Beyond the beach in Cancun

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There’s more to Cancun than bounteous beaches and never-ending nightlife.

There’s more to Cancun than bounteous beaches and never-ending nightlife. You don’t become a world-call destination by mastering a mere note or two.

Right now you can swim with gentle giants, drive your dream car on a racetrack or revel in Mayan opera.

Till September, Isla Mujeres celebrates its annual Whale Shark Festival. But, till the end of September, there’s still time for you to immerse yourself in the swim of a lifetime – a rare, mystic opportunity to tag along with the 50-foot giants as they wind make their majestic way through the water. The rush of emotions is eclipsed only by the awe of it all. Beats beach volleyball by a bunch.

Here’s another sort of rush, the human vs. machine species. If you’ve ever daydreamed about buckling up in a Ferrari, Lamborghini or such and setting out in search of unadulterated adrenaline, this is your chance. Exotic Rides is Cancun’s latest must-do. A favorite pursuit is the Exotic Road Tour. That’s where you can reach speeds of more than 135 mph.

Congregate in the Parque de las Palapas in central Cancun July 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. for some extraordinary music. Operatic luminaries, local musicians and major talents from as far away as Austria gather for the Mayan Opera Festival 2012.

Keep the music moving in your head and then head out to Xcaret, the region’s most popular ecological theme park. See wildlife in its natural habitat. Snorkel in the park’s placid inlets. Finish off the day with a Mexican Folkloric Show. Add it all up and you come away with an understanding of Cancun that transcends sun and fun.

(Image: alan.stoddard)

Beyond the beach in Cancun was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Jerry Chandler
Author: Jerry Chandler (2562 posts)

Jerry Chandler loves window seats – a perch with a 35,000-foot view of it all. His favorite places: San Francisco and London just about any time of year, autumn in Manhattan and the seaside in winter. An award-winning aviation and travel writer for 30 years, his goal is to introduce each of his grandkids to their first flight.