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Ahoy mateys!! All aboard for a grand pirate adventure in Cancun! The Captain Hook Cancun pirate tour is one of the most famous and popular Cancun tours ever and for good reason! It’s all about great fun, good food and a dynamic night of excitement on the high seas.

Pirate ships Cancun Captain Hook

As you approach the Captain Hook Cancun docks, you’ll be amazed by the spectacle of the stunning replicas of Spanish galleons. Built in Spain with great attention to detail, the galleons are 93 ft long and each has a capacity of 285 guests! While the decor is all ancient pirate style, the galleons are actually equipped with the latest technology for state of the art sound and light shows and of course, air conditioned comfort in the interior salon to beat the heat of Cancun.

Pirate ship Captain Hook Cancun

The sound of the cannons announce your departure as you set sail for fun! The Captain of the pirate ship takes the lead and will be your host for the evening, inviting you to participate in hilarious contests, dances and keeping spirits high. With the open bar going all night, we expect everyone to report to the dance floor! The pirate crew will ensure you never go thirsty, grog for everyone! Well, margaritas if you prefer.

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Dinner is served by your attentive pirate crew, you can choose your flavor with options for surf n turf, steak, lobster, chicken or vegetarian meals, grilled to perfection by the master pirate chefs! But beware, what’s that noise? What’s all the commotion?

Pirate ship tour cancun

It’s an attack! Rival pirates are approaching, ready to do battle with the crew of the Captain Hook Cancun ship, with swords clanging and pirates flying through the air, it’s a fun fight to the finish where the good guys always win! With fireworks and a dance party to celebrate, this is THE best night out in Cancun for the whole family!

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me! Are you ready for your own swashbuckling adventure? Book your Captain Hook Cancun Pirate tour with mycancuntours.com today!

 

 

“A brave heart and a courteous tongue. They shall carry thee far through the jungle, manling.”- Rudyard Kipling

Cancun may be famous for the white sandy beaches but did you know it sits in a lush tropical jungle perfect for embracing your inner Mowgli? There areincredible Cancun activities waiting for you, welcome to the jungle (we’ve got fun and games!)

 

Loma Bonita Cancun cenote

Loma Bonita Cancun is one of our favorite places to enjoy a jungle experience! This family-run Cancun adventure park is located on the famous “Cenote Route” in Puerto Morelos, about 30 minutes from the hotel zone of Cancun. This is not your big corporate park, the family has ensured a truly authentic and personal experience! From the moment you enter Loma Bonita cancun, you are family too, an integral part of the jungle clan.

Loma Bonita Cancun zipline tour

There are four fabulous Cancun activities for you to discover at Loma Bonita! First, you’ll enjoy the element of air as you soar over the jungle canopy on a wicked fun zipline circuit. No experience necessary, a Cancun zipline tour at Loma Bonita includes knowledgeable guides and top of the line safety equipment, newbies and pros alike will love the adrenaline rush!

Cancun horseback riding at Loma Bonita Cancun

Anyone with a love for horses will ADORE a Cancun horseback ride at Loma Bonita, totally in touch with nature, the peace of the jungle and the sounds of the horses breath and rhythmic hooves will bring you a sense of contentment and connection with the element of earth that we all desperately need, a break from technology and the fast-paced world we live in!

Cancun atv tour Loma bonita

Fire things up on a powerful ATV and really get the adrenaline flowing! Fast track through wide jungle trails then carefully navigate through narrow paths over roots and puddles and mud, OH MY! The Cancun ATV excursion at Loma Bonita Cancun will have you whooping and laughing and high fiving your travel buddies, what a rush!

Cenote Mojarras zipline at Loma Bonita Cancun

Last but certainly not least, Loma Bonita Cancun is home to an ancient marvel, an open cenote that is perfect for a refreshing swim! Leap from a high tower, dare to fly on the zipline and land in the water or simply float and look at the clouds passing by. Cenote Mojarras is a lush and lovely oasis in the jungle and the perfect way to conclude your day of Cancun adventure.

Take the path less traveled, be brave, be courteous and be a part of the jungle family at Loma Bonita Cancun! Reserve today for a fabulous Cancun tour for the whole clan! 

