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The Yucatán Península in Mexico has enough to do for weeks, or even months! This tropical paradise is full of adventure, beautiful beaches, and delicious food. Because of this, we've decided to help you see all of the options!


There are a ton of great places to stay, and you could easily spend a week in each one. We spent a full month in the Yucatán Península in Mexico, and we could have stayed for another. The weather is great, and there is something for everyone to enjoy.


So let's jump right in! Here are 30 awesome things to do in the Yucatán Península.


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1. Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is one of the 7 wonders of the world! Along with Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, and the Colosseum, this is a place you'll want to add to your bucket list. Not only is this area huge, but it is full of history. Check out the incredibly well designed pyramids, and experience the magical vibe in the air.


Because it's one of the highlights of the country, it's hard not to recommend this as a spot to see in the Yucatán Península! Since we always aim for unique things, we believe this archeological spot can't be missed out on. 

Chichen Itza, Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico

2. Hacienda Mucuyche

No trip to the Yucatán Pen´insula in Mexico is complete without checking out at least one cenote. Our absolute favorite cenote was near Merida. Located at Hacienda Mucuyche, the cenote is just an hour away from the city.


The Hacienda is an ancient residence, and takes reservations for tours that last two hours. The guide will take you through the ruins, and tell you about the history of the hacienda. Then they will then will take you to a series of cenotes, connected with caves, and even a waterfall at the end!


Hacienda Mucuyche, Yucatan Peninsulaxico

The ticket is 480 pesos (about $24 USD), and tours go each hour from 9 am to 3 pm. Additionally, there is a restaurant on site, a pool, showers, fitting rooms, and a shop full of local crafts and jewelry. To get here it is best to rent a car, and to call in advance for a reservation.

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3. Cenote Suytun

Around 40 minutes east from the city center of Valladolid lies a very unique cenote. Suytun is a "younger" cenote than others. However, don't be fooled, as it is still very old! Actually, it is still a few million years old. You can notice this because its ceiling remains almost completely closed.


There's only one small hole where light goes in, and that is what is so beautiful about this place. Years ago, a platform was built from the side going into the middle of the cenote. The round platform is located right under the opening. So when the light goes in, a halo of light illuminates the platform, creating a magical spot that looks straight out of a fairy tale.

Cenote Suytun, Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico

However, be aware that things are constantly changing. We visited right after a tropical storm that overflowed the cenote, leaving the platform 9 feet under water! Also, we found out that the halo of light only matches the platform during the months of June, July and August (we went in October). 


Due to these factors, make sure to be prepared. You'll want to keep all of this in mind if you want that special photo. Nevertheless, this is a truly special place, and will leave you speechless.

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4. Cenote Calavera

We love this spot because it is actually walking distance from downtown Tulum! (about a half hour exactly). The cenote features a rope swing, ladder, and two holes to jump in. Due to it's unique features, it has become one of the most popular spots for tourists!


The entrance is 250 pesos (about $12 USD), and it is open from 9am to 5 pm. Keep in mind that tripods, professional cameras, and Go Pros all have an extra charge of 100-200 pesos each.


Cenote Calavera, Instagrammable spots in Tulum

5. Gran Cenote

This cenote is one of the most popular swimming spots in all of Tulum. We aren't a fan of the way it is managed. However, we have to say that the cenote is pretty gorgeous, and a cool place to check out in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.


At Gran Cenote there are two large areas of the cenote, that are connected by a large cave. The one to the right is (in our opinion) the more beautiful of the two, and usually less crowded. Swim on over through the cave to the other side and you will experience beautiful turquoise waters, turtles swimming around, and a small cave on the other side.

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Gran cenote is just a few minute drive up the road passing Cenote Calavera. Please note that you cannot bring tripods, professional cameras, or drones here. Although they have lockers for rental, they will not even allow you to use them to store those particular belongings. Unfortunately, because of this, they will simply not let you in if you have any of these.

Gran Cenote, Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico


Another thing to know before you go is that when you enter you must shower and wash your hair. This is because they do not want any harmful oils from products that could be in your hair or on your body. Then after that, you will see the area with lockers to store your belongings after for an extra charge, The cenote entrance itself is 300 pesos or $15 USD.

