BEYOND THE BEACH:
Many of Cancún's gorgeous resorts offer activities that make it tempting to never leave the property. Trust us, you won't regret stepping out of the hotel and exploring some of Cancún's great shopping and cultural sights.
Chichén Itzá is always a good option for a memorable photo opportunity, but if you're going to opt for a long drive, make your way south of Cancun to Xcaret. The large theme park-like attraction features sections dedicated to Mayan food and culture, plus a must-do wine tour and lunch or dinner in their cave-like luxury underground wine cellar.
North of Cancun near the cost of Isla de Mujeres is MUSA, an underwater sculpture museum with over 500 permanent life-size sculptures across 420 square meters. Sure, you'll technically still be on the beach, but this is not your typical snorkeling adventure. And, if you don't want to get wet, the visitor center now has a 'dry' exhibition to see sculptures, images, and a film on the museum.
If you want to stay in the Hotel Zone, the Museo Maya de Cancún opened at the end of 2012 to coincide with the end of the Mayan calendar. Visit here during the day, and see over 350 artifacts across three exhibition halls. Two are permanent, with one dedicated to the archaeology of the State of Quintana Roo, and one dedicated to Mayan culture with pieces from all over Mexico. The third space is for temporary exhibits.
Finally, end your day of culture with a festive bang at Xochimilco, a river-dinner cruise on gondola-like boats called trajineras (32 of the 40 available represent a state in Mexico.) Sail just over a mile for approximately three hours with your group of friends and enjoy an open bar, a three-course meal, and live music (everything from mariachi to bolero!) Watch a video for a taste of what to expect. It's a fun experience for anyone planning a destination wedding or a despedida de soltera.
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