 

Long walks on the beach, breakfast in bed with a view of the sea, stolen kisses underwater and holding hands while marveling at the stars, a romantic Cancun vacation is the best way to share special moments with the one you love!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we would take a moment to suggest our favorite romantic things to do in Cancun all year round. Ready honeymooners?

Lobster Dinner Cruise Cancun

The Columbus Cancun Lovers Cruise

Embark on an evening of romance on board a stunning Spanish galleon on the Nichupte Lagoon. Watch the sun set and the moon rise as you sip wine and listen to the sweet sounds of live saxophone and the waves lapping at the bow. Fresh grilled steak and lobster, an open bar, dancing on deck and the tropical heat of Cancun all help set the scene for romance and amor on the Columbus Lobster Dinner Cruise Cancun!

Prestige Jungle Tour Marina Sunrise Cancun

Prestige Jungle Tour Cancun

For the ocean-loving couple, the Prestige Jungle Tour Cancun is the ideal way to spend a day on the water! You’ll share a catamaran-style speed boat built just for two as you race across the lagoon and snorkel the Cancun reef together. You’ll encounter exotic birds along the way and maybe even a dolphin or a crocodile! The adventure concludes in the VIP area of Marina Sunset for tasty snacks and cool beverages to toast to your adventure and your love.

Xoximilco Cancun tour in trajinera

Xoximilco Cancun Tour

Romance in authentic Mexican style at Xoximilco Cancun! Board a traditional “trajinera” boat and enjoy a slow cruise along the canals with your lover by your side. With free-flowing tequila and truly delicious cuisine, the warmth of the tropical night and the live music serenade, all your senses will be delighted and you’ll fall in love all over again! This is an upbeat and dynamic night out for the fun-loving couple we know you are!

With the right person, in the right place, romance is unavoidable, Cancun was made for lovers! What’s your favorite romantic thing to do in Cancun?

Looking for more romantic Cancun tour ideas? Contact mycancuntours.com today and we’ll be happy to help!

We know that food is a vital part of travel, tasting and savoring new flavors, new dishes and expanding your palate to exciting new levels. Cancun resorts offer INCREDIBLE food and buffets, but if you truly want an authentic Mexican culinary experience, you’ve got to explore Cancun restaurants frequented by locals!

 

mexican breakfast chilaquiles

Breakfast in Cancun, YUM!

The most important meal of the day they say and breakfast in Mexico is unique! Typical dishes include chilaquiles, “huevos rancheros”, enchiladas, quesadillas and tacos and tortas (of course)! Locals looking for a healthy start head to 100% Natural downtown, they’ve got a fabulous menu of Mexican and international dishes, all with a healthy twist. If “healthy” isn’t a priority, La Borrega Cancun on Kabah serves up “barbacoa” and “lechon” tacos and tortas, a meaty start to you day! For an economic breakfast on the move, there are stands set up outside the ADO bus station selling DELICIOUS “tacos de guisado” (kind of like “stew tacos”) at bargain prices, pull up a plastic chair and enjoy! If you are setting off on a grand adventure in a Cancun tour, breakfast is key, be sure to load up on healthy energy for your big day!

 

 

Cancun lunch Fish Fritanga

Cancun Lunch Ideas

The midday meal is served a little later in Mexico, 2 o’clock is considered “lunch hour”. This is the main meal of the day for many and therefore is usually hearty and satisfying. Tacos, tortas, carne asada, grilled fish, roast chicken, and frijoles and rice of course. Many restaurants serve a “comida corrida”, a “running lunch” which is a package deal including a soup, a main dish, “aguas frescas” (flavored waters) and even a flan for dessert. Locals have flocked to Tacos Rigo for decades for lunch, definitely worth the trip downtown (try the torta de arrachera, it’s my personal fave!) In the hotel zone you’ll find El Fish Fritanga, a hidden Cancun restaurant of fresh seafood at great prices, lots of locals will pull up a spot at this lagoon-side restaurant to enjoy fresh fish fillets or ceviches. For a truly authentic Yucatan-style lunch, Emara in Market 28 can not be missed!