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6. Izamal

Located just an hour outside the center of Merida is a truly unique town. Despite many cities in the Yucat´an Península in Mexico being colorful, Izamal is different. This is because it is almost completely yellow!


Wander the streets of houses, shops, and churches completely painted in yellow. Also, don't miss out on the main attraction of Convento de San Antonio. 


Izamal yellow city, Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico

Izamal is painted from to bottom in yellow.

To get here from Merida there is a small bus station on Calle 50 and the number is 521. For a reference you can look for the yellow arch, and it is just a few doorways down. The cost of the bus is 31 pesos, which is only about $1.50 USD each way. Make sure to ask for times, as the last bus going back for us was at 4:30.


7. Las Coloradas

Have you ever seen a pink lake? Well, an hour and a half north from Valladolid you will find Río Lagartos. This is a town by the shore from where you can go visit the famous 'Las Coloradas'.


Due to the high concentration of salt and microorganisms living in it, the waters of the lakes are a bright pink hue. It is definitely a fascinating experience in the Yucatán Península in Mexico.

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This cute island is just two hours north of Cancún. Believe or not, it has some breathtaking experiences that will make you seriously consider visiting. From swimming with whale sharks, to experiencing bioluminescence, this is definitely a place to add to your bucket list for the Yucatán Península in Mexico.

Holbox, yucatan peninsula in Mexico
Holbox Island, yucatan peninsula in Mexico
Colorful town Holbox, yucatan peninsula in Mexico

Holbox is one of the most colorful islands in Mexico.

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Welcome to Holbox! If we ask you to name a Mexican beach destination, there’s no doubt that Cancún will probably be the top answer. What a lot of people don’t know is that there’s so much more than just the city in the area.This cute island is just two hours

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Unlike Holbox, Isla Mujeres is much easier to reach from Cancún. The port of Cancún in less than 20 minutes from the city center. Then from there, you're just a short ferry away from the island.


Not only does Isla Mujeres have some of the most beautiful beaches, but also it's fun to travel through. We love renting a golf cart so that we can just drive next to the water, and enjoy the good vibes of the island.

Isla Mujere, places to stay in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico


Another great thing to do here is the MUSA. This is an underwater museum with 500 statues which was created to promote coral life. Tourism took over, and now it is one of the best things to do in Cancún & Isla Mujeres. Want to learn more about this island? Click Here!


10. Cozumel

This not-so-little island is 45 minutes away from Playa del Carmen. Just take the ferry from the main port and it will take you straight into downtown Cozumel. Visited by several cruise ships each day, Cozumel is one of the cruise industry's most popular stops. 


Due to its crystal clear waters, delicious food, & tropical vibes, this is a great Caribbean destination. Also, this small island has so much more to offer than just the beach! 

Cozumel, Mexico, things to do in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico
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Paradie Resort, Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel is one of the most popular cruise ports int he world.

Cozumel is also world known for being a great spot for divers. So don't miss out on experiencing the vibrant marine life. If you want to know more about what to do on this island, check out the full article we wrote for you.

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11. Experience Bioluminescence

If you have ever created a bucket list and this is not on it, this is the best time to add it. Bioluminescence is a phenomenon that comes from microorganisms like plankton. Due to a chemical reaction, light shines from them when they’re moved or touched, and this can be experienced in Holbox.


Just like in the movie “Avatar”, it looks like everything has energy and connects to the sea. But the best part? It happens almost every single day! The only thing that needs to happen is that there has to be complete darkness (not even moon light). So the best time to experience this is from approximately 4:00 to 6:00 in the morning.

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To do this activity, we strongly recommend you to book a tour or bargain with a local. Bioluminescence cannot be found in every area of the island. So unless you have a boat to move around, it will be hard for you to actually find this on your own (at least on a large scale).


Because this is such a unique experience, this is definitely one of the best things to do in the Yucatán Península in Mexico.


12. Save the Turtles

Right on the island of Cozumel, between the months of April and November, is one of the sweetest experiences we have ever encountered.

 

On this excursion you will be taken in a small group to a local beach, where you will dig in the sand to find baby turtles who need help being saved.  This is usually done through some cruise ships, but can also be set up separately.

save the sea turtles, experiences in Mexico

Helping to save the turtles is one of the best things to do in the Yucatán Península in Mexico.

