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3 Days in Cancun

By Viator, August 2018

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From island escapes to ancient Maya cities, you can experience the best of the Yucatan with just three days in Cancun. Stretch out on a white-sand beach, grab a tropical drink, and then go farther afield to climb pyramids and sail to brilliant coral reefs. Here’s how to plan the perfect 3-day Cancun adventure.
 
Day 1: Cancun Beaches and Coral Reefs
Blessed with pristine beaches and easy access to coral reefs, Cancun is tailor-made for a day of sand and salt water. Spot tropical fish and even a shipwreck while snorkeling the nearby Great Maya Reef, or opt for a submarine tour to see the same marine wildlife without getting wet.
 
In the afternoon, head out on the water for views of Cancun’s beaches and resorts—it’s the best way to get that postcard-perfect shot. A catamaran cruise is ideal for lounging in the sunshine, while WaveRunners and speedboats are thrilling options that get some ocean wind in your hair.
 
Day 2: Ancient Maya Explorer
The Maya thrived in the Yucatan long before Europeans arrived, and some of their spectacular cities are easy to reach from Cancun. For Maya art and architecture, UNESCO-listed Chichen Itza is a great place to start. Early morning tours take advantage of cooler temperatures and fewer crowds, while some later options stay for a sound and light show at the ruins.

To the south is Tulum, a compact ancient site whose coastal cliffs and white-sand beaches are a photographer’s dream. If you’re ready to channel your inner explorer, though, head to lesser-known Coba, where some ruins are overgrown with trees and vines, and where you can climb to the top of the Yucatan’s highest pyramid.
 
Day 3: Caribbean Island Escape
On your third day, leave the mainland behind on a cruise to a gorgeous Caribbean island. There’s an island for every traveler, with options offering everything from a pristine wildlife sanctuary to buzzing beach clubs and shopping centers. Getting offshore guarantees great views back toward Cancun’s waterfront.
 
If you’re all about wildlife, hop on a cruise to protected Isla Contoy, where limits on tourism keep the island a haven for sea birds. For a day that blends coral reefs with some leisurely island time, choose Isla Mujeres for party boats, all-inclusive options, and relaxing cruises powered by sea breezes.

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Viator VIP: Chichen Itza Tour and Light and Sound Show Including Mayan Appetizers and Luxury ... 
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Viator VIP: Chichen Itza Tour and Light and Sound Show Including Mayan Appetizers and Luxury Transport

4.5 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

See the best of Chichen Itza by day and night on this Viator VIP tour available nowhere else. Sail past the hordes waiting to enter the UNESCO World Heritage ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Viator Exclusive: Coba Ruins Early Access Tour with an Archaeologist and Cenote Swim from Cancun, ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Coba Ruins Early Access Tour with an Archaeologist and Cenote Swim from Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

Discover the ancient city of Coba, without the crush of crowds, on this early morning tour with an archaeologist guide — a Viator Exclusive that can't be ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.71
Isla Contoy Day Trip: Snorkeling at Ixlache Reef and Eco-Paradise Tour, Cancun, Day Trips
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Isla Contoy Day Trip: Snorkeling at Ixlache Reef and Eco-Paradise Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 61 Reviews

Cruise on a comfortable vessel north of Cancun and soak up the beauty of Ixlache Reef and Isla Contoy. At Ixlache Reef, snorkel near coral, sea turtles, and ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99
Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour in Cancun, Cancun, Day Trips
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Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour in Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 109 Reviews

Swim among big schools of fish, wild turtles, and colorful coral reefs during this 3.5-hour shipwreck-exploration tour. Paddle through warm Caribbean waters as ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Isla Mujeres Deluxe All-Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya, Cancun, Snorkeling
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Isla Mujeres Deluxe All-Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

This is not the usual everyday tour from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. Enjoy an all-inclusive tour to Isla Mujeres with professional guides and transport from your ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.99
Half-Day Sailing Trip to Isla Mujeres from Cancun, Cancun, Day Cruises
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Half-Day Sailing Trip to Isla Mujeres from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Enjoy a half-day sailing trip in the Caribbean Sea. Stop to snorkel in the beautiful waters and enjoy snacks on board. Spend free time on the beautiful Isla ...  Read more

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.99
Private Half-Day Catamaran Cruise from Cancun, Cancun, Sailing Trips
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Private Half-Day Catamaran Cruise from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a day sailing through the Caribbean Sea aboard on a 32 ft Catamaran. Decide if you want to go on a trip to Isla Mujeres or just sail on the bay. Snorkel ...  Read more

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $520.00
5-in-1 Adventure in Cancun: Speed Boat, Snorkel, ATV, Zipline and Cenote Swim, Cancun, Catamaran ... 
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5-in-1 Adventure in Cancun: Speed Boat, Snorkel, ATV, Zipline and Cenote Swim

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Do you want to have a day of pure adrenaline without stopping? This is the tour for you. Spend the day snorkeling in the stunning coral reefs just off the ...  Read more

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.99
Adult-Only Cancun Party Cruise to Isla Mujeres, Cancun, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Adult-Only Cancun Party Cruise to Isla Mujeres

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 14 Reviews

Take a party cruise from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. Make a stop to snorkel at one of the best reefs and see beautiful tropical fish. Enjoy a delicious buffet ...  Read more

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.99
Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun, Cancun, Lunch Cruises
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Whale Shark Swim Adventure in Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Swim and snorkel in an area with the largest fish in the world — the whale shark — on this seasonal tour. Head out toward Isla Mujeres, Contoy, and Holbox by ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $157.00

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