Cancun for Friends
Collected by Max Power
Surrounded by Mayan ruins and one of the most luxurious tropical environments in the world, Cancun is rich with cultural and natural history. Its vibrancy attracts visitors year-round.
Blvd. Kukulcán KM.9 ,Plaza Party Center, Punta Cancun, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Located in an alley behind Dady'O, this taquéria dishes up the best arrachera and tacos al pastor in the hotel zone, and the price is right. The atmosphere is laid back and can be noisy, but it's been a longtime favorite with locals and tourists...
Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 9.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Look out Las Vegas, Coco Bongo is in town. This wild dance club, in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone, is packed with live shows—everything from faux Queen or Madonna to bar-top conga lines and airborne acrobats. Make sure to bring your dancing...
Blvd. Kukulcan 19, Punta Cancun, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Delphines Public Beach, the first beach on the strip, offers a wide swath of cool white sand and fresh blue sea to explore. This is a great place to sit in the shade of your own palapa, watch the water change colors, and cool off with a romp in...
Km 14.7, Blvd. Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Driving your own tiny speed boat will leave you exhilarated and breathless. Most travelers come to Cancun for its pristine beaches, but just across the narrow strip of land known as the hotel zone is an enormous lagoon. Zipping across the water in...
Av Yaxchilán, 2 de Febrero, 29086 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chis., Mexico
After dark, locals and tourists alike gather on this avenue. Here, you’ll see a blend of affordable downtown hotels side by side dimly lit dive bars, but the street is mostly known for its colorful eateries serving authentic Mexican food:...
Blvd Kukulcan Km 11.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Crafting the perfect tequila in Mexico is both a tradition and art. Contrary to its perception in America, here it's a drink meant to be relished. A tour of the Museo Del Tequila is an experience for the senses that walks you through the...
Blvd Kukulcan Km 9.5, Punta Cancun, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Mandala is the perfect place for a dressed-up, energetic night out. It's a lively scene with a lounge-like ambiance. Expect a fun night of dancing with plenty of VIP hideaways if it gets too hectic. This club caters to an upscale crowd so...
Av. Tulúm y Claveles No. 1 MZ.5, SM.22, 22, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
If you are looking for the center of local life, El Centro is where it all happens. The surrounding resident and expat communities come here for the markets, malls, and affordable eats. The seashell sculpture in the round about on Avenida Tulum is...
Boulevard Kukulcan KM 13 , LOCAL 410 y 411A, Benito Juárez, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Centrally located in the Hotel Zone, Kukulcan Plaza is an upmarket mall with about 300 internationally known brands, boutiques, and jewelry stores. For a break and a bite, you can stop at one of the delicious restaurants surrounding the mall's...
Gladiolas Retorno 7 12, 22, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Tucked inside of Hotel Xbalamqué, El Pabilo Cafe is host to one of Cancun's great art scenes. Enjoy a cup of naturally roasted coffee, typically ground by hand, while admiring photography, books and paintings from local artists, all in the center...
21, 77505 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Soccer is a South American institution. For unique and exciting experience in Mexico catch a soccer match. Atlante, a national team and club is based in Cancún, plays often to a crowd of excited fans. It's worth the visit and tickets are...
Joaquín Zetina Gasca, Q.R., Mexico
Sweet, sugary, colorful, flaky, rich, eggy bread. It comes on a bicycle. If you sit on a street corner in any of the pueblos along Mexico's Mayan Riviera coast, it will pass by. All you need to do is wait. Of course the tamales bike will pass by...
Boulevard Kukulkan, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
For traditional Mexican handicrafts, Mercado Coral Negro is the easiest place to find all your wares. Here you can purchase jewelry, mayan relics, and unique creations from all over the region. The most beautiful items are the embroidered garments...
Carr. Cancún - Tulum Km 31, 77580 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Cancun offers lots of opportunities for kids and adults alike to get close to marine life, including whale sharks, dolphins, and sea lions, both on the open sea and in contained environments such as the city's interactive aquarium. For younger...
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