins.
I felt horrible about paying to play with dolphins but it was the highlight of the trip for the kids. They didn’t enjoy the kissing part much, but they couldn’t stop talking about swimming with the dolphins and feeding them.
4. Chichen Itza
This is about an hour or more away from Cancun. You’ll have to take a taxi or depending on how you get your tickets, if you go as part of a tour, the tour bus can pick you up at your hotel. This is a day trip and all there is to it is ruins. According to Chichenitza.com, this is one of the most visited sites in Mexico.
5. La Isla Shopping Village
La Isla Shopping Village is one of the newest shopping centers in Cancun. It is right in the heart of the hotel zone or zona hotelera. We stayed at The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort, so this was a walk away. Pretty convenient if you ask me. There are stores for all budgets, including restaurants ranging from gourmet food to authentic Mexican tacos. Of course, we had to try the tacos with freshly made tortillas. Nothing beats that, let me tell you. You do have to pay attention to the signs because crocodiles will come out of the laguna, so don’t sit too close to the water.
Overall, this trip was worth every penny for a family of four. There are many more places to visit in Cancun and we plan to check those out next time we go.
Have you been to Cancun? What did you like most about it?