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The Best Things To Do On A Cancun Honeymoon

Travis V
5 min read

A little bit of rest and relaxation is essential after the wonderful craziness of your wedding.

When honeymooning in Cancun, I'd recommend taking the first couple days to simply relax, enjoy each other and the beauty of the beach or your poolside at their hotel.

Once you are ready to venture out to explore the area, we've distilled some of our favorite things to do in Cancun. Depending on your mood and the level of activity you want, there are many things to do for couples on honeymoon in Cancun or the Riviera Maya. Here are some of our favorite tours and activities that we’ve personally tried, tested and suggest for your honeymoon vacation.

Relaxing Things To Do Near Cancun - Get On a Boat!

Woman and man embracing on the beach.

Sail On A Catamaran To Isla Mujeres - A full day experience with snorkeling, buffet Mexican lunch and open bar.

Sunset Sail In Cancun - 2 hours to enjoy the sunset from a catamaran.

Two Islands In One Day - Visit the famed Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy in just one day on this awesome adventure. Snorkeling, amazing views, great food.

Cultural Experiences On Your Honeymoon

A group of people inside a temazcal.

Whether your a foodie, interested in seeing Mayan ruins or seeking a mystical experience with a local Mayan shaman, there's something for you both to enjoy.

  • Temazcal Ceremony - This is one of the more meaningful ways you can both learn about the local Mayan culture and experience a personal awakening alongside your new spouse. Take part in an ancient ceremony, and explore the heart of the jungle alongside a knowledgeable private tour guide, and a Mayan shaman.

  • Cenotes & Mayan Ruins Tour - These freshwater sinkholes are incredible places to swim, take photos and learn about their mystical history. They are quite unique to the Yucatan peninsula and make for a fun way to explore the surrounding jungle. There's no doubt this private tour is an incredible way to see an amazing cenote and the famous Mayan ruins of Coba. If you're looking for a more budget friendly way to see ruins, cenotes and Playa Del Carmen here is the cheapest way to do it.

  • Xoximilco - Eat dinner and enjoy great music on the canals in a Gondola boat. Based on the famous neighborhood of Xochimilco district's waterways built by the Aztecs near Mexico City. Two trajineras (boats) on a river at night.

  • Chichen Itza Day Tour - This is one of the new wonders of the world and definitely a bucket-list item. If you're cool with waking up early and 2-2.5 hour drive each way then give this a go!

  • Cancun Taco Tour - Enjoy authentic street tacos in Cancun along with beer, margarita and great local guides that will show you the best highlights around. While I haven't done this one personally, I've heard good things.

Easy & Nearby Tours From Cancun

One of the challenges about tours in Cancun is there is can be a huge distance between your hotel and the place where you want to go. This means a decent bit of travel time in a van or bus. But, sometimes you just want to hang around the resort for part of the day vs spending an entire day on tour. Or you're looking for something that doesn't require much time to get there at all. Here's a few great options if you're staying in Cancun.

  • 2-Person Speedboat Through The Mangroves - Enjoy a trip through the mangroves near Cancun on a 2-hour tour based right in the main Hotel Zone, making it super easy to pair this with other activities for the day.

Speedboats sailing through mangroves viewed from above.

  • Rent A Jet Ski - The ultimate test to see if you actually trust your partner to drive. Get your thrills and views from the ocean in one action packed hour. Based right out of the Hotel Zone and particularly fun for couples.

  • Xavage - This is the most extreme of all the Xcaret parks and located just minutes outside of Cancun. Ziplines, speedboats, off-road vehicles and even the only white water rafting in the Yucatan!

Snorkeling Tours On Cancun Honeymoon

The very best snorkeling around is found out on the island of Cozumel off the coast of Cancun. It is worth a day-trip out there and if you don't mind the extra expense taking the flight from Cancun will give you great views and save a bunch of travel time over the ferry from Playa Del Carmen. Closer to Cancun, there are some pretty solid options as well.

Couple snorkeling and looking at the camera

  • Puerto Morelos - This snorkeling tour in Puerto Morelos let's you enjoy a beautiful reef and leaves time to relax in the quaint fishing town just south of Cancun. If you want to step up the adventure you can add on ziplines, ATVs and a cenote following your snorkel in a full-day combo.

  • Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour - What’s more romantic than a giant fish? But seriously, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and highly recommended if you’re visiting from May to August when the whale shark season is at its peak.

  • Akumal Sea Turtles and Cenote - Guaranteed to see sea turtles and the chance to explore an underground cenote is a very fun and bonding adventure.

  • Cozumel 3 Reef Snorkel - Take a catamaran to snorkel three of Cozumel's more famous reefs and relax at a beach club when you're all done. Here's a few other tours on Cozumel that involve snorkeling too.

Visit Cozumel

Catamaran sailing at sunset

Cozumel is a romantic island that offers a bit of peace and quiet away from the mainland of Mexico. It makes for a great day trip or overnighter. You can get there by taking the ferry from Playa Del Carmen, but I’d recommend you fly out for the day ($160 each roundtrip roughly) if you are staying in Cancun.

On Cozumel, there are tons of things to do ranging from Jeep Tours to Submarines and everything in between. Personally, I’d recommend you test your trust in your newlywed partner’s driving on a dune buggy tour around the island. See who will be be dominating in the kitchen with a cooking class or just relax on a catamaran while you enjoy the world-class snorkeling offered on the island before you head back to Cancun.

Honey, What To Do?

While there are nearly endless things to do in Cancun on a honeymoon, this list is just a few of our favorites. I hope this list is helpful and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions as we love helping folks like you plan incredible trips, especially something as special as your honeymoon!

Travis V
Travel Enthusiast
Travis Vaughan is the CEO of Tourbase and has been working in and around travel and tourism since he was a student. He lived in the Caribbean for years and has traveled extensively through Mexico and Central America. He creates and edits travel content across Tourbase's many regional markets drawing on both his expertise in the business of tourism and his lifelong passion for international travel.

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