Bucket list activities to try in Mexico

With so much to see and do from coast to coast, it can be hard to know where to start when planning your Mexico getaway! To help you get inspired for your vacation to this beautiful and diverse country, we put together some of the top things to do in Mexico. Whether you’re heading to the pristine shores of Riviera Maya, the lush coast of Riviera Nayarit or the unique desert landscapes of Los Cabos, you’ll want to add these must-try activities to your vacation bucket list.

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Explore an island paradise off the coast of Playa Mujeres

Just north of Cancun, off the coast of Playa Mujeres, is the charming island of Isla Mujeres. Located where the glistening waters of the Caribbean Sea meet the Gulf of Mexico, this small slice of paradise is known for its picturesque rocky coastline, breathtaking beaches and quaint downtown area. Ferry service is available between the mainland and the island, but one of the best ways to explore Isla Mujeres is on a luxury catamaran cruise, where you’ll get to stop along the way to snorkel in the crystal-clear waters.

Where to stay: There will never be a dull moment when you stay at the brand-new Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Cancun. This action-packed property is rolling out the red carpet in December 2020, featuring fun-filled activities for all ages – from the mini-golf course to the trampoline park ($) and exciting Hollywood-themed events throughout the week. Planning an adults only getaway? Stay at Planet Hollywood Adult Scene Cancun, a resort-within-a-resort offering exclusive areas and enhanced amenities.

Three people paddle boarding through a cove
Discover the natural beauty of the Marietas Islands in Riviera Nayarit

Situated on the breathtaking coast of Riviera Nayarit is Islas Marietas National Park, home to the picturesque Marietas Islands. The Marietas Eco Discovery excursion with Sunwing Experiences will take you to some of the park’s most beautiful natural landmarks, which are designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. If you’re an underwater explorer, you will love the tour’s snorkelling stop where you’ll have the chance to swim alongside sea turtles, tropical fish and more. Visiting in the winter? Keep an eye out for dolphins and humpback whales swimming alongside the boat!

Where to stay: The Marietas Islands aren’t the only place you can spot whales – if you’re staying at Riu Palace Pacifico during the winter months, you might catch a glimpse of whales swimming off the coast! Upgrade to one of the Suite Jacuzzi Oceanview rooms to enjoy an evening soak in your balcony’s private Jacuzzi as you watch the sunset over the Pacific Coast!

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Travel back in time to ancient Mayan ruins in Riviera Maya

No visit to Riviera Maya is complete without exploring the area’s fascinating Mayan ruins where you can learn about the Yucatan Peninsula’s ancient history dating back thousands of years. Explore famous sites like Tulum, Coba and Ek Balam, all located just an excursion away from most resorts in Riviera Maya. Want to check one of the Seven Wonders of the New World off your bucket list? Head to Chichén Itzá, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was one of the largest Mayan cities from 600 AD until 1200 AD.

Where to stay: After learning all about Mexico’s history, head back to Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa to sample some of Mexico’s delicious cuisine at the resort’s Agave restaurant. With unlimited reservation-free dining included in your stay, you won’t have to worry about the hassle of reservations! Afterwards, head down to Sands Beach Bar to sip on margaritas as you watch the sunset over the Caribbean Sea.

Catamaran sailing by the famous arch of Los Cabos
Cruise past the iconic El Arco on a luxury catamaran in Los Cabos

Los Cabos is famous for its rocky coastline overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean – and one of the best ways to explore the iconic coast is on a scenic cruise! Climb on board a glass-bottom boat and cruise along the shores, keeping an eye out for exotic marine life swimming underneath the boat’s glass viewing platform. You’ll pass by some of Cabo’s most popular landmarks including El Arco, Lover’s Beach, Pelican Rock and the Cave of San Andres. You can also head out on a sunset cruise to watch the sky change colours over the rocky arches.

Where to stay: Admire panoramic vistas of El Arco from the sprawling infinity pool at Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. This top-rated luxury resort offers Instagram-worthy views all around the resort, from the rocky arches in the distance to the sparkling golden-sand beach overlooking glimmering waters. There’s never a dull moment at this all inclusive property, whether you want to test out the slides at the on-site water park or grab your favourite drink from the swim-up bar.

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