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Things to do in Cancun for Under $15

by Cara Gourley on August 6, 2010

These cheap Cancun activities will save you money

The last time I went to Cancun I remember the overwhelming feeling of all of the options of things to do. Tours, boat rides, shopping, golfing, fishing… this list goes on and on.

But a lot of the options seemed expensive and far away (it’s over 2 hours to go to Chichen Itza!).

The good thing is that you can enjoy Cancun activities without having to spend a lot of gas or a lot of money.

If you are coming with a big family, a group of spring breakers or even just traveling on a budget, these cheap Cancun activities will allow everyone to get a taste of this Yucatan Paradise and keep your piggy bank full.

Here are a few things you can do in Cancun for under $15:

Visit the Ruins

Don’t want to spend the money to go to Chichen Itza or Tulum? Don’t worry, there are ruins in and around Cancun that are a little easier on your wallet.

  • The El Rey Ruins are located on Cancun Island. There are a lot of Iguanas here and many people bring food for the iguanas to snack on. The entrance fee to the El Rey ruins is 37 pesos which is around $3.50 US. The El Rey Ruins are open form 8am to 5pm.
  • The El Meco Ruins are just north of Cancun in Punta Sam and just recently opened to the public. Here you can see fantastic lagoon views and maybe a few iguanas. El Meco has 14 structures for you to see with a main temple that is in pretty good condition. The entrance fee is 35 pesos (around $3). The ruins are open 8am – 3pm.
  • The ruins of Yamil Lu’um are located at Cancun’s highest point and on the grounds of the Park Royal Cancun Hotel. Yamil Lu’um can be accessed by the public beaches. It is thought that this structure once served as a light house in the late 13th or early 14th century. The ruins are open from 9am – 5pm and there is no entrance fee.

Wander through the Aquarium

The Interactive Aquarium in Cancun is located in the La Isla Shopping Village. Here you can see lots of fish and other sea life as well as touch a variety of marine life. There is even a dolphin show at 5pm. There are extra activities if you have the money to spend, like swimming with the dolphins, but the entrance fee to walk around the aquarium is only $10. It’s open from 9am – 7pm daily.

Go Snorkeling

There are lots of places to snorkel in Cancun, but if you want to see some fish the best place near the hotels is the southern shoreline of the Hotel Zone near the Club Med and Westin Regina Resorts. If you are staying in an all inclusive resort, chances are that snorkel equipment is included. If not, most hotels and dive shops rent snorkeling equipment for about $5 a day.

Go See a Movie

A lot of the movies playing in Cancun are in English with Spanish subtitles, meaning you can watch that new blockbuster when it comes out. Cancun has a few movie theaters such as the Cinepolis and the Cinemark Cancun. A movie ticket usually ranges from 60 pesos (around $6) to $140 pesos (about $14) for the VIP experience which includes waiter service and comfy chairs.

Visit Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, a small island 8 miles across the bay from Cancun, has great beaches for snorkeling as well as many shops to walk around. The ferries that leave from the Hotel Zone (behind Fat Tuesday’s) cost about 150 pesos round trip (a little under $15). However, they don’t come very frequently.

You can also take the bus to downtown Cancun where the ferries to Isla Mujeres leave every 30 minutes from Puerto Juarez and Gran Puerto. These ferries cost about 35 pesos each way (around $3) but will take more time if you are staying in the Hotel Zone.

I hope you have fun on your trip to Cancun! Do you have any tips for inexpensive things to do in Cancun?

Cara is the Director of Web and Video Production at All About Mexico. She loves traveling, taking photos of everything and writing about Mexico. You can follow her on twitter - @allaboutcara.
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