You can't visit Mexico's party capital without sampling its world-famous nightlife. Start your evening with sunset drinks at happy hour in the Hotel Zone, and then head to Kukulcén Boulevard for a colourful choice of bars and clubs. For something more traditional, several hotels host Mexican fiesta nights, where you can enjoy dinner and a traditional dance show.
There's a dazzling choice of things to do in Cancun, from the chilled out to the adventurous. Relax in a world-class spa, enjoy a round of golf on courses designed by the biggest names in the business, or indulge in some retail therapy in the many malls and shopping areas. On the water, there's snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, pirate ship adventures and dinner cruises.
For a change of pace, visit this friendly, chilled-out fishing village. Spend a day soaking up Puerto Morelos' bohemian charm; lunch on freshly caught fish at a beachfront restaurant; spot spider monkeys in the lush botanical gardens; enjoy some leisurely shopping around the main square; swim and snorkel, or visit the cenotes, beautiful freshwater pools formed by underground rivers.
Just 7km long and 650m wide, this special little island is well worth the short boat trip from Cancun. Here you can swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery, meet endangered giant sea turtles at a turtle farm, snorkel through the reefs of Garrafon Park, do a little souvenir shopping or just relax under a palm tree on the island's white beaches.