7 Romantic Things to Do in Cancun

When it comes to romance, you can’t go wrong with the Caribbean coast of Mexico where the white sand beaches, clear blue  waters and rich Mayan culture create a naturally romantic backdrop. I’m often travelling solo in Mexico but was lucky to have my husband join me for a week in Cancun. Here are our top picks for the most romantic things to do in Cancun.

1. Swim in Cenotes and Underground Rivers

Romantic things to do in Cancun Credit Jeremy Bishop Unsplash

Swimming in an underground cenote is an unforgettable experience

Plunging into the silky waters of an underground cenote is one of the most romantic and unforgettable things to do in Cancun. Float hand in hand through the emerald depths of Río Secreto or swim through vast caverns at Kantun-Chi, an eco-park where stalactites hang suspended over mystic waters. Adventurous couples can explore four natural underground pools in one day on the Tour Xenotes Oasis Maya excursion. You can also go a bit further afield and visit beautiful cenotes in Tulum.

One cenote that will amaze you by its size is located in the heart of Valladolid, a colonial city that’s a super  easy day trip from Cancun. Read about Why Valladolid is Mexico’s Next Best Destination 

2. Sip Mexico’s Sexy Spirit

Bottles of Xtabentun Credit Francisco Javier Sanchez

Sip some Xtabentun, the Mayan honey liqueur

The Kama Sutra can’t be wrong–wild honey is a potent aphrodisiac. Rekindle your romance with a splash of Xtabentún, a regional liqueur made of anise and fermented honey. Try the golden elixir in a cocktail at Nizuc Resort and Spa, a sensual retreat set on a nature preserve in a secluded pocket of Cancun.

3. Bathe in Warm Chocolate

Enjoy Mexican chocolate at one of the Ah Cacao chocolate cafe and shop locations in Playa del Carmen

Enjoy Mexican chocolate at one of the Ah Cacao chocolate cafe and shop locations

Early Mayan hieroglyphs suggest cacao was prized for its aphrodisiac powers. Today’s visitors can enjoy the deep, rich, taste of fine Mexican chocolate at one of several Ah Cacoa Chocolate Cafes in Riviera Maya and Cancun. At Secrets Spa by Pevonia at Secrets Playa Mujeres indulge in a sexy spa treatment that includes a full body chocolate and mint scrub followed by a luxe wrap so moisturizing you’ll feel as though you’ve been dipped in a chocolate fondue.

4. Ride a Gondola under the Moonlight

Xoximilco Cancun

Float in a gondola at Xoxmilco Cancun

Be serenaded by traditional Mexican love ballads while gliding in a trajinera (gondola) along 7.4 kilometres of Venetian-like canals at Xoximilco Cancun. This attraction pays tribute to the legendary Xochimilco floating gardens of Mexico City with festive colours, folklore and cuisine. This is definitely more of a fiesta than a solitary trip for two, but there’s nothing quite as romantic as dancing under the stars. http://en.xcaretexperiencias.com/xoximilco.php

5. Couples Retreat

Hydrotherapy water circuit at Pevonia Spa at Secrets Playa Mujeres Cancun

Hydrotherapy water circuit at Pevonia Spa at Secrets Playa Mujeres Cancun

Booking a stay in a romantic hotel is one of the first things to do in Cancun. Pamper yourselves at Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf Resort & Spa in Cancun, home to one of the best hydrotherapy circuits in Cancun. You also can’t go wrong with Secrets The Vine, one of our top choices of the 5 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Cancun-Riviera Maya for 2018.   With three infinity pools, curtained Bali beds and a ban on pesky all-inclusive wristbands, Secrets The Vine is made for romance. This adult-only hotel is located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone but is a world away from the raucous Spring Break crowd. With a no-reservations dinner policy, a 4,500 bottle wine cellar and 24-hour room service, you’re free to focus on each other.

6. Set Sail on a Lobster Dinner Cruise

Cancun sunset on the lagoon

For a night of seductive cuisine, take an adult-only sunset cruise of Cancun’s Nichupte Lagoon and dine on fresh lobster. Low in fat and high in protein, potassium and zinc, this decadent crustacean is packed with libido-boosting powers.

7. Smart is Sexy

Mayan Museum Cancun Mexico

Browse an ancient palace and exhibits at the Mayan Museum Cancun

Spend an afternoon at the stylish  Museo Maya de Cancun designed by Mexican architect Alberto Garcia Lascurain. The building’s sexy curves hold a treasure trove of art collected by the National Institute of Anthropology and History. The Mayan Museum of Cancun and the Archaeological Zone of San Miguelito is located in the heart of the Hotel Zone at Km 16 on Boulevard Kukulcán.  It’s also a bargain as the admission cost per person is just 70 MXN pesos (less than $4 USD). Note that museum is closed on Mondays.

More Things to Do in Cancun,Mexico

Best Things to Do in Cancun Mexico

Lots of Things to Do in Cancun

And that’s not the end of things to do in Cancun! Read these posts for more information on hotels, beaches, things to do, day trips and more in Cancun and the Riviera Maya:

5 Reasons to Visit Valladolid, Mexico ( Cenote Zaci is just One Reason)

5 Best All-inclusive Resorts in Cancun-Riviera Maya for 2018  

3 Reasons You’ll Love a Day Pass to Dreams Playa Mujeres Cancun 

9 Tips for a Romantic Getaway in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca 

Where to Eat Now in Playa del Carmen Mexico 

Top Girlfriend Getaways in the Caribbean

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Romantic Things for Couples to do in Cancun

Michele Peterson
Michele Peterson
Dividing her time between Toronto, Mexico and Guatemala (or the nearest tropical beach), Michele Peterson is an award-winning writer, blogger, editor and publisher who specializes in travel, cuisine and luxury lifestyles.
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  • Pamela McKuen

    I’ve been to Cancun many times, but your post shows me places I didn’t know about and would love to try. Especially the lobster cruise and gondola ride. Thanks for the inspiration and diving into the romantic side of Cancun.

  • Doreen Pendgracs

    What a wonderful post, Michele! I’m sure it’s no surprise that I love those chocolate spa treatments. 🙂 Such an amazing sensation to be wrapped in molten chocolate. And I enjoyed the offerings at Ah Cacao, too. Lobster, tequila, luxury. All good!!!

  • Jeff & Crystal Bryant

    Cancun wasn’t on our radar of places to visit, but this article shows us 7 reasons to change that. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • jane

    My husband and I were just in Cancun late November, and were treated to some similar experiences. And since it had been 25 years or more since our first and only previous visit, we recognized just how much the destination has changed and how much there is to do now!

  • Marilyn Jones

    The beauty of your article is even though I am single, you pointed out several things to do in Cancun that don’t require a partner. I enjoyed reading your post!!

  • Agness of a Tuk Tuk

    Cancun seems so outstanding and picturesque, Michele! Swimming in the underground river seems like an unforgettable experience! How many days would be enough to explore Cancun?

    • Michele Peterson

      A week would be ideal but you could experience quite a bit in 3 days in Cancun.

  • Culture Tripper

    Wish I’d had this list before I visited Cancun area. Bathe in chocolate? Ride in a gondola? Swim hand-in-hand in four cenotes in one day? Yes please!

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