Hotel at a Glance: Sea Adventure Resort & Waterpark
Set on the north side of Cancún at the tip of a seaside fishing village, Sea Adventure Resort & Waterpark is in a tranquil location sheltered from the bustling Hotel Zone. The all-inclusive resort sits on a white-sand beach along the Caribbean Sea, which adds to the laid-back vibe.
- Included meals per day: Three, plus all-you-can-eat snacks and drinks at three restaurants and three bars
- À la carte option: Steak and oysters at Ostras + Oysters, a romantic lighthouse-themed restaurant
- Take a dip in the Caribbean Sea, the seaside swimming pool, or the three jacuzzis.
- Outdoor water park: Three twisty slides, a multilevel treehouse, and a shaded wet bar
- Kids’ club: Mini golf, game room, and daily activities such as face painting and water-balloon wars
- Room with a view: Junior suites feature balconies or terraces that look out onto the sea or the hotel’s tropical gardens.
- Notable attractions: The hotel organizes optional tours for additional fees, such as a sailing trip to Isla Mujeres or a “booze cruise” on a double-decker boat.
Cancún: Cool White Sands and Mayan Relics
Located on a barrier island shaped like the number seven, Cancún's Hotel Zone juts into the Caribbean Sea at the northeast tip of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. With the sea on one side and freshwater lagoons on the other, it's a popular spot for sailing and snorkeling. Although the beaches and barrier reefs are a major draw, the geography is equally enticing further inland, where you can dive into an underground river or take a speedboat through a mangrove jungle.
Cancún pulls in millions of visitors each year, so escaping the crowds and the party atmosphere isn't always easy, but a visit to Playa Delfines offers a chance for sunbathing in relative seclusion. Resorts have yet to encroach upon this stretch of sand, and it's especially popular with surfers.
The stone columns of El Rey Ruins, an ancient Mayan site dating back to the second and third centuries BCE, lie within the city’s Hotel Zone. Believed to be a royal burial ground, the archaeological site is also home to wild iguanas that lounge in the sun and read Tom Clancy novels. For a Mayan-themed daytrip, take a 1.5-hour drive from Cancún down the coast to Tulum, a pre-Columbian walled city located on a bluff overlooking the sea—one of the Yucatán Peninsula's most visited Mayan ruins. The Mayan city of Chichén Itzá, chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, is only a 2.5-hour drive from Cancún.
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