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Casey Makovich

One Day in Cancun Itinerary – Experience Cancun in a Day for Under $100

If you find yourself with a quick layover in Cancun – perhaps only a day to explore – then you’re probably looking to make the most of your short time in paradise. To help you plan your one day in Cancun itinerary, we’ve put together a suggested list of what we’d do during our limited time in this delightful city.

This one day in Cancun itinerary includes:

  • Extreme Adventure Park Snorkel
  • Parasailing Adventure
  • Mercado 28 (free!)
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise

Spending more time in Cancun? Check out our weekend in Cancun and three days in Cancun itineraries for more inspiration.

Save on Attraction Admission

With a Go Cancun Card attraction pass, you can visit these exciting attractions and save up to 45% on combined admission fees to these and other great Cancun attractions. Of course, this one-day itinerary is only one of many ways to enjoy your limited time in Cancun. The Go Cancun Card gives you the flexibility to totally customize your vacation – just pick and choose what you want to see during your one day in Cancun and save on admission. It’s that easy!

Stop #1: Extreme Adventure Park Snorkel

Image of Nature, Outdoors, Water, Underwater, Person, Swimming, Water Sports, Snorkeling, Adult, Female, Woman, Did you know that the world’s second-largest barrier reef is located a mere 15-minute drive from Cancun off the coast of lovely Puerto Morelos? Head here for the snorkeling adventure of a lifetime, during which you’ll get to see a diversity of vibrant tropical fish, sea turtles, marine plants, colorful corals, and much more. You’ll get to snorkel two different locations along the reef, then spend some time on the beach or wander the charming little town of Puerto Morelos. Finally, end the morning with some lunch at a local restaurant. Getting In: Puerto Morelos Snorkeling Adventure is included with the Go Cancun Card.

Stop #2: Parasailing Adventure

Image of Boat, Vehicle, Parachute, Person, Start off your afternoon with one of the activities on my personal bucket list – parasailing! Soar over the beautiful waters off the coast of Cancun and enjoy feeling the freedom of flight. Some of the sights you’ll see on your amazing aerial journey include natural sandbars, the striking structures of the Cancun Hotel Zone, and natural wonders like Nichupté Lagoon and Isla Mujeres. You’ll spend approximately 10-12 minutes in flight, covering about three miles as the boat travels. Bonus: you’ll get free round-trip transportation from the dock to the main boat. Getting In: Canun Parasailing tickets are included with the Go Cancun Card.

Stop #3: Mercado 28

Image of Nature, Outdoors, Sea, Water, Building, Shoreline, Coast, Cityscape, Urban, City, If you’re looking for a place to do your souvenir shopping, then Mercado 28 and Plaza Del Carmen are your best bet. Mercado 28 is a flea market that’s been around in Cancun for a long time, so it’s got a great reputation among locals and visitors alike. You’ll find everything from basically any souvenir you could think of to clothing, toys, books, crafts, and more. There are also food stalls with authentic local street food on offer; a great way to truly get a taste of Mexican cuisine without the expense of what can sometimes be touristy restaurants. Plaza Las Americas offers higher-end stores in a more traditional mall atmosphere for a one-stop shopping experience. Getting In: Mercado 28 and Plaza Las Americas are free to explore; any purchases you make will not be covered by the pass but you can get roundtrip transportation with a guided shopping tour in Cancun with the Go Cancun Card.

Stop #4: Sunset Dinner Cruise

Image of Dating, Person, Romantic, Adult, Male, Man, Finally, you’ll want to end your one day in Cancun on a memorable dinner cruise. Enjoy a delightful evening sailing around the azure waters off the coast of Cancun, with two and a half hours to enjoy the sights and your meal. Savor tasty appetizers, a delicious surf-and-turf dinner, and delectable desserts on this relaxing sunset cruise. There’s also a bar on board, should you want to enjoy a few adult beverages while you watch the sun set. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy a live saxophone band while soaking up the sights – what’s not to love? Getting In: Cancun Lobster Dinner Cruise are included with the Go Cancun Card.

Let’s Recap

If you follow this one day in Cancun itinerary with the Go Cancun Card, you’ll save on admission versus paying at the gate. Consider adding a few, or all of these attractions to your next Cancun adventure, and we’re sure you’ll make memories to last a lifetime. Happy travels!

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