Although Cancun is usually bright, sunny, and warm, there are those inevitable days when the rain arrives and just won’t quit. The majority of activities in Cancun are based around the city’s beautiful beaches, but if you’re on vacation and the blue skies suddenly turn to gray, don’t worry, there are still plenty of activities to keep you entertained.
Here are some of the most fun things to do in Cancun when it rains.
Visit the Mayan Museum of Cancun
If you want to learn more about the Mexican Caribbean’s history and culture, the Mayan Museum of Cancun makes for a fascinating outing that will while away those hours when the rain’s falling outside.
Displaying over 400 artifacts from Mayan ruin sites such as Chichen Itzá and Palenque, there are three distinct areas at the museum, covering archaeology, Mayan civilization, and a temporary exhibition space with changing displays.
The museum buildings are also linked up with Cancun’s only Mayan ruin site, San Miguelito, which visitors can also explore during their museum visit.
Take a Mexican cooking class
If you want to pick up a new skill while Cancun’s rainy, then how about a Mexican cooking class? On this cooking and local market experience, first you’ll spend time in an authentic Mexican market selecting foods. You’ll then return to a fully-equipped kitchen where you’ll receive a class on how to cook like a local.
You’ll get to experience a fun afternoon while learning traditional Mexican cooking techniques, and preparing a 4-course meal of Mexican favorites which you can then enjoy with your cooking companions.
Go on a scuba diving or snorkeling trip
If you’re going to get wet anyway, why not use a rainy day as an excuse to enjoy a scuba diving or snorkeling tour? There are plenty to choose from in Cancun, here are a couple of suggestions:
- 4-in-1 snorkeling tour
Visit the MUSA underwater museum, explore a shipwreck, swim with turtles, and see the world’s second-largest coral reef on this 4-in-1 snorkel tour that’s ideal for first-time snorkelers.
- Diving in the Mexican Caribbean for Beginners
If you’re a beginner scuba diver without a diving certificate, this Diving in the Mexican Caribbean tour is perfect, as you’ll learn the basics of scuba in a pool before going underwater in the ocean to explore the Cancun Underwater Museum of Art, and an unspoiled section of coral reef.
Check out the Cancun Wax Museum
Cancun is home to a little-known attraction – the Cancun Wax Museum. Located in the Hotel Zone at La Isla shopping mall, it offers something a little different and will keep kids and grown-ups entertained on a wet Cancun afternoon.
With over 100 wax works, including classic favorites like Elvis and The Simpsons, plus sporting and movie stars, there are photo opportunities galore. It may not be the world’s best wax museum, but for some laughs, this is a good option to consider.
Do some shopping
Cancun is home to a wide range of shopping options, from the souvenir-filled Mercado 28 to the huge indoor Plaza Las Americas, located in downtown Cancun. Rain doesn’t have to mean a wasted day, as there are always fun things to do while shopping in Cancun. For example:
- Plaza Las America
With well-known favorites like Sears and Old Navy, as well as local stores, this vast shopping mall also houses a cinema, an extensive food court, and a casino, making it great for a full day out.
- Mercado 28
If you’re in the market for some souvenir shopping, Mercado 28 is one of Cancun’s most popular options, where you’ll find gifts from Day of the Dead-related trinkets to intricately embroidered purses, blankets, and wall hangings.
- Forum Cancun
Located in the Hotel Zone, the oceanfront Forum Cancun mall has a variety of stores, it houses the entrance to the CocoBongo Beach Club, and also has a first-floor food court that overlooks the sparkling, turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
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