Are you dreaming of taking a vacation to sunny Mexico? If so, why not book a vacation at the Villa del Palmar Cancun? Located in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It’s not hard to fall in love with the tropical climate, white, sandy beaches, and sparkling Caribbean Sea views.
The Villa del Palmar Cancun has spacious beachfront suites with world-class amenities including multiple pools, jacuzzis, a fitness center, spa, room service, and onsite restaurants. We have all-inclusive travel packages on sale right now so you can vacation in style and stay on budget, too.
While you may not want to leave the resort, there are tons of fun things to see and do in and around Cancun. In the meantime, keep reading more below about 2023 Cancun vacation ideas.
#1 Swim in a Freshwater Cenote
To start with, there’s no place in the world like the Riviera Maya where you can find hundreds of miles of underground river systems. These magical freshwater swimming holes are known as cenotes and are formed when limestone collapses to reveal freshwater underneath. Some cenotes can look like caves, some look like lakes, and others are like a swimming pool right on the surface.
Some of the cave-like cenotes even have ancient stalactites and stalagmites inside. The closest cenote to Cancun is Cenote Azul, found just south of Puerto Aventuras about 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen. Cenote Azul is a large cenote with various depths. There, the main cenote area has a big cliff to jump off, and there’s a dock and ladder to climb back up. Life Jackets can be rented on-site for a minimal fee.
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#2 Tulum Day Trip
Secondly, if you take a vacation in Cancun, it makes sense to visit Tulum for the day to get out of the city. Plus, it’s affordable as there are ADO buses that only cost $13 dollars per person for the 2-hour trip. Many vacationers enjoy the small town’s relaxed vibe and beautiful beaches. During your visit, you can rent a bike for the day for just $100 pesos to get around town, too.
Wondering what sights to see? We suggest a visit to the Mystika Interactive Museum where you will have one-of-a-kind sensory experiences centered on healing, wisdom, and evolution totems. The interactive photography exhibits will take guests on a unique journey to connect with Mayan cosmology, and gorgeous nature sanctuaries, and feel the spiritual power of horses that was created by award-winning Mexican artist Pepe Soho.
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#3 Step back In Time at Chichen Itza Ruins
While Chichen Itza is located two hours from Cancun by car, it’s a not-miss landmark when you visit the Riviera Maya. There, the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza receive an average of 2.6 million tourists each year visiting Chichen Itza making it one of the most popular archeological sites in Mexico. The large pre-Columbian city reached its peak during the years 600 A.D. to the 1200s.
In modern times, you can still see graphic stone carvings at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors, and the Wall of the Skulls. The massive step pyramid, known as El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan, dominates the ancient city and is a must-visit place to take a memorable selfie or vacation photo with the family. If you visit at night, there are impressive sound-and-light shows that illuminate the buildings’ sophisticated geometry, too.
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#4 Explore the Cancun Scuba Center
Do you love being in the ocean? If so, you can take a scuba lesson at the Cancun Scuba Center. There, you’ll be able to see all types of tropical fish and beautiful reefs in a safe and protected environment under the guidance of trained divers. If you are an experienced diver, you can skip the Scuba Center and go diving in the area as the local Grand Mayan Reef which is the most extensive barrier reef system in the Western Hemisphere and the 2nd largest reef in the world.
In fact, the Grand Maya Reef spans more than 700 miles along the eastern coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. For vacations in Cancun that love to dive, there are shallow, clear waters and Cozumel is another great place to dive in the area that has excellent visibility and a wider variety of sites for advanced divers.
#5 Evening Stroll through Playa del Carmen
Last but not least, the charming beach town of Playa Del Carmen is located close to Cancun as well. Why not take an evening stroll through the relaxed town with palm-lined beaches? The must-visit spot in town to take an evening stroll is the pedestrian walkway known as 5th Avenue, or Quinta Avenida. Quinta Avenida runs parallel to the beach and has lots of tons of beautiful shops, delicious restaurants, and fun bars, lounges, and clubs, too.
If you love shopping, you can find international brands of clothing, perfumery, makeup and costume jewelry as well as high-end products, too. If you have time, there are shopping centers with renowned high-level brands in Quinta Alegría, Calle Corazón and Paseo del Carmen, too. On 5th Avenue, the pedestrian avenue is just blocks from the coast so it’s a perfect place to evening ocean breezes as you stroll with friends and family.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of fun, active, and cultural activities to enjoy in Cancun. Why not contact us at the Villa del Palmar Cancun we have all-inclusive vacation packages on sale right now. In addition to being a world-class resort that is part of the prestigious Villa Group Resorts family, we also have an exclusive vacation club membership for purchase.
In addition, our vacation club members also earn Awards Credits on our Beachfront Rewards program each time they refer a friend or family to join. Awards Credits can be used to upgrade accommodations, for spa services, at onsite restaurants, and more. It’s easy to make every vacation simply unforgettable when you’re part of Mexico’s top vacation club.
Contact us today to book your vacation to Cancun, and don’t forget to inquire to see if you are eligible to join our exclusive vacation club, too.