04 Aug Top 10 in Cancun
Cancun is not only the biggest, brightest and liveliest resort in the Caribbean but is also one of the newest! Prior to 1968 all that existed was a sleepy fishing village, mangroves, swamps and of course awesome beaches. Then some really smart person recognised the potential of this unspoilt tip of Mexico and the rest is the say, history.
Top 10 Things To Do In Cancun
Chichen Itza: Whether you are into ancient ruins or not, a trip to the UNESCO listed 7 Wonders of the World is an absolute must for every visitor to Cancun. While it will take up a full beach day out of your holiday it is definitely worth the effort.
Tulum: Tulum was one of the last cities built by the Mayans and it was at its height between the 13th & 15th centuries. The arrival of the Spanish and European diseases ultimately saw its demise. But its cliff top location makes it well worth a visit.
Isla Mujeres: Isla Mujeres which translates as Island of Women is a beautiful, peaceful paradise just 12km from Cancun that is famous for its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Though laid back and tranquil, there is still plenty to see and do.
Nightlife: The nightlife in Cancun is legendary with no official closing time, though most tend to close between 3am & 4am. Without doubt it is the most happening destination anywhere in the region. See below, for our list of Top 10 Bars.
Shopping: As you would expect from one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, the shopping is equally impressive. You will find everything from ultra-chic designer stores and famous brand names, to flea markets and souvenir shops. The most popular malls are the ultra trendy La Isla Shopping Village and the Kukulkan Plaza & Luxury Avenue.
Diving: Warm waters and crystal clear seas are just two of the many good reasons to try diving in Cancun if you have not done so previously. Two more great reasons are the fact that just a short distance off the coast is the second largest barrier reef in the world (second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef) with incredible sea life and coral and then there is the underwater museum with more than 400 statues being reclaimed by the coral.
Xcaret: Pronounced Eshcaret, this eco-archaeological theme park is ready to blow your senses. Mayan history comes to life, underground rivers, shows, swimming with dolphins and so much more await your imagination. This is a fantastic day out for every age.
Cenote Tour: Cenotes are giant sink holes that provide access to pristine underground rivers. Traditionally seen as gateways to the gods where sacrifices and rituals were held. Today they provide the opportunity for the most magnificent underwater diving experience. No matter how experienced a diver you are this will leave you enthralled.
Swim with Whale Sharks: Despite their name, these giant creatures are not whales at all but are in fact the largest fish in the world coming in at around 40 feet long and weighing up to 15 tons in weight. These gentle giants are totally docile and unafraid and will leave you with the biggest fishy tales around.
Golf: Cancun and the surrounding area offers more than 15 golf courses to challenge every golfer from the seasoned pro to the enthusiastic hacker! Golf luminaries have laid down their mark here with courses designed by Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Jr and many more.
Top 10 Bars In Cancun
Carlos n Charlies: Live bands and DJ’s that play until the early hours. Reasonably priced drinks are on offer and the food which is surprisingly good will help keep up your energy all night.
Senor Frogs: A bar that is synonymous with Cancun and fun. Early evening is all about families and food claiming to be the ‘funniest family dinner in town’, while later on the party really gets going. Staff here are crazy…. this is one permanently happy party place.
Coco Bongo: The most popular club in Cancun. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you if you see Spiderman or other super hero’s flying through the air or Michael Jackson on stage, even the bar staff get involved. This is 100% rocket fuelled fun.
Mandala: One of the hippest places in town, this place is perennially popular. Lush colours and fabrics and ornate decor make the whole place feel like a luxurious VIP room that happens to open on to the street. Very cool place.
The City: Claiming to be the largest club in Latin America, this 3 storey club brings in top international artists like 50 Cent, Flo Rida, Snoop Dog and international DJ’s . Big screens, acrobats and live performers create an almost carnival atmosphere that you won’t want to leave.
La Vaquita: This casual open bar which translates as ‘Little Cow’ is decorated in red, black and cow prints! There are sexy dancers throughout the club and you can buy drinks by the litre. Popular amongst the guys!
Rose Bar: A sexy, stylish and intimate club at the weekends. Ladies night on a Friday night ensures all the beautiful people know where to come.
The Black Pub: An alternative to the big clubs, it is known for its good music and great food and is a hugely popular sports bar showing all the best local and international sports.
