10 Amazing Day Trips to Take in Cancun

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8. Xcaret Park

Xcaret Park is a theme park, eco-tourism destination and resort located near Playa Del Carmen about an hour drive from Cancun. Located within the park are the Mayan ruins of Xcaret which date to between 1400 and 1517 AD. The Park also offers a ride through the underground river where visitors get on inflated inner tubes and slowly float through the cool waters and the current takes you on a leisurely ride through the caverns. In the 200 acre park there are various exhibits, a Mayan village an aviary where tropical birds interact freely with guests, a coral reef aquarium, marine turtle pond and a small island occupied by jaguars. Visitors can walk the jungle paths, take a river boat ride or enjoy dining in the restaurants. An equestrian show provides entertainment during the day and at night the renowned “Xcaret México Espectacular” show takes you on a visual journey through Mexico’s past from pre historic times to present day. Many tour operators offer hotel pick up and return making the trip an easy one from Cancun.

7. Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen is another favorite destination for travelers and an easy day trip from Cancun. A smaller town than Cancun, Playa Del Carmen is a great place to spend the day shopping, taking a relaxing catamaran boat ride, do some deep sea fishing or enjoying the nightlife. Cleanse your body and soul with a sweat lodge experience at an authentic Mayan Temazcal with a real Shaman, cruise on board a private yacht and enjoy the Mayan Riviera or walk the Quinta Avenida pedestrian thoroughfare adjacent to beach and check out the local vendors. There are several public beaches where you can enjoy the clear blue waters along with first class restaurants and of course the famous night life. Popular clubs in Playa Del Carmen include the Blue Parrot, a Playa landmark, Coco Bongo and the Tequila Barrel. If you can decide which club to visit then take a pub crawl where you will visit several of the areas hot clubs in one night.

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