5 Places to see in Cancun and Riviera Maya

Find several recommendations of the places to see in Cancun and Riviera Maya, even if you don’t have a car to visit them. There are hundreds of things to do, here are the ones we liked the most. On our last trip to North America and the Caribbean, we visited Mexico and were surprised by the infinity of attractions it has, the great variety of natural resources and, above all, the warmth of the people.

We had the opportunity to volunteer in Cancun in a hostel, thanks to the Worldpackers platform , which allowed us to get to know Cancun in a different and more local way . In this post we want to share with you some of the tourist spots that we liked the most in the surroundings of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, all accessible by public transport, avoiding having to spend money on renting a car or a taxi.


Coming to Coco Bongo is something you must add to your list of things to do on your trip to the Riviera Maya . We had doubts if it was overvalued … and our answer is no! The prices are somewhat high, but if you reserve them in advance and go at the beginning of the week you can get a somewhat more moderate price and some gift drinks.

We had a great time, the shows were entertaining and fun, and as the icing on the cake we met La Máscara. Boliches, or clubs as the locals call it, there are many, but Cocobongo is different from the others . With the purchase of your ticket you can first access the bar that is in front of the disco, then inside the bowling alley, you can enjoy countless musical shows interspersed with trendy music.

Isla Blanca

This paradise is located about 30 km from Cancun and is one of the things that you cannot miss in the Riviera Maya . With almost virgin sands and with very few tourists due to its limited diffusion, Isla Blanca is the ideal destination to relax and let nothing torment you. Most tourists go by car, but it is not the only option, we went as locals and although this is synonymous with being cramped in a van, we did.

How to get to Isla Blanca?

The trip lasts about an hour and they should pay close attention to the schedules that the transport handles since the last one is at 5:00 p.m. when we went and if you lose it, or if it is completed, it will not be an easy task to return to the center of the city. city.


This system of reefs covers twenty-two kilometers that extend in its white beaches that frame it, and that will make you fall in love with the island. Here you can practice diving, and enjoy a great variety of marine fauna.

How to go to Cozumel

The most direct way is to go from Playa del Carmen, right in the center are the ticket offices of the 2 companies that carry out these ferry transfers. The services are very similar and the price too. Although it never hurts, haggling will make you decide which of the two companies you will travel through.

It is advisable to cross early to have time to hire your excursion in advance and to be able to compare the services offered by each one. We did a highly recommended excursion that included different points including “cielito”, a place full of sea stars where you can see them very closely, WITHOUT TOUCHING PLEASE!


Of the things to do in Cancun and Riviera Maya , this place is declared a World Heritage Site. Tulum has one of the best beaches in Mexico, with its main attraction of the Mayan Ruins, and it is also one of the favorite places to base in the visit to Chichén Itzá . Tulum is the only protected natural area in the Cancun-Tulum corridor and it is the hydrological region that contributes the greatest amount of fresh water to the sea with its enigmatic underground rivers and surprising cenotes located in the vicinity of Tulum, such as the Cenote Dos Ojos, the Gran Cenote and Cenote Cristal, among others, which had a sacred character for the Mayans and are linked to Mayan traditions, ceremonies and legends.

It has a very different atmosphere from Cancun and Playa del Carmen, with a more hippie style on the one hand where you will find many hostels , travel agencies and gastronomic offer; and on the other hand it has a beautiful hotel area for all tastes, generally much more expensive than in the central area, but many with direct access to the beaches and with much greater comfort.

What not to miss in Tulum

The main attraction of the city are the imposing Mayan ruins , which are located on a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea with blue-turquoise waters. The Tulum ruins have one of the most beautiful beaches in the Riviera Maya. It is important to bear in mind that depending on the time you want to enter the price varies. Tickets are much more expensive in the first hours of the morning and in the afternoon, because everyone wants to witness the sunrise and sunset in that paradise.

Playa Del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is the most commercial area of ​​the Riviera Maya , where there is much more luxury and therefore, prices go hand in hand. In short, it is another of the places to see in Cancun . In the main square of the city, when the sun begins to fall, tourist shows invade every square meter of the place.

The main attraction are the so-called “Los voladores” where they replicate a typical original ritual where after a dance, each member of the show ties their feet with a rope, climbs a pole and begins to turn in a very striking way, hanging upside down. down where it will be difficult to enjoy it without getting nervous. In addition to this show, they can meet other Mayan representations where they show other original rituals with dance and fire.

Where to eat in Playa del Carmen

If there is a highly recommended place to eat in Playa. It is in Los Antojitos de Sandra, a place away from the main streets of the city, and where you will only see Mexicans eating, we found out about this place thanks to the recommendation of some friends that we made on that trip and the truth was that it was a success. Not only do you end up paying much less than in the tourist places, but we also got to try several typical Mexican dishes and super tasty!

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