 

Cocina de Autor Chef Cristian Morales Cancun

Cancun Restaurants for Dinner

In general dinner in Mexico is a smaller affair than lunch, but it doesn’t have to be! Local dinner favourites include tacos at Los Tarascos (various locations downtown), seafood at El Pescado Ciego, fine cuts of meat in a Brazilian-style churrascaria at Bovino’s, or pasta at the super popular Cheesters. For a romantic night out check out La Habichuela, one of Cancun’s oldest and most famous restaurants. Super special occasions call for something a bit more intimate and unique, be sure to make a reservation with Chef Cristian Morales, his downtown Cancun restaurant is gorgeous, the food is delicious and it’s a culinary experience that you won’t soon forget.

The hardest part of dining in Cancun is deciding which magnificent restaurant to choose! Be sure to get off your resort, get out of the hotel zone and enjoy authentic cuisine like the locals do, you won’t be disappointed! When booking your Cancun tours, be sure to ask our travel experts for their suggestions too, you may find a new fave! 

 

Happy new year! As we welcome 2018 and say adios to 2017, we thought we would take a look back at the awesome year of Cancun adventures we have had. Check out our top 5 Cancun adventures from 2017!

1. Isla Contoy from Cancun

 

Contoy Island Aerial

One of our most exclusive adventures of the year, Isla Contoy is a tiny, uninhabited island off the coast of Cancun that will take your breath away. It is a bird watcher’s paradise, an isolated and untouched beach and a unique adventure in that only 200 visitors are permitted each day. This is a Cancun adventure that brings you back in touch with your natural side, no phones, no electricity, just you, the sky and the deep blue sea.

2. Swimming with whale sharks in Cancun

Swimming with whale sharks Cancun

This is a HUGE Cancun adventure and one that you absolutely cannot miss. The short season and the limited number of boats permitted to provide adventures with the biggest fish in the sea make this an exclusive Cancun tour, worth a special trip! Whale shark season in Cancun runs from May to September, the mid-summer months bringing you the best chance for a giant encounter. Do not miss this incredible Cancun excursion!

3. The Equinox at Chichen Itza

Equinox Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza Mexico is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Visiting Cancun and NOT seeing Chichen Itza is like going to Egypt and not seeing the pyramids, it’s a must! While Chichen Itza is a treasure every day of the year, there are certain times that are just a little extra special. A Chichen Itza tour during the Spring or Fall equinox will allow you to experience the wonder of the “Descent of the Serpent”, a play of light and shadow on the Kukulkan pyramid that attracts visitors from around the world to witness this marvel of architecture, astronomy and a little bit of magic and mystery.

4. Snorkeling in Cancun

Cancun snorkeling

Snorkeling in Cancun and the Riviera Maya is one of our VERY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IN CANCUN! We’d go snorkeling every day if we could, getting underwater is such a great way to relieve stress, disconnect from technology and immerse yourself (literally) in nature. Cancun sits on one of the best and most famous reefs in the whole world, the perfect climate and crystal-clear waters make it the ideal destination for snorkelers and divers.

5. Playa del Carmen Aquarium

Aquarium Playa del Carmen

We are always excited to explore new attractions in the Mexican Caribbean and we are just delighted with the new aquarium in Playa del Carmen! This modern facility makes it easy for guests to discover the magic of the reefs without getting wet! The installations are educational and fun, with more than 200 marine species calling the aquarium home. This is a perfect Playa del Carmen excursion for families, get up close and personal with the most incredible creatures of the sea and learn how we can preserve and conserve the ocean for future generations to enjoy.

Happy new year to you all and huge thanks for joining us on our Cancun adventures, even if it’s just virtually today! Let us help you plan your 2018 Cancun vacation, you deserve it!

Everyone around the world knows about the spectacular white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya. What many do not know is that the Riviera Maya is home to an intricate web of hidden underground rivers and caves that you can explore on your next Mexican vacation.

meteor yucatan

Without getting too “sciencey” with you, 65 million years ago a meteor crashed into the Yucatan Peninsula, setting off a chain of natural events that turned the limestone rock into swiss cheese (not literally, ahem). Theories suggest that this impact was what led to the extinction of the dinosaurs! The results of years of water passing through the rock has created a magical underground world of twisty turny caves, cenotes and underground rivers, in fact, the second longest underwater river in the whole world is found right here!