Once you get all of the turtles you will release them into the sea to begin their life. There are only a few spots in the world where you can experience this, and the Yucatán Península in Mexico is one of them!


13. Swim with Whale Sharks

For those of you who are more daring, get ready- because this is a great opportunity for a rush of adrenaline. Every year, many whale sharks visit various areas in the Yucatán península in Mexico, and you can dive with them.


So get an oxygen tank and a mask. and get ready to experience one heck of a day. Get ready to dive into the sea to meet your new gigantic-sized friends!


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14. Sail on a Catamaran

What could be more fun than going with your group on a private boat? Catamaran trips can be found in Cancún, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel. They usually run around 4 hours, and there are all types and sizes. Catamarans typically include food, unlimited drinks, snorkeling, and a stop at a beautiful beach. What could be more perfect?

 

Expect to pay between $60-80/person. If you have a small group there are shared catamaran. However, if you have a big group you can rent your own private charter! Try to find a contact in advance, as getting them the day of can be a little more difficult.

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catamaran in Cozumel, Mexico
catamaran in Cozumel, Mexico

Sailing around in catamaran is one of our favorite things to do in the Yucatán Península in Mexico.

15. Kaan Luum Lagoon

Located just a half hour from the center of Tulum, is an amazing lagoon to check out. While seen from a birds eye perspective, Kaan Luum shows a large round area of water in which the color completely changes.


They have swings and hammocks that sit in the water, a long pier, and lounge chairs for relaxing. Want to get an awesome panorama? They even have stairs to a platform for a great view of the lagoon.


Laguna Kaan Luum, Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico

They are open from 9 am to 5 pm and the cost is just 100 pesos ($5 USD) to enter. Drones are allowed but there is an extra charge of 150 pesos for using them.

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16. Tulum Hotel Zone

Tulum is an Instagrammer's dream! The chic atmosphere is shown in every corner of this city, so grab your camera and get ready for some beautiful photo opportunities! Tulum is a must-visit for those on their first trip to the Yucatán Península in Mexico.

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Hun hand Tulum, Mexico

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17. Faro de Cancún

One of the top destinations for tourists in the Yucatán Península in Mexico is Cancún. But Cancún isn't just a place for an all-inclusive getaway or partying with your friends. On the North Western tip of Cancún you can find a beautiful red and white lighthouse.


The lighthouse is actually located on a resort. However, if you would like to visit you can walk around on the beach to access it. Head there for sunrise or sunset for an extra magical experience.

Faro de Cancun, hidden gems in Mexico


18. Cancún Street Art

Head over to downtown Cancún to find some more vibrant and local vibes, Here you can find plenty of street art from local artists, and get a taste of what it's like outside of the large resorts of the hotel zone.


This particular piece you can find located right next to Fiesta Party Hostel on Calle 5 Alcatraces. Want more? Additionally, there is a square nearby called Jardin del Arte (Garden of Art), with plenty of other fun pieces.

downtown Cancun, colorful spots in Mexico


19. Playa Delfines, Cancún

One of the main things that people think of when they think of the Yucatán Península in Mexico, is without-a-doubt the pristine beaches. One of our personal favorites is in Cancún! Despite the majority of the best beaches being taken over by the big all-inclusive resorts, Playa Delfines is actually a public beach.


Cancun, places to stay in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico

This beach features the most turquoise waters you will ever see and silky smooth sand. And the best part? It is free of charge!

What are the best things to do in Cancun? Look this up and chances are you'll find the same info. Many times you will find pictures of people chilling at a huge pool in a resort, or young adults partying in the famous clubs. But we're here to tell you

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20. Puerto Morelos

This adorable town is located just halfway between Cancún and Playa del Carmen. Because it is just a half hour from both major cities, it is the perfect day trip to check out.


Puerto Morelos isn't big, but it does have a lot to offer! Head over to "La Ruta de Los Cenotes" for a string of off-the-beaten-path cenotes. Or you can head over to the beach to see the tilted lighthouse.

Puerto Morelos, Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico

We love this spot because it is far enough to be a hidden gem, but close enough that it can be easily reached (by car).

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Kin Ha Cenotes, cenotes in Mexico