Cancun water sports activities

Cancun has 23 kilometers (14 miles) of fine aquatic sports beaches and fresh white sand, considered among the best and most beautiful in the world. They are ideal for all kinds of Cancun water sports activities.

There are more than 25 aquatic activities centres in Cancun and marinas led by guides and professional operators with excellent fleets that offer an almost unlimited variety of activities.

You can rent a wave runner or a catamaran, take a jungle tour, travel on a glass bottom boat or even get a SCUBA certificate with an experienced diving instructor.

Windsurfing

Cancun has several places to practice windsurfing and many hotels and marinas rent equipment. Among the best places is Playa Langosta, ideal for beginners, and Playa Las Perlas. Another good option is the beaches in the north of Puerto Morelos, especially in the summer months when wind conditions are ideal.

Surfing

Cancun is an ideal place for those who want to learn surfing or for those who simply want to have fun since almost all year round it offers good waves and warm waters, as well as a sandy bottom of the sea that facilitates learning. The best places are Playa Chac Mool and the Mirador in Playa Delfines. The best season goes from June to November.

Kitesurfing

Isla Blanca is located 25 minutes north of the Cancun, an ideal place for kitesurfing. Here it is possible to kite with any direction of the wind in smooth and calm waters. Isla Blanca has a good school and if you want to learn to kitesurf, there is no better place in the Caribbean.

The hotel zone of Cancun is recommended for more advanced kiters. Among the best options are Playa Delfines, Playa Chac Mool, Marina Chac Chi, and Punta Nizuc, in front of Ventura Park.

The best season goes from November to April with winds from the north that reach between 10 and 35 knots; from April to June the winds range from 12 to 25 knots.

Parasailing

A different way to enjoy the scenery of Cancun, sharing it with your favourite person. Fly parachute to a height of between 80 to 100 meters (263 to 328 feet), taking off gently from a boat. It is easy to hire the trip on most of the beaches, or in some of the companies that offer water activities.

Flyboarding

This is the most fashionable aquatic activity in the world since only a little practice is required, it is safe and very exciting. You can dive into the sea, fly and spin up to 12 meters above the water with a water propulsion system. Possible to contract with any water sports operator in Cancun.

Paddle Boarding (SUP)

The calm waters of Playa Las Perlas and Playa Langosta in Cancun, as well as Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres, are ideal for practising this fun sport.

If you want a different experience, you can explore the mangroves of the Nichupté Lagoon, navigate its narrow canals and inlets, as well as explore a beautiful hidden beach to admire a great variety of birds.

You can also take SUP Yoga classes, combining the landscape of the Caribbean Sea with the tranquillity of the discipline.

Wakeboard and Waterski

It is an exciting way to enjoy the calm waters of Laguna Nichupté, an ideal place for all levels.

Bungee

Experience the adrenaline when jumping from a tower of 25 meters (82 ft) and be able to admire the incredible view of the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy this unique experience with all safety regulations.

Speed Boating

Explore the channels of Laguna Nichupté in a fast boat with friends and learn all the secrets that mangroves keep.

You can include snorkelling in Punta Nizuc, a privileged place to enjoy the abundant and surprising marine life.

Kayaking

This is one of the activities that offer more fun and can be practised in singles or doubles. Almost all hotels offer kayaks on the beach to explore the coasts of Cancun or navigate among the mangroves of Laguna Nichupté.

The Garrafón Park in Isla Mujeres is another favourite place to kayak, as there are some transparent kayaks, which gives the opportunity to observe the varied marine life without getting wet. No previous experience is needed.

Swimming with dolphins

Cancun offers some of the best dolphinariums in the world. Interacting with these magical creatures is an unforgettable experience, you can kiss them, hug them, caress them and learn about their world. Some parks offer you the experience of swimming with sea lions, manatees, sharks and stingrays.

Jetpack

This is a way to make your dreams of flying or walking on water come true with the jetpack, a modern easy-to-use device that has a propulsion system. Being in the air you can manoeuvre, climb, lower, turn and even dive into the water for a few moments. It is not difficult to learn, after 10 minutes with the instructor you can take off and start this unique adventure.

Jetovator

It is an incredible experience that combines a device similar to a bicycle with the power of a jet ski, which allows you to rise above the waters of Laguna Nichupté. It is easy to learn and the experience is incomparable.

Seabreacher

A spectacular way to enjoy the Caribbean Sea in an original submersible boat, driven by an experienced pilot, which reaches 80 kph (50 mph) on the surface and 40 kph (25 mph) under water. 

You can submerge 2 meters (7 feet) and take a jump up to 6 meters (20 feet), as well as a spin at high speed and 90º turns. An unforgettable experience, since the panoramic cabin allows you to have a unique view.

Hoverboard

It is a mixture between the surfboard and a skateboard that is connected to a jet ski and that has the propulsion system on the back of the board. It is a sport for those who like activities full of adrenaline and want to enjoy the turquoise waters of Cancun from another perspective. You can fly up to 5 meters (16ft) above the water at a speed of up to 40 km / h (25 mph), an exciting and fun adventure.

Fishing

Cancun offers several types of fishing, you can enjoy fly fishing, sports fishing and deep sea fishing. The waters of Cancun have a great marine wealth, which ensures that you always have a good experience when you go fishing. There are all kinds of boats and you can combine the experience of fishing with other activities such as snorkelling.

Boat tours

You can take a tour on a sailboat or catamaran to enjoy a fun day visiting incredible beaches, swimming and snorkelling, or enjoy a romantic trip at sunset.

Another option is to travel in a themed boat and live an authentic pirate adventure that includes a rich buffet, shows, dancing, games, competitions and even a party on the beach.

Snorkelling

Snorkelling equipment can be rented at most hotels. Among the best places are Punta Cancun, Punta Nizuc, El Garrafón in Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos and XelHá in Riviera Maya.

If what you want is a magical and exotic experience, you can practice snorkelling at night; the corals under the light of the lanterns look more alive and colourful and the microalgae shine and look like green sparks that move around you, due to a phenomenon called bioluminescence. In addition, you can see some of the nocturnal dwellers of the reefs as the octopuses that usually hunt at night.

Another way to explore the underwater world of the Caribbean in a comfortable and original way is with an underwater scooter known as BOB (Breathing Observation Bubble) with a helmet that contains an oxygenation system. This way you can get to know the seabed without being a professional diver.

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