After five wonderful days of exploring part of the Yucatán Peninsula, I bring you my top five list of things to do while in Cancún. If you’re looking for an in-depth experience, then check out my Bachelorette in Cancún and Chichen Itza and Valladolid posts.
I made it a priority to see the Mayan ruins because they are relatively close to Cancún. The excursion is an all-day trip, you leave your hotel around 7:15am and get back around 7:30pm. You can also choose to have an English speaking guide if your Spanish is nonexistent like mine. The pyramid, cenote and Valladolid were worth this 12hr trip!
- The Translamex tour runs $50 since we booked it with our resort tourism coordinator.
- The bus ride is two hours each way.
- A delicious lunch buffet (I don’t usually like buffets but this was great!) is provided if you book this tour.
- Cenote X-Cajum, Valladolid and Chichen Itza are included sights in the tour.
- Get the churros! We had only 15min to visit Valladolid and the churro line was long because each order of churros was hand rolled in cinnamon sugar and filled with your choice of chocolate, la lechera or caramel.
Of course it’s a given you will be on the beach while in Cancún and why would you not want to with the beautiful, turquoise ocean?? Mandala Beach Club is directly on the beach and adds a little extra to your trip if you’re looking for a bit more than laying on the sand.
- We paid $30/person to get in and have a cabana. That money goes 100% towards food and drink credit. The guy in the entrance will try to sell you more expensive options, but you can get as low as $30.
- The food is outstanding! They don’t try to rip you off with low-quality food; we were all pretty impressed with the quality and plating. There honestly wasn’t one item I did not enjoy.
- You get to meet other travelers. Even though it’s a “club” the music isn’t so loud you can’t talk with others– which added to our experience.
- The pool is refreshing and closest to the food and music– the beach is right out front as well.
- Order the piña coladas! While I normally don’t like overly fruity drinks, we ordered these since we were on a beach and thought “why not?” They turned out amaaazing! The pineapple-coconut ratio was perfect.
This seems like another obvious one but make sure you do it! Cancún has several excellent steak houses but you’re really missing out on eating some of the best Mexican food if you don’t get it here. Below are two of my favorite restaurants we dined at and these are my recommendations from each…
- The salsa assortment they bring out is amazing and varies from spiciest to most mild.
- We loved the ceviche here!
- Gabby ordered tacos 3-4 times while in Cancún and she would say they were the best here.
- Churro cart!! If you order churros, they come in this cute cart and with three different dipping sauces.
- Their queso dip was hands down the best I’ve had. It’s a blend with Mexico’s famous Oaxaca cheese.
- Carne Asada was awesome, and is available in multiple dishes,
Coco Bongo is definitely worth experiencing while out in Cancún! I could see why it is a widely know club and why everyone recommends it. This club is different than your traditional club since there are choreographed and aerial silk performances in between dancing. The performances were choreographed to musical numbers, cinematography and top music hits.
- Go on Thursday. Friday is notoriously known for being packed since they put as many people in that will fit.
- The $75 gets you into the club, unlimited drinks, a table and of course access to all of the performances. We had credit from our Airbnb so we were able to book a great deal with our renter.
- Girls dress in anything from jean shorts and a crop to a bodycon dress.
- The dancing is nonstop and there is nowhere visible to sit…so if you’re not comfortable in high heels then I would recommend sandals. A lot of the girls there wore sandals or flats, but of course I love my heels and opted for that. 🙂
Mambocafé was one of my favorite experiences of the trip! There was a live band with singers, and they danced along as they performed. My bridesmaid, Gabby, found this spot for us which was outside of the Hotel Zone. It was great to see what the local life of Cancún was like, and of course to dance! We only heard Spanish around us and truly felt immersed in this experience.
- We arrived at 11:00pm since the performers were suppose to arrive by 11:30pm… They did not arrive until 12:30am.
- Arrive early enough so you may get a table. The place gets packed.
- To have a table, you just need to make one purchase. We didn’t drink any alcohol on Saturday and simply ordered water.
- The dance floor is packed but full of great energy!