Explore a world of Caribbean bliss, archaeological treasures, white-sand beaches and blue water. Cancun offers pristine golf courses, sophisticated malls, downtown open-air markets and world-renowned restaurants and nightlife that are famous throughout Mexico and the world.
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun is the perfect place to discover all that the Yucatan Peninsula has to offer.
123 miles / Two and a half hour drive
The ancient pyramids and temples of Chichen-Itza were once the foundation of one of the Yucatan’s most vigorous city during the 10th to 12th centuries. Exploring the site by foot and walking through some of the impressive structures is the best way to experience the beauty and architecture of this majestic landmark.
107 miles / 2 hour and 20 minutes drive
Hidden deep inside the jungle of Eastern Yucatan Peninsula the ancient city of Cobá stretches over 100 square kilometers/60 square miles. Having thrived during the Classic period between 250 – 900 AD, the area contains two adjacent lagoons that shelter migratory and endemic bird species, as well as reptiles.
SWIMING WITH THE WHALE SHARK
The Mexican Caribbean is home to the largest concentration of whale sharks - the largest fish in the world! Be part of nature’s most amusing extravaganza and swim with the 50-foot long creatures. A Cancun’s only activity you don’t want to miss.
MUSA – Underwater Museum
A 5 minute drive to the pier, followed by a 30 minute boat ride to Isla Mujeres
Dive in the first underwater museum in Mexico and the largest in the world. Designed by artist Jason de Caires, its motto is to foster the conservation of the largest coral reef in the Americas. With over 400 sculptures, MUSA invites colorful fishes, corals and marine life to form around this unique art collection. Snorkel and diving tours are available. MUSA is an ongoing project and when completed will exhibit over 2,000 sculptures
45 miles / One hour and fifteen minute drive from Cancun
One of Mexico’s most beautiful ecological parks, Xcaret’s main attraction is an underground river that is safe and great to swim in. The park also features a small Mayan ruin, aquarium, botanical garden, aviary, butterfly farm, archaeological museum and five restaurants.
As the sun sets, Xcaret park beams with the sights, sounds and colors of the most complete folkloric show. This amazing choreographed production is internationally known and recognized, re-tracing Mexico’s rich heritage and fascinating history.
75 miles away / =One hour and a half drive from Cancun
Xel-Ha is a natural aquarium cut out of the limestone shoreline. Known as “Where water is born,” this is a place of exceptional beauty and tranquility dedicated to preserving the integrity of the flora, fauna, and nature’s pristine waters. Guests will have an opportunity to explore the inlet’s corners and observe the countless multicolored fish.
Water Jungle Safari
A short 5 minute walk to Barracuda marina (speed boats) / 5 minute drive to Aquaworld marina (offers aquaray boats)
Enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean waters from the helm of your own boat on a guided tour, as you experience a world of tropical birds, plants and marine life. An exciting tour through dense mangroves provides an opportunity to enjoy some of nature’s finest sights. For those who want to explore the world of living coral and colorful fish, a snorkeling stop at one of the largest reefs in the Western Hemisphere is part of this aquatic adventure.
Deep Sea Fishing
5 miles to the pier / A 15 minute drive to the pier, followed by a one hour boat ride to the fishing area
For the sport-fishing enthusiast, the waters of the Mexican Caribbean are filled with a variety of fish including Red Snapper, Barracuda, Bonito, Horse Mackerel, Dorado and Wahoo. From April through July, when Marlin and Sailfish migrate through the area, sport fishers from all over the world travel to Cancun to test their skill against these powerful creatures.
Swim with Dolphins in Cancun
1 mile to the aquarium / 7 minute drive
Swimming with dolphins is an experience of a lifetime. This wonderful adventure is enclosed in a controlled environment at the Aquarium. Discover the magic of these magnificent animals up close and personal.
Chikin-Ha Mayan Zip Lines
58 miles / One and a half hour drive from Cancun
An incredible combination of Mayan culture, breath-taking natural cenotes for snorkeling, thrilling man made zip lines, delicious traditional Yucatan regional cuisine and unforgettable adventure activities. Zip-line routes join three cenotes. For those who would rather fly through the jungle than walk, this is your opportunity to do so in style.
Swim with Dolphins at Isla Mujeres
5 miles to the pier / A 15 minute drive to the pier, followed by a 45 minute boat ride
After a refreshing boat adventure to Isla Mujeres, you’ll enjoy the excitement of swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat. Discover the magic of these magnificent animals up close and personal. After your swim you’ll relax and enjoy the charm of this Mexican fishing village.
- 6 – 8 hour activity
- Beach attire is required and a change of clothing is suggested
- Pregnant women and children under 12 are not permitted to participate in this activity
72 miles / One hour and forty-five minute drive from the hotel
Jungle Crossing offers an action-packed day that combines 4x4 trekking, the exotic jungle, the Caribbean Sea, the second longest underground river system in the world, snorkeling, kayaking and an encounter with the Mayan culture that seems a world removed from ours. This unique and exciting expedition will take you on a journey of discovery into some of the most magnificent natural wonders in Mexico.
Kukulcan Plaza and Luxury Avenue
within walking distance / 5 minutes
Kukulcan Plaza is an indoor mall in Cancun and is just minutes away from The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun. The mall has 250 unique shops and boutiques such as Mont Blanc, Fendi and Cartier, among many others. Guests looking for a selection of Signature shops will be pleased with their findings. Along with an enticing selection of delectable restaurants, this is truly a shopper’s delight.
Mercado 28 in Downtown Cancun
11 miles / 30 minutes
An exciting shopping opportunity awaits where bartering is part of the experience. Friendly vendors, anxious to make a deal, display handmade items such as rugs and blankets, pottery, jewelry, and coveted Yucatan hammocks.
La Isla Shopping Mall
1 mile / 10 minutes
Surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, this shopping mall is located a short drive from The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun. La Isla Shopping Village creates a Caribbean atmosphere with indoor and outdoor stores, restaurants, cafes and attractions.