Cancun Travel Tips
Isla Enchanting: Isla Mujeres
This slice of paradise is just a coconut’s throw away from Cancun–it’s situated across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun and has its own beachy culture and a chill, laid-back vibe. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do everything you want: you can dive into water sports (at your own pace, of course). Explore the diversity of this dream spot that includes everything from artisans to chefs to fisherman. Shop and browse the day away. Or you can choose to do absolutely nothing except get some oh-so aahmazing beach therapy. If you want to take a break from the go-go world of Cancun, sail on over to Isla.
Five-Star Foodie Fun: Fantino at the Ritz-Carlton
Located in the Ritz-Carlton, this beautifully appointed five-star restaurant is famous for its fine Mexican cuisine. Not just another place to eat, Fantino serves "Iron Chef" style dishes that are expertly prepared and match the ultra-elegant atmosphere. Artistically prepared and rich in flavor, Fantino lives up to its reputation as one of the country’s best destinations for fine dining. Whether you are looking for an elegant night on the town, or celebrating a special occasion, let the top-notch staff at Fantino cater to your every food-related need. While the prices aren't the cheapest in town, they are quite affordable for such royal fanfare. Be aware, beach wear will not fly here, so check with the restaurant to make sure your attire is up to snuff.
Take the Plunge: Underwater Museum
You've come to Cancun for a reason. Whether that reason is to explore the Talk about making a splash, the Cancun Underwater Museum is the largest underwater museum on the planet. Not confined by velvet ropes and tempered glass, the Underwater Museum lets you snorkel or scuba your through over 400 sculptures that showcase how the Mayan people may have evolved through the course of their empire – in depths ranging from nine to 20 feet. Luckily, it’s easily accessible to both amateur divers and snorkelers, so make sure you take the time to dive into this historical phenomenon in the deep.
Boogie Nights: Mambo Café
No trip to Cancun is complete without a visit to Mambo Café. It’s where the city’s hottest live bands and DJs are cranking out tropical and salsa tunes starting at midnight. All you vampires will love it. Note: it’s a somewhat upscale place that has a beautiful, crystal chandelier in the main room so you can arrive all decked out. Better still, you can order nibbles as well as cocktails, which will help you go the distance while you merengue, bachata–cut a sand rug–until the sea cows come home.
Mayan Magic: The Ruins at Coba
Rising between two lagoons in the tropical jungle of Quintana Roo, the breathtaking, off-the-beaten-path Coba ruins will blow your beach hair back. Once there, you'll be greeted with a friendly tour guide who'll share all the secrets of this ancient city. The complex is a bit spread out - there are smaller ruins that you can explore on the way to see the big one. You can either walk or rent a bike and pedal your way down a shaded path to get there. You can even climb it, but be forewarned: there are a lot of stairs and it’s steep. However, there is a rope you can hang on to as you make your way to the top. It’s worth the trek because the view at the top of the jungle is incredible. Luckily, there is a hut right at the base where you can get refreshing drinks after your climb. On the way back to Cancun, swing by Tulum for either another big dose of antiquity at the ruins, or you can grab a drink and watch the sun set at one of the boho-chic bars.
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