Cancun, Mexico

When the weather gets cold there is nothing better than a retreat to a nice warm beach. Cancun, on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, is a winter get away destination for fun and adventure. Whether you want to see the Mayan Ruins or swim through an underwater museum, it’s time to fly New Haven to Cancun where the only ice you have to worry about is in your drink.

Under Water MuseumUnderwater Museum
Going to a museum can be fun, but what about going to a museum that is underwater? A museum of over 400 life sized sculptures exists in the waters off Cancun.

The project, founded in 2009, is a combination of art and science. Located in the Cancun National Marine Park, this large collection of statues was created to help protect and preserve the reefs inside of the National Park. The creators have hopes that the statues will form a complex reef structure for marine life to inhabit.

The underwater museum can be seen on a variety of diving and snorkeling tours, including beginners’ diving courses.

Ruins

Some of the oldest architecture on the planet is just south of Cancun. The old Mayan Ruins known as the Chichen Itza was once the Mayan’s largest city. With all there is to do, this tour is considered by many to be a more than one night trip.

The most famous landmark in this ancient city is The Pyramid of Kukulcan, which is dedicated to the Mayan feathered serpent god. This pyramid has sculptures of its dedicatee running down the sides of its northern staircase which make it hard to miss. 

If you take a tour of the city during the day, make sure you come back at night with your daytime ticket to see the night’s light and sound show. Listen to a great story narrated in Spanish as the stars, moon and lights reflect off of the great pyramids and temples.

Escape

You went on vacation to get away from work and maybe you want to get away from adventure too.

Take a ferry to Isla Mujeres, a small island get away just eight miles off the coast of Cancun. The island has few inhabitants, but is perfect for people who just want to spend a quiet day on the beach. The pristine beach of Playa del Norte is consistently voted ‘excellent’ among travelers and reviewed as the ‘best beach on the island’ and a ‘turquoise jewel’ on Tripadvisor.

The natural attractions on this island, such as sea turtles, make Isla Mujeres very unique and relaxing.  The island is known for its sea turtles that you can catch a glimpse of at the local turtle farms. This farm is the home of several hundred turtles and has tours in both English and Spanish.