Hard Rock Cancun: Guilty, I’ m a Hard Rock fan! Though it could justifiably be classed as a restaurant, I also love the bar atmosphere too. Spread over two floors the Caribbean Sea forms the perfect back drop. If you want even more Hard Rock mania check out the Hard Rock Hotel here in Cancun.
Palazzo: One of the most recent clubs on the strip. Glamorous, stylish and full of beautiful people. Top acts, international DJ’s, pole dancers and more will definitely keep you entertained Guaranteed to keep you here till sun rise.
Top 10 Restaurants In Cancun
Marinero’s: Good quality sea food at a great price right in the heart of the hotel zone.
Rinos Pizza Time: Great quality pizza located in the heart of downtown and they will also do deliveries for you!
Puerto Madero: Argentinean cuisine is the specialty, where they serve lots of fresh seafood and prime steaks grilled to your specifications but they also offer excellent pasta and salads. Be sure to dress to impress.
Du Mexique: The cuisine here is an interesting mix of Mayan & French and is one of the standout restaurants in the whole area. Located in what used to be a private house this is a fantastic place to celebrate a special occasion.
La Pelapa Belga: This open-air, thatched roof restaurant is small and wonderful. It’s one of Cancun’s hidden treasures. Located in Cancun’s Hotel Zone but slightly off-the-beaten-path serving French and Belgian gourmet food.
Peter’s Restaurant: This cosy restaurant in downtown Cancun has only been open for a few years, yet it’s one of Cancun’s most popular eateries. Family owned and operated it is great value for money and considerably cheaper than if it was in the hotel zone.
Harrys Prime Steakhouse and Raw Bar: Prime cuts, dry-aged and Japanese kobe beef are what’s on offers in Cancun’s finest steak-house. Oversized portions of meat melt in your mouth and are accompanied by a mouth watering array of wines. Vegetarians stay away!
La Habichuela: Set in a lovely garden in downtown Cancun, the restaurant offers a delightful mix of Mayan, Mexican and Caribbean fair.
Casa Tequila: Reasonably priced restaurant serving excellent Mexican cuisine. Renowned for its superb service and cocktails not to mention its extensive tequila list. Located in the heart of the hotel zone.
Julia Mia: Excellent Mexican cuisine set in a contemporary setting in the heart of downtown. The chefs here take special pride in bringing traditional recipes to life.
Top 10 Foods To Eat
Tamales: The original ‘take away’ food. When Aztec soldiers were going to battle , they got pockets of corn dough and stuffed them with savouries or various fillings to have on the go. Fillings vary by region with different meats, cheeses, fruit and vegetables being used.
Guacamole: One of the most famous foods to come out of Mexico, this actually dates back to the Aztec period. Made from crushed avocados, chillies, lime, onions and more (there are regional varieties too), it is most popularly used as a side dish or dip.
Mole: This is actually a sauce used to accompany a variety of foods. Containing more than 20 ingredients and lots of stirring a surprising amount of work goes into the preparation of this popular local dish.
Enchiladas: This popular dish dates back to Mayan times. Originally corn tortillas were wrapped around fish, now they are wrapped around meat, chicken, vegetables or whatever you are having yourself.
Elote: Elote or Corn on the Cob is to be found for sale on nearly every street corner. What makes it special here are the range and variety of garnishes such as Salt, chilli powder, lime, butter, cheese mayonnaise, sour cream and more.
Baked Chicken Chimichangas: Deep fried burritos more commonly found around the border with Texas. This is most commonly served with rice, cheese, chicken and ‘secret sauces’ before being put in the oven…. mmmm!
Tostadas: Tortillas deep fried until crispy and served with various toppings and garnishes. Popular options include refried beans, sauces and meat.
Black Bean Chicken With Rice: This is a no fuss meal popular throughout the country and one that you can easily try at home. Lots of regional sauce varieties exist so it’s rare you will find two exactly the same. Just be careful on the Tabasco sauce depending on how hot you like your food.
Chilaquiles: This is a popular traditional breakfast found in many restaurants. The dish features lightly fried corn tortillas cut into quarters and topped with green or red salsa with the green being slightly less spicy and being more popular with tourists. On their own they might be a little dry so scrambled eggs and pulled chicken are usually added on top, as well as cheese and cream.
Tacos Al Pastor: A popular dish dating back almost 100 years and originating in the Middle East and the arrival of Lebanese migrants. It involves thin strips of pork sliced off a spit, placed on a corn tortilla and served with onions, coriander leaves and pineapple.