Cancun, Mexico, is a distinctively modern metropolis that is also a hotbed for first-rate shopping and sophisticated dining and nightlife. The hustle and bustle of this global city awaits, but if you’re craving a slower pace, you can venture south to the Riviera Maya, where coastal enclaves like Tulum promise travelers a healthy dose of luxury and seclusion.

Cancun’s waters offer more than most. Submerged between 13 and 27 feet below sea level, the Museo Subacuático de Arte fixes sculptures to the seabed and encourages coral growth on the underwater art. Snorkeling and scuba diving are the best ways to access this must-see museum. If underground adventure keeps calling, take a trip to Rio Secreto. This extensive underground system of caves, stalactites, and stalagmites is an awe-inspiring natural wonder. Partially flooded with crystal-clear water, the recently discovered river plays host to tours where you can walk and float your way through nearly half a mile of caves.

Want an above-ground adventure? Visit Chichén Itzá. One of the greatest Mayan centers of Mexico, this collection of ancient ruins is the second most visited site in Mexico and a treat for adventurers of all ages. Explore the preserved limestone architecture of temples, pyramids, and ball courts built as early as 550 A.D. Looking for something more old-world metro? Try Plaza Bonita. Built to resemble a Mexican village, this market is housed within Cancun’s largest flea market. Chock-full of craft stands, jewelry stores, and fine-art galleries, the plaza draws crowds of tourists and locals alike.

Cancun is calling you. Answer its siren song by booking a flight with Southwest®. Southwest Airlines® flies to Cancun International Airport, making your adventure even easier to begin. And when you book with Southwest, you can book with confidence, knowing that the process will be straightforward from flight selection to checkout. Of course, having a memorable international trip is about more than finding a great deal on a flight. Learn more about the Southwest® Experience and book your next flight to Cancun International Airport.

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Things to do in Cancun.

Can’t-miss beaches
  • Playa Delfines
  • Playa Tortugas
  • Tulum Ruins Beach
Outdoor adventures
  • Cenote trail
  • Ecological theme parks
  • Rio Secreto
Enriching outings
  • Chichén Itzá
  • Museo Subacuático de Arte
  • Xcaret archaeological park

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