This site is dedicated to those who wish to see a little more than just the magnificent Cancun beach or nightlife.
It is all too easy to stay put in central Cancun and miss out on what lies all around you. There is a massive amount of nearby Mayan culture.
Then there is the superb Mesoamerican reef and the fantastic local wildlife. Before you visit Cancun, do some research and make a plan.
Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum are only a coach ride away. The Mesoamercian reef and the islands are even nearer. There are many coach/taxi/boat
excursions that allow you to really get the best from your time at this unique place. Narrowing your holiday down to just the beach and nightclubs
would be to miss out on a rare opportunity.
Cancun and the Riveria Maya are on Mexico's Carribean coast. Nestled on the Yucatan peninsula with ancient Mayan ruins literally within some of the hotel grounds, Cancun offers an astonishing variety of holiday experiences. Whether it is "your bag" exploring the magnificent ancient ruins or marvelling at the phenominal variety of wildlife (or both!) I hope you find something of help here.
Only a coach ride away from Cancun lie major archeological ruins dating from both the classic and post classic eras of the mayan civilisation.
Cancun also offers a great deal to any wildlife enthusiast. The Mesoamerican reef which is the second largest in the world
(only the great barrier reef in Australia is larger) is literally on the Cancun doorstep and borders the whole of the Yucatan penninsula. A number of
operators run economical day trips out for snorkelling off the Mesoamerican reef and also run trips to a remote and unpopulated island wildlife reserve,
the isla Contoy. With some operators, the Mesoamerican reef snorkelling and the trip to the Isla Contoy are combined, making the most of your time.
I have included pages on Isla Mujures and Isla Contoy here as well.
The local people are friendly. Although keen to get a sale, the traders and shop keepers are not as pushy as elsewhere in the Carribean. Taxis are economical (agree the fare first!) and the busses are a delight. On the bus 35 peso's (about $3.50 US) gets you anywhere along the hotel zone up to the Grand Porto with ferries to the Isla Mujures. Often the busses get boarded by buskers (some good musicians, others less so) so expect to get serenaded on you journey. They always appreciate a couple of pesos before you part company.
Almost all shops in Cancun, and most tour operators are more than happy to deal in US dollars as well as pesos.
As with most great holiday destinations there is an immense amount of nightlife, which is easy to find and very accessible.