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What’s the best way for a traveller to see the underground rivers and cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula? With the experts at Rio Secreto Cancun. The tale goes that a local man was chasing an iguana through the jungle for his lunch when he saw it disappear down a hole. Upon investigating, the man discovered an entrance to a truly magical world below the earth. This discovery led to further investigations, the desire to share the beauty with others and the creation of Rio Secreto Park where everyone can be wowed by this natural wonder.

rio secreto cancun

A tour of Rio Secreto begins with a blessing by a Maya shaman, asking nature for permission to enter the caves and to protect all the living creatures within. The Maya believe that the cenotes and caves are the entrance to “Xibalba”, the underworld, and artifacts have been discovered that show sacrifices and offerings thousands of years old in these sacred spaces. Once you have been blessed you can enter Rio Secreto with a clear heart and a great amount of respect for the incredible world you are about to discover.

Rio Secreto Riviera Maya

As you descend into the caves, the magic of a Rio Secreto tour reveals itself. Striking stalactites and stalagmites and a maze of passageways carved through the limestone, crystal clear waters and a peace you haven’t experienced in years. Your guide will lead you through one of the many underground paths, sometimes walking, sometimes swimming and all the time being WOWED by all you can see and feel. You will pass through tiny openings and narrow passageways then find yourself in enormous caverns, cathedral-like wonders that will make you feel as though you are on another planet entirely.

rio secreto riviera maya

Rio Secreto Riviera Maya is dedicated to sustainable tourism, a truly natural experience that impacts the environment as little as possible. A small ecological footprint for a huge adventure, this is a great Cancun tour for explorers looking for something extraordinary and beyond the norm. Rio Secreto actively participates in the local community with special events, educational experiences and opportunities for sustainable tourism growth for all.

 

So when looking for things to do in Cancun, Rio Secreto is a must! Nature, adventure, history and culture, a Rio Secreto excursion will delight you!

 

Cancun snorkeling is some of the very best in the world and discovering the underwater world is one of the most popular things to do in Cancun. The Riviera Maya coast is protected by the Mesoamerican Reef system, an incredible stretch of coral reaching from the north at Isla Contoy to Honduras 1000 kms away to the south. With beautiful coral gardens and a huge variety of tropical marine life, snorkeling in Cancun is truly the experience of a lifetime.

Cancun is the ideal spot to learn to snorkel, the crystal clear waters and experienced tour guides make for a delightful experience.

So, you’ve never been snorkeling before? Not a problem! With a few tips and a bit of practice you’ll be a pro in no time at all.

Snorkel in Cancun 101: Equipment and Snorkel Tips

Cancun Snorkeling 101: How to snorkel in Cancun

By law, you must wear a lifejacket if you are to snorkel in Cancun (the reef is a protected marine reserve). This is not only for your safety, but to protect the delicate eco-system that is easily damaged by humans. Lifejackets must fit SNUGLY, if it’s too loose it will ride up around your face as you swim and will make it very uncomfortable to try to move around.

Try on more than one size before you enter the water and ensure that the life jacket is nice and tight and not going to rise up to your ears and inhibit your movements.

Your snorkel mask is your window to the fascinating world you’ll find underwater. There are a variety of snorkel masks available, but in general they’ll have a clear glass lens and a plastic “skirt” that will cling tight to your face to prevent water getting in.

Before entering the water, be sure to check the fit of your mask and make adjustments with the strap (or ask a guide for assistance).

Cancun Snorkeling 101: How to snorkel in Cancun

Pull your hair back and don’t allow it to get between your skin and the mask as it will lead to leaks. In general anyone with long hair will probably want to pull it into a ponytail to have the best possible views underwater. Masks tend to fog up when going from the heat of the sun to the relative cold of the water, this can be avoided with a quick saliva rinse (yep, spit in that mask!) or a coating of dish soap.

