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How to Spend 2 Days in Cancun

How to Spend 2 Days in Cancun

Spending two days in Cancun lets you mix beach time with adventures that go a little farther afield. And Cancun is perfectly poised for exploring the best of the Yucatan, with Caribbean islands and reefs to the east, plus ancient Maya cities surrounded by thick jungle inland. Here’s how to see it all in two days.

 

Day 1: Classic Cancun

**Morning:**Most come to Cancun for perfect beaches and warm water, so start your escape at the edge of the Caribbean Sea. A parasailing excursion along the coast is an exhilarating way to get your bearings, or you can strap on a snorkel mask to see coral reefs in crystal-clear water.

 

**Afternoon:**For the best views of Cancun’s white-sand beaches and resorts, head out on the water. Private sailing trips are a luxurious treat for groups, while driving your own speedboat or WaveRunner is an adventurous option that doesn’t require any previous boating experience.

 

**Night:**Cancun nightlife spans from family-friendly to wild, but either way, it’s worth booking advance to ensure access to the hottest spots. Kids and adults love Cirque du Soleil’s gravity-defying performances. For the late-night set, club crawl tours help snag VIP perks such as skip-the-line access, free-flowing drinks, and party guides.

 

Day 2: Ancient Cities or Paradise Island

Morning: If you’re ready to channel your inner explorer, head to Tulum or Chichen Itza, two fascinating ancient Maya sites that are easy to reach from Cancun. If vibrant reefs are more your style, hop a boat to Isla Mujeres, where you’ll find bright coral, marine wildlife, and a sea turtle sanctuary.

**Afternoon:**After a big morning of exploring, combine some beach time with a laid-back afternoon activity. Climb into the saddle for a horseback ride along the shore, or go for aerial views of coral reefs, beaches, and resorts on a sunset flight over the Caribbean.

**Night:**Make your last night in Cancun a memorable one with tickets for a dinner cruise. A crowd-pleasing pirate dinner show makes for a swashbuckling evening, while intimate small-group dinner cruises are designed as classic Mexican fiestas on the water.

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Half-Day Sailing Trip to Isla Mujeres from Cancun

Half-Day Sailing Trip to Isla Mujeres from Cancun

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Get door to door service and a chance to snorkel in the Mexican Caribbean during this 4.5-hour boat excursion from Cancun. Relax on board the comfortable boat and enjoy included refreshments, then go ashore in Isla Mujeres to check it out. Pickup and drop-off from Cancun hotels is included.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour From Cancun with Open Bar
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Private Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour From Cancun with Open Bar

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Sail the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea aboard your own private catamaran during this half-day tour from Cancun. Your captain can take you to Isla Mujeres or other great spots around the bay, and provides time to go snorkeling at the coral reef, stop at secluded beaches, and lounge on the 32-foot (10-meter) catamaran's deck. Bring your own group of up to 7 people on a private sailing tour that includes unlimited drinks and use of snorkel equipment.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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Cirque du Soleil® JOYÀ Admission Tickets

Cirque du Soleil® JOYÀ Admission Tickets

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Experience tablecloth dining along with the Cirque du Soleil® show 'JOYÁ' at the Vidanta Riviera Maya resort. Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the story of an alchemist and his granddaughter seeking out the secrets of life. The show draws on the heritage and history of Mexico to weave the story, presented in an intimate dinner theatre in the jungle of the Riviera Maya.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Cancun

Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Cancun

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Discover the restored archaeological ruins of Tulum, an ancient Mayan trading port perched above a white-sand beach on the Caribbean coast. Visit this popular city on the Yucatán Peninsula and tour the grounds with your informative guide. Round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach is included from Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
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  • 7 hours
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VIP Nightclub Tour in Cancun

VIP Nightclub Tour in Cancun

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Dance and party the night away at the best nightclubs in Cancun, Mexico. Party-hop to 3 of the top clubs in Cancun on this 6-hour evening that includes VIP service and unlimited drinks. Skip standing in long lines with VIP entry. Cancun's nightlife scene is yours to explore on this VIP nightclub experience.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Cancun Parasailing Adventure

Cancun Parasailing Adventure

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Soar high above the shimmering sea and towering hotels of Cancun during an exhilarating 30-minute Cancun Parasailing Adventure. See the resort’s most spectacular sights from a unique perspective and fly with a friend in a parasail that comfortably seats two passengers. Feel your adrenaline levels soar as you launch into the air and gaze at the sprawling city during your exciting experience.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Xochimilco Park: Ticket with Transportation from Cancun and Riviera Maya

Xochimilco Park: Ticket with Transportation from Cancun and Riviera Maya

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Cruise through Xoximilco, modeled after an ancient Aztec city, on a flat-bottomed boat during this evening tour. Xoximilco is a modern replica of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, criss-crossed with canals that bear these traditional boats called trajineras. Enjoy a tasting menu of authentic Mexican food, including tequila and beer. Listen to traditional Mexican mariachi and marimba music while you enjoy personalized attention from your guide during this small-group tour, limited to just 20 people.
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  • 5 hours
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Cancun Adventure Tour: Drive Your Own Speedboat

Cancun Adventure Tour: Drive Your Own Speedboat

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Steer a speedboat through lagoons and mangrove channels on a self-drive adventure from Cancún, and explore the vibrant coral reefs of a National Marine Park. Follow a guide boat along the coast, and watch for the birds and wildlife that thrive within the sheltered mangrove forest. Skim across the waves towards the scenic Nizuc Point then slip into the water for a guided snorkeling tour of a protected coral reef; spot brilliant coral and fishes, and soak up the Caribbean sunshine before starting your engine for the return trip.
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  • 2 hours
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Captain Hook: Pirate Show and Dinner Cruise in Cancun

Captain Hook: Pirate Show and Dinner Cruise in Cancun

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Step into the world of swashbuckling pirates and Spanish galleons with tickets for 3-hour Captain Hook dinner cruise from Cancun. Sit down to a gourmet dinner and enjoy an evening of pirate tales, dancing, entertainment, then see a live-action battle at sea. This 3-hour dinner cruise includes access to an open bar, with air-conditioned indoor seating as well as an open-air dance floor and deck.
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  • 3 hours
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Price varies by group size