see + do
Cancún see + do
Cancún is Mexico's number-one tourism moneymaker, thanks to its proximity to chilly East Coast cities and the preponderance of familiar franchises that make U.S. tourists feel right at home. It's all about easy access to warm breezes and the crystal blue Caribbean Sea. Most visitors stick to the Zona Hotelera, a skinny 14-mile-long manmade sampler of Everyman's dream vacation setting. Sunbathing, swimming, shopping, and lazing about are the main activities, and attractions sans a commercial aspect are nearly nonexistent. The Mayan temples at El Rey and El Meco (and the stained glass dome at Kukulcán Plaza) add a slight historical perspective to the scene. Mostly, businesses are constantly racing to raise their hip quotient and stay ahead of the competition.
The best physical activities take place in the lagoons, where active types paddle kayaks and race about on WaveRunners. Travel agencies offer tours to the cenotes and coral reefs south of Cancún in the Riviera Maya—diving and snorkeling are far better there than at Cancún's few loved-to-death reefs. Day trips to Isla Mujeres include decent fish-spotting at Parque Garrafón, along with the chance to tootle about the island in a golf cart.