If your mask fills with water while snorkeling, do not remove it completely, just lift up from the plastic nose piece, dump the water and reset the mask.

Snorkeling tubes are really an ingenious little invention, such a simple tool to breathe underwater! Cancun snorkeling tours generally provide a brand new snorkel tube to each guest and it’s often a take home souvenir. Your tube is attached to the strap on your mask and you can adjust the position by sliding it up or down. Your lips will create a seal so you can breathe through the tube, slight pressure from your teeth will hold it in place but be sure you are not clenching, relax!

If you get water in the tube, you can try to blow HARD to get it out or remove the piece from your mouth and pour the water out.

Cancun Snorkeling 101: How to snorkel in Cancun

Snorkel fins come in a variety of styles, the most important thing is the fit. Too loose and they’ll fall right off, too tight and you’ll find yourself with blisters. Once you’ve got your fins on, you’ll want to walk BACKWARDS on the boat or beach to avoid viral videos of your hilarious fall. Your fins are what will propel you through the water (not your arms, they should be straight ahead of you or placed in the small of your back). As many Cancun snorkel tours are done in very shallow water, you really need to ensure a smooth kick to avoid stirring up sediment and whatever you do, DO NOT STAND ON THE CORAL! A good snorkel kick is slow, gentle, smooth and with the whole leg moving from the hip, not just little kicks from the knee down.

Snorkeling in a group can be challenging, try to keep an eye on where your everyone is and keep your kicks away from faces and no splashing!

It won’t take long at all to find your snorkeling groove. Relax, feel the flow and follow the instructions of your guide and captains. Never, EVER touch the coral or pick up any sea life, snorkeling is a “look don’t touch”’ experience. Avoid using sunblocks or chemicals on your skin, best to wear a long-sleeved rash guard to avoid contaminating the delicate eco-system.

If you are nervous in the water or unsure of yourself, stick close to the guide and they’ll lead the way and lend a hand when necessary.

If you enjoyed these tips, share the love and don’t forget to book your next snorkel in Cancun tour with MyCancunTours.com!

Cancun tours to archaeological sites of Mayan ruins, Riviera Maya excursions to adventure parks for zip-lining and cenotes, the average tourist will plan a day trip or two during their week-long vacation.

As a local working in tourism in Cancun, I am invited a bit more frequently than that, taking an average of two or three tours a month as part of my job (I am NOT complaining).

I’ve tried all the ziplines, visited the big Riviera Maya parks like Xcaret and Xel Ha and the more intimate places like Aktun Chen and Selvatica, sailed on pirate adventures and island escapes and seen all the Mayan ruins a million times.  So what is the one thing that make some Cancun tours great compared to the rest? It’s the guides!

Cancun Tours | Chito, our Coba mayan ruins guide

All the facilities and attractions and natural wonders aside, it’s the people that make Cancun adventures something truly special.

The guides of Cancun tours are some of the hardest working people in the industry. They’re up before sunrise preparing to lead you on your adventures, packing the coolers with drinks and organizing the often complicated schedules of pick ups and tour check ins. At the crack of dawn they’ll greet you with a smile and a joke and they’ll do it in several languages.

These guys will remember your name and your hometown and tell you all about theirs. They’ll warmly answer the same question a thousand times a day without breaking a sweat.

Cancun Tours | Guide at Chichen Itza

The best tour guides are extremely knowledgeable, well educated in a variety of fields. Many guides have special studies in Mayan history and culture while others are experts in marine biology and ocean conservancy. Even taking a deep sea fishing tour can be a lesson in history and culture when you discover your captain’s family has been fishing these waters for decades.

Cancun Tours | Maui, our guide at Tulum

They encourage the fearful to take a leap and inspire guests to get out of their comfort zones and discover not only new places and experiences, but new sides of themselves. The personal insights and histories of each guide bring something unique and memorable that you wouldn’t have if you were exploring on your own.

I always say that seeing an archaeological site without a guide is like watching a movie on mute, pretty pictures but no depth or story.

Having a stroll around Tulum ruins is one thing, doing so with a guide whose family has lived there forever is a whole other luxury. You will feel the vibe, the energy and see beyond the facades of the stone pyramids to the people who have always called this place home.

