Things to Do in Mexico

by Crissandra Ayroso
Things to Do in Mexico

Across the Yucatan Peninsula, this corner of Mexico is an endless coastline of stunning beaches and natural wonders. Delve deep and discover ancient history in Tulum, Isla Mujeres’ laid-back beach vibe and the El Centro nightlife in Cancun that everyone’s talking about. Here’s our list of top things to do in Mexico.

Nightlife in Cancun’s El Centro

busy street in downtown cancun

In Cancun’s lively downtown, El Centro, excitement is never too far behind. Along Yaxchilan Avenue, you’ll find nightclubs open late for you to salsa and cumbia into the early morning hours, restaurants serving authentic Mexican cuisine, karaoke, and bars with local acts playing live music. In El Centro, venture out with the locals on the avenue that never sleeps.

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Explore an underground river in Playa del Carmen

rio secreto

Walk and swim in waist-deep water through the Rio Secreto, an underground cave system and nature preserve with 12 km of rivers to explore. Take a guided tour and make your way through tunnels of stalactites, stalagmites, and crystal formations. Rio Secreto is one of Mexico’s most recently discovered sunken caves and one of the longest.


Dive into a cenote in Tulum

blue water inside a cenote in mexico

Gran Cenote is one of the most remarkable natural attractions in Tulum. Snorkel or dive the cenote, spot sea turtles, and explore the underground cavern. With natural cenotes all over the region, be sure to visit at least one or two!


Explore nearby islands

white sand and blue water in isla mujeres

Spend the day on Isla Mujeres, a small island with a laid-back beach vibe just a short ferry ride away from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Snorkel or dive MUSA, the underwater museum, explore the island on a golf cart (the island’s main form of transportation) and enjoy a sunset on the powdery white sand of North Beach. From the same ferry port in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, you can venture out to Cozumel where you can spend the day snorkelling, diving and visiting Mayan ruins.


Mayan ruins

ancient structure in the tulum ruins

Discover the lost Mayan civilization, culture, and architectural ruins of Chichen Itza. Amidst the ancient city is El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan, a pyramid built by the Mayans that dates back to 750 A.D. which served as a monumental representation of the Mayan calendar. Take a tour through this world heritage site, a true testament to the brilliance of the Mayan people, and experience living history. Find more structures and ruins in Tulum and Coba.


Mexico’s adventurous spirit is alive in its ancient ruins, modern cities, and lush natural beauty. With more to see and do beyond the Yucatan Peninsula, there’s an endless list of things to do in Mexico.

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