What do you think of when you think of Cancun? Is it just a beach? Your college years? Maybe a friend’s honeymoon pictures on Facebook?
Beyond the festive beverages—little umbrellas!—beach chairs, and waterside tacos, there’s plenty of things to, you know, do. People forget that Cancun, which sits on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, is just hours away from Mayan ruins. The two sides of the city are what make it truly special. It’s just as easy to ruin your liver as it is to see historic ruins, just as convenient to hang glide as it is to nurse a hangover.
The best trips to this party paradise involve a balance in extremes. For every sun-soaked nap by the pool, take an afternoon to swim the depths of the stunning Caribbean Sea. For every electrifying night in the city center, fill a morning with some of the history surrounding you. Also, activities. Depending on where you live, you probably don’t often have a chance to zipline over a rainforest or come face to face with a 50,000-pound sea creature.
Here’s our choices for the seven best things to do in Cancun.