Cancun Mexico | Sun, Sand, Scuba, and Beyond

Mexico has a bad reputation for crime and violence, it is all over the news.  Yet, there are some beautiful and safe parts of Mexico, like Cancun.  It is on the eastern tip of Mexico, sitting on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.  It is well protected from most of the hurricanes and enjoys gorgeous weather year round.  There is no need to drive across the border, Cancun is easily accessible from most major airports.

Hyatt Zilara Resort
Hyatt Zilara Resort beach

Cancun boasts beautiful beaches, the northern section of the Great Maya Reef, Mayan ruins and museums, art, spa activities, shopping, nightlife, and friendly locals.  Far less expensive than the Mediterranean cities, Cancun is a great value for a luxury vacation on a budget.

The Hotel Zone offers spectacular views from the variety of resorts represented by the major brands. Cancun adds a bit “extra” for your beach vacation.

Many are all-inclusive food & drink resorts and a few are no children under 16 allowed, like Hyatt’s Zilara Resort. This is a fabulous option for honeymooners or any romantic getaway.

Other resorts boast excellent kids programs and activities for a family friendly getaway.

Each resort plans incredible shows and activities, as well as maintain the pristine beach in front of every property.

While these are great resorts to rest & relax, be sure to leave the property and explore some of the stunning sites that Cancun, and Eastern Mexico, have to offer!

Scuba

Aquaworld

Aquaworld resides within the hotel zone offering boat tour & fishing excursions, SCUBA certification & dives.  The Hard Rock, JW Marriot, and Paradise resorts are close walking distance to Aquaworld.  Other hotels are a short bus or taxi ride down the street.  Like most of the locals in Cancun, the instructors and crew speak multiple languages including English.  I spent half my vacation getting SCUBA certified and a couple more dives, because the reef is stunning.

Scuba-Me
Me!

Underwater Art

The Museo Subacuatico de Arte is an underwater museum that I was able to explore during two of my dives. The art exhibit can also be viewed by snorkelers above and up close & dry in submarines.

Each piece of art is made from coral-friendly concrete. As the coral grow into the nooks and crevices, each piece is changing over time.

Underwater Museum - photo from Museo Subacuatico de Arte
Underwater Museum

Aquaworld has wet suits available, but this water is so warm that I did not need one, even for my deepest dives at 55 meters.

Fish in the Great Mayan Reef
Fish in the Great Mayan Reef

The art exhibit is also a healthy reef for tropical fish, and a few sharks (if you are lucky enough to spot them). The water is crystal clear with excellent visibility along the ocean floor.

Nurse shark
Nurse shark

Cancun offers a variety of water sports, great food, relaxing, and adventure in a safe and comfortable environment.  I am ready to go back for my next vacation!

Looking for more activities?  Check out this great guide for the Rio Secreto, nearby underground caves and fresh water cenote.

19 thoughts on “Cancun Mexico | Sun, Sand, Scuba, and Beyond”

  1. I have done a lot of scuba diving in Australian and the Pacific Islands but I have never seen anything like the underwater museum. It looks spectacular. 🙂

  2. Is GREAT the way you tell us about your experience in the city, wonderful, Cancun has places that we must discover for ourselves to enjoy the wonders we read in post like this. Greetings

  3. That great, about two months ago I visited the city, and I found something quite pleasant, the ruins that are nearby are also one of the main attractions and reasons why people visit Cancun, the archaeological site of the king is a place that should visit all who travel to Cancun.

    1. You can snorkel the site above, but you need to be open water scuba certified (or in progress) to dive the site. It is an amazing site up close!

  4. I really want to visit MUSA! I live in Playa del Carmen, so I’m pretty close! However, I’m thinking of snorkelling not diving. Do you think this will still be a great experience? Will I be able to dive down to take photos with the statues? Amazing post!! 😀

  5. Hola como estas soy de Cancun y en estos momentos me tope con tu blog, me pareció interesante y entretenido el post, solo que siento que le falta algo más que le de mas esencia y despierte ya sea la alegría, ira, enojo o incluso cuestión de los lectores. Saludos amigo 😀 desde Cancún mientras disque trabajo hahahaa

  6. Excelente post, me pareció muy entretenido y en este momento de ocio aproveche para leer con calma en muchos aspectos concierto con todo lo que escribiste, saludos y te invito a pasar a la agencia de renta de autos en Cancún

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