Cheers to the guides of all Cancun tours! The next time you take a Cancun day trip, take a moment to get to know your tour guide, it can truly enhance your experience. I’m sending my own personal shout out to Maui in Cozumel and Chito in Coba, I’ve recently had the pleasure of their company and had a fascinating time with them both! You never know, you may encounter a new lifelong friend in the process.

Beach, pool, buffet, beach, pool, buffet, your next Playa del Carmen vacation doesn’t have to be routine, break free and explore this incredible seaside town in the Mexican Caribbean! Check out this list of 5 things to do in Playa del Carmen we’ve created for you:

1.- Playa del Carmen breakfast! The most important meal of the day. You’ll find the street vendors near the ADO bus station selling the most delicious cochinita tortas and tacos in the mornings, super inexpensive and speedy!

Looking for a more relaxed and healthy start to your day? Definitely visit La Cueva del Chango or Nativo Playa del Carmen for fresh juices, authentic Mexican chilaquiles or fruit crepes in a cool setting. If you’re in the mood for something a bit fancier, be sure to indulge in the cuisine in the beachfront restaurant Keel of The Carmen Hotel in Playa.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen | Keel restaurant at The Carmen Hotel

Things to do in Playa del Carmen | Keel restaurant at The Carmen Hotel

2.- El Acuario de Playa del Carmen. This new attraction is a stunning three story Playa del Carmen aquarium with more than 200 marine species to discover! Located on 5th between 12th and 14th Streets, the aquarium in Playa del Carmen is a magical space to explore and learn all about the creatures of the deep and the importance of preserving our ocean environments. Wheelchair and pet friendly, it’s a great way to share a couple of hours with the whole family.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen | El Acuario de Playa del Carmen aquarium

Things to do in Playa del Carmen | El Acuario de Playa del Carmen aquarium

3.- Shopping on 5th Avenue Playa del Carmen is popular for good reason, from local artisans selling paintings and handwoven goods to high end boutiques with diamonds and luxury designer items.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen | Shopping on Fifth Avenue Playa del Carmen

Mexico is famous for its silver, intricate embroidered items and of course, tequila, this is the place to find unique souvenirs and bring home the perfect piece to remind you of your special Mexico vacation. Enjoy a little stroll down 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, it offers some of the best people watching in the world, you don’t need to spend a peso to be entertained by the characters who visit from every corner of the planet.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen | Shopping on Fifth Avenue Playa del Carmen

4.- Playa del Carmen beach clubs and rooftop patios offer some of the most chic day parties to enjoy in the Mexican Caribbean sunshine. Visit the famous Mamita’s or Kool Beach Club Playa del Carmen for techno vibes and a party atmosphere, groove on the beach with hot DJs and cool drinks. Hit a rooftop pool bar for incredible views of the Cozumel Island and great ocean breezes, The Carmen Hotel or The Palm offer perfect rooftop fun to see and be seen while enjoying culinary treats and refreshing cocktails.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen | Kool Beach Club

Things to do in Playa del Carmen | Kool Beach Club

5.- Playa del Carmen at night is a vibrant and dynamic experience! You’ll enjoy world-class dining with incredible chefs at Playa del Carmen restaurants like Plank or Frida Kahlo Restaurante. Go authentic with real Mexican tacos and treats at one of the endless taquerias in town (hint, look for the place with a line of locals, the chairs may be plastic but the food will be gold!)

Things to do in Playa del Carmen | Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen

After dinner it’s time to really kick up your heels and let loose at one of the Playa del Carmen nightclubs. Discover the Vegas-style shows of Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen, dance all night to hot music at Mandala or La Vaquita or enjoy mojitos and live salsa at La Bodeguita del Medio with its Cuban flare.

The Playa del Carmen party goes all night and brings us back to #1 and breakfast all over again. Be sure to break from your routine and get out and see all the incredible things to do in Playa del Carmen.

Ahhh tequila! One of the world’s most distinctive and unique beverages and a symbol of our querido Mexico. Mention the word tequila in Cancun or anywhere else on the planet and images of limes, shot glasses and fiesta will immediately spring to mind. It’s true, try it! With a long history of culture, tradition and flavor, tequila is a vital part of the Mexican identity.

