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9 Fun & Romantic Excursions for Couples near Cancun

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

With its breathtaking beauty and thrilling adventures, Cancun is the ultimate destination for couples seeking a getaway filled with fun and romance. From its world-famous white-sand beaches and ancient Mayan ruins to encounters with marine life like sea turtles, manta rays, and whale sharks, Cancun promises an unforgettable journey. This blog post will unveil the top 9 must-visit places and activities that will make your couples' retreat in Cancun a blend of romance, culture, and adventure. Let's dive in!

1. Riviera Maya

Aerial view of Riviera Maya

Explore the Riviera Maya's beautiful beaches, coral reefs, and underwater marine life. One of Mexico's tourist districts, Riviera Maya is a popular destination for cenotes, natural sinkholes filled with crystal-clear water - perfect for a refreshing swim, scenic ruins, stylish all-inclusive hotels, dreamy white-sand beaches, and various water activities!

2. Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

Just a short drive from Cancun is Playa del Carmen, a resort city on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Playa del Carmen offers a vibrant atmosphere, live music, delicious food, and 75 miles of shoreline. Stroll along La Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) and experience this lively street filled with local shops, high-end brands, restaurants, bars, and more - the best place to grab souvenirs and fashion items!

3. Xcaret Park

This adventure park is located in the Riviera Maya and is about 45 miles south of the Cancun International Airport. Within the park, you will find underground rivers, an aviary, a bee farm, a coral reef aquarium, and various other wildlife animals. Some of the activities at Xcaret Park are cave exploring, riding a speedboat, a 7-course dinner and show, wine pairing sessions at a wine cellar, and a few more. It is an ideal place for couples seeking adventure!

4. Tulum Ruins

Tulum Ruins in Mexico

Discover the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum perched on the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The Tulum Ruins are the only Mayan ruins built on a coast and one of the few Mayan-walled cities. The walls are located on three sides of the settlement, while the fourth side is protected by the ocean. It is a great option for history buffs and offers stunning views!

5. Isla Mujeres

Located a short boat ride away from Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a beautiful island paradise known for its crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches. Snorkel, swim with sea turtles and relax on the beach for a perfect day trip. If you get hungry, there are plenty of restaurants serving fresh seafood and Mexican dishes!

6. The Cancun Museum of Underwater Art (MUSA)

3 divers posing for a picture with a piece of art at the Cancun Museum of Underwater Art

MUSA is an underwater art museum near Isla Mujeres and Cancun containing over 500 life-sized sculptures! The sculptures were created to promote coral life and provide a home for marine life. These homes form an artificial reef while stimulating the growth of the actual coral reefs. You can visit the museum by scuba diving, snorkeling, or glass-bottom boat. Grab your tickets as soon as possible so you do not risk missing out on this unique underwater museum!

7. Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza mayan ruin

Chichen Itza was one of the largest Mayan cities ever built, now it is an archaeological site in the Yucatan Peninsula. Witness the ancient wonders, including the iconic El Castillo! The ruins are open daily from 8 am - 5 pm, and you can purchase your tickets online. Sadly, you can no longer climb the pyramid, but it is still cool to say you visited one of the New Seven Wonders of the World! Be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible since this is one of the most visited archeological sites in Mexico - it gets about 2 million visitors a year.

8. Las Coloradas

Las Coloradas letters with the pink lake in the back

Witness the mesmerizing pink lakes of Las Coloradas, about three and a half hours from Cancun. The lakes are a beautiful shade of pink due to the presence of algae and brine shrimp within the waters. With that, Las Coloradas are home to many flamingos who feed off the algae and brine shrimp that give them their color! Moreover, this area is also a salt production area. The salt that is harvested from this area is used to make makeup, medicine, and food!

9. Puerto Morelos

A fishermen heading back home with a fish in hand in Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Located halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos is a charming fishing town with a relaxed vibe. Puerto Morelos is next to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second-longest coral reef system in the world! It allows for world-class diving and snorkeling, where you will see colorful fish, coral reefs, and maybe even turtles and sharks.

So Much to Explore!

These 9 only touch the surface of what there is to explore near Cancun! A few others include:

All-Inclusive resort on Cancun's Hotel Row

- Isla Contoy, an uninhabited island surrounded by warm waters
- Playa Delfines, one of Cancun's most famous beaches, is known for its white sand beaches and warm waters. It is a great place for a relaxing beach day!
- Cancun's Hotel Zone, an area full of all-inclusive resorts that you can book a room at or look into seeing if they have a Day Pass so you can enjoy the pool and other amenities

Go City Cancun

Parasailing in Cancun

Cancun is more than a spring break location - it is a perfect place for an adventurous and romantic getaway immersed in Mexican culture. One of the best things about Cancun is that they are on Go City! With that, you can enjoy the best excursions for a discounted price! Go City offers an All-Inclusive pass and an Explorer Pass for Cancun, perfect for all budget types and lengths of stay. Some of these excursions include:

- Chichen Itza & Valladolid Roundtrip Transportation
- Parasailing Adventure in Cancun
- Shopping Tour in Playa del Carmen
- Extreme Adventure Puerto Morelos Snorkel
- Dolphin Encounter with Lunch in Isla Mujeres
- Underwater Museum Snorkel at Paraiso Nizuc

Two manatees in the ocean

Moreover, when you purchase an All-Inclusive pass for 3 to 7 days, you can enjoy a premium experience like Admission to Xcaret Park or Xel-Há Park, or a Manatee Encounter and lunch in Isla Mujeres!


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Cancun, where adventure meets relaxation!

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Whether you are interested in ancient ruins, marine life, or simply relaxing on beautiful beaches, Cancun has so many fun things to do and will leave you with unforgettable memories. Do not miss out on this unique experience! Have you been to any of these above locations? If so, let us know in the comments below - we would love to hear about your adventure! If you have not gone, is it on your bucket list of places to visit now? Let us know in the comments below, and share this article with the person or people you want to go with! Either way, SUBSCRIBE below to learn about other places you should add to your "To Visit" List! Ready? Okay, vamos. Time to have fun!

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