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Top 7 Free Things To Do In Cancun

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Adventures are limitless in Cancun. When touring the city visitors can explore within the comfort of their resort or go outdoors to witness sea life, nature, attractions, and local culture.

Here are seven of the many exciting things visitors can do when in Mexico’s renowned city for little to no cost.

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Explore mural art in downtown Cancun

Mexico’s local culture dwells in art and expression which can be witnessed in the northern area of downtown Cancun. Tourists can take a walk around the area and see colorful artworks painted on mural walls. The art has been made by renowned Mexican and Brazilian artists and includes popular artworks such as the Boy, Jaguar, and Eagle mural.

Cancun downtown art
Credit: Marriott Traveler

Visit Playa Tortugas Beach

Take a stroll through one of Cancun’s beautiful beaches any time of year for free. The beach has shallow waters which allow its visitors to go swimming or do other activities. A pier is also located on the beach, where adventurers can enjoy bungee jumping from the top of a 25-meter tall tower. 

tourists jumping in cancun waters

Go to Parque Las Palapas

Due to Cancun’s vibrant performing arts community, the city is a popular stop among national and international musicians on tour. Parque Las Palapas is a popular park in downtown Cancun. The park has a large central stage and diverse plaza that hosts cultural fairs, concerts, and plays. Live theater and street performances are available for visitors to watch, while the park can also be used for activities such as cycling, jogging, games, and picnics.

Red macaw in a tree branch Cancun

Stroll through Kabah Urban Park

Spot wild birds and iguanas at this spacious forest park during your stay in Cancun. Although Kabah Urban Park is commonly used among joggers for its running trail, visitors can take a slow stroll through the park to capture all its native wildlife such as birds, spider monkeys, iguanas, and coatis. The park is free and can be used as a nice change from the regular beach sceneries tourists explore when vacationing in the city.

Cancun downtown tourists

Browse items at Mercado 28

This local crafts market contains over 100 stalls of cool items for tourists to browse when visiting downtown Cancun. The market offers beautiful handicrafts made from materials like leather, silver and glass. Henna tattoo and hair braiding services are available for a few pesos, and when heading into the middle of the market, restaurants with authentic mexican dishes can be found. 

El Rey Mayan Ruins in Cancun

Visit El Rey Archaeological Zone

This ancient Mayan site is located in the southern end of Zona Hotelera and can be visited for a cost of around $2.50 USD paid at the entrance. More than 45 stone structures are available to observe, which includes a temple and the burial site of an important figure. The site is an excellent place to learn more about ancient civilization.

tourists at resort beach view

Tour through Playa Delfines Beach

This free beach gives tourists the ability to rest on a quiet yet stunning shore and perform activities such as swimming and surfing through the beach’s rough waves. 

tourists surfing in Cancun

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