Cancun is well known as a party destination. But that doesn't mean that those who prefer the natural world to Girls Gone Wild need to feel left out. More than a depository for beer bottles, Cancun offers visitors many activities that celebrate the outdoors, embrace ancient culture and offer chances to explore the unusual.
Cenotes are flooded, limestone caverns that can be found underneath large areas of the Yucatan Peninsula. Sometimes appearing in the form of a small lake, a gaping cave mouth with turquoise waters or a small, murky hole in the ground, cenotes make for an interesting alternative to the standard ocean swim or snorkel. For the brave, these caves are a fascinating place to scuba dive. Scuba divers are drawn to cenotes not for the meager marine life, but rather for the often trunk sized stalactites and stalagmites. Cenote water temperature hovers at a refreshing 77 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Closest to Cancun, Casa cenote is less than 100 yards to the ocean with a restaurant perched on the strip of land in between.
Casa Cenote Restaurant
Carratera Cancun -- Tulum Interior Fraccionamento Tankah
Caribe Lote 32 Manzana 3
Quintana Roo, Mexico
011 (+52) 361 993-2462
El Rey Ruins
Explore Mayan ruins right in the middle of the Cancun hotel zone. El Rey means "The King" and takes its name from a sculptured head of a nobleman found during excavations. Right off Kukulcan Boulevard in front of the Playa Delfines, visitors can wander through families of iguana's while inspecting this small fishing village thought to have been inhabited from the 10th to the 16th century. The remains of a temple, plazas, columns, platforms and buildings can be easily seen in under an hour and are an ideal trip for those who don't have the time to visit larger sites located far outside the city.
Ruinas El Rey
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 17
Cancun 77500, Mexico
Get over it by parasailing high over Cancun. There is no need to lie in the sand and defend against a sunburn when for a few extra dollars you can still defend against a sunburn and have the best view in town. Parasailing involves being attached to a parachute while being towed behind a boat. Aquaworld Cancun Parasailing offers regular flights for one to three people. Customers have the choice of being flown along the coastline or above a nearby lagoon. Instruction, life jackets and refreshments are included.
Aquaworld Cancun Parasailing
011 (+52) 998 848-8327
Article Written By Mike Biscoe
Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of
Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.