So what IS tequila?

Tequila is a spirit that comes from the blue agave, the “heart” of the agave plant is peeled, roasted, and crushed to release the sweet juices to be fermented and distilled. Like champagne, the word “tequila” can only be applied to products from the geographical region around the city of (you guessed it), Tequila, in the state of Jalisco on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

Where to buy tequila in Cancun?

There are four categories of tequila, “blanco”, “reposado”, “añejo” and “extra añejo”. “Blanco” or “white” is also referred to as “silver” and is the youngest of the bunch, generally aged about two months and is clear of color. “Reposado” is aged between 2 and 12 months and has a rich golden color. “Añejo” is a dark whisky color and is aged between one and three years. “Extra añejo” is the darkest and oldest, aged for more than three years in the casks.

Where to enjoy or buy tequila in Cancun?

  • Before going on your Chichen Itza Plus or Tulum + Coba + Cenote tour we encourage you to explore Plaza La Fiesta to discover a wide variety of tequilas, bring home (or to the tour) something delicious!
  • For a great night out, visit Señor Frogs or Coco Bongo and have the bartender set you up with all their delicious tequila cocktails.
  • La Destileria Restaurant and La Europea liquor store in the hotel zone are great options for your continuing tequila education! Developing an appreciation for this spirit is easy and fun, be sure to look for tastings in Cancun with experienced professionals to guide you to YOUR tequila style.
  • Enjoy a slow cruise on a traditional ¨trajinera¨at Xoximilco with authentic Mexican culinary treats alongside your palomas.
  • Before flying back home and with enough time, try Chedraui Selecto in the Hotel Zone or Walmart in downtown Cancun. Once at the airport you can visit one of the many duty free shops there (the prices may be higher than at the local supermarkets). Remember, if you are purchasing tequila to bring back home, you can bring one liter per adult duty free, anything above this limit is subject to duty and import taxes at the discretion of the customs officer.

How to do a tequila shot

Where to buy tequila in Cancun?

The tequila shot is a ritual, not just a drink! Generally speaking this is a “party game” and you are not going to use your finest tequilas. Lick the back of your hand and sprinkle it with salt, lick the salt, drink the shot and then suck on a lime. Repeat.

Sipping tequila in Cancun and the art of the Sangrita

Where to buy tequila in Cancun?

“Sangrita” means “little blood” and is the typical accompaniment to a good sipping tequila. This spicy/citrussy/tomato concoction accentuates the flavors of the tequila and is the traditional way to enjoy the beverage. Sangrita is served in a shot glass alongside the tequila, take a small sip of tequila, a small sip of sangrita, and do not rush the magic! There are endless variations of sangrita recipes, here is just one courtesy liquor.com, play with the ingredients to find your perfect match.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 oz Tabasco Sauce or Cholula Hot Sauce
  • 2 oz Lime juice
  • 6 to 8 oz Orange juice
  • 6 to 8 oz Grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 15 oz Tomato juice
  • 1 Jalapeño pepper, halved (with seeds)

PREPARATION:

Add all the ingredients to a pitcher and stir until the salt dissolves. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes and then remove and discard the jalapeño. (The longer the jalapeño infuses, the spicier the Sangrita will be.) Store in the refrigerator.

Tequila Cocktails

Where to buy tequila in Cancun?

Tequila is not only great to shoot or sip on its own but is a fabulous spirit for making delicious cocktails. The traditional margarita is a simple mix of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice, served over ice or frozen with or without salt on the rim of the glass. A “paloma” is a super refreshing mix of tequila and grapefruit flavored soft drinks. Tequila Sunrise is so good, the Eagles wrote a song about it, a fruity and sweet blend of tequila, orange juice and grenadine. The options are endless, ask your local bartender for their tequila house specialty, you’ll be delighted by the surprises.

However you choose to imbibe, we encourage you to do so in moderation and of course, no drinking and driving! (Check out our blog on transportation in Cancun so you don’t have to get behind the wheel).

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