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Top 5 places near Cancun that will blow your mind.

May 14, 2020

People that plan to visit Cancun, think about the beautiful beaches that make this place a true paradise, but we will tell you about some other places you may not have heard of to complement your experience when in Mexico. Get the most of your trip and explore the nearby areas. It's safe, affordable, and easy.

Dive into this blog to discover ways to take your vacation to another level.


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If you're looking for a true connection with mother nature, you have to visit Xcacel beach.

This is a quiet beautiful place in the middle of the Riviera Maya that features nothing else but natural beauty. A swimmable white-sandy beach in the heart of the Mexican Jungle.

It also boasts a cenote (sinkhole) with cold translucent water where you will get a different experience if you've never been in a cenote. It's like a natural pool. You'll love it.

Make sure to arrive prepared, as there are no restaurants around so don't forget to bring your own food and drinks.


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If you're into adventures, Tulum is for you.

Tulum is a little fishing town in the Riviera Maya that features everything for an adventure-filled day. From natural adventure parks with ziplines, ATV's or archeological tours to bars, restaurants, and beachfront nightclubs.

There are all kinds of tours that include all of the above. Make sure to choose the one that fits you best and of course, don't miss the majestic archeological zone where you can find an array of pyramids on the shores of the turquoise waters of the Tulum beach.

Playa del Carmen:

Playa del Carmen
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If you're looking for an experience with more amenities, then you should take a look at Playa Del Carmen.

Just 40 minutes from Cancun, Playa Del Carmen is a little town that has it all. From luxury beach clubs to world-class shopping malls. All kinds of restaurants and bars and the most popular nightclubs worldwide.

Everything is nestled all along its famous 5th avenue with Mexican style decor. Join the FIESTA!

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres
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It's time to follow the rhythm of the tropics. Get ready for unbelievable landscapes and trying new things.

Isla Mujeres (Women Island) has one of the most paradisiac beaches you will ever get to see. We suggest renting a golf buggy for roaming free. Make sure to visit "Punta Sur" and "Playa Norte" for sunset.

It is located 15 minutes from Cancun and the only way to get to this paradise is to catch a ferry in Puerto Juarez or the Hotel Zone. It is totally worth it.


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When it comes to Islands, Holbox is that place where everyone who has been there will always want to come back.

A Caribbean environment will take over you, put your feet in the sand and let them guide you through, delicious gastronomy, party feeling, and unparalleled landscapes.

Besides that, if you come during the whale shark sighting season which is between June and September, you definitely don't want to miss the chance to see them.

And last but not least don't forget to put your sunglasses on, set up your favorite playlist on your phone, and don't worry about the rest.

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