Boating and Sailing

AquaWorld. Aside from organizing assorted on-the-water excursions, this outfit rents two-person speedboats for jungle tours. Wave Runners and cool water toys like the Flyboard (picture a marine jet pack that can shoot you 45 feet out of the water) are available, too. Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 15.2, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/848–8327. From M$680.

El Embarcadero. The marina complex at Playa Linda, El Embarcadero is the departure point for ferries to Isla Mujeres and several tour boats. Playa Linda, Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 4, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/849–7343.

Marina Barracuda. Jungle boats for two to four passengers can be rented through Marina Barracuda. Big-game fishing trips can also be arranged. Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 14.1, in front of Ritz-Carlton, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/885–2444 marina; 998/884–1617 fishing charters. Rentals from M$935; fishing trips from M$5862.

Marina Punta del Este. Wave Runner rentals, catamaran tours, and self-drive speed-boat trips through Nichupté Lagoon are all available through Marina Punta del Este. Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 10.3, in front of the Grand Park Royal Cancún Caribe, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/883–1210. From M$899.


Asterix Tours. This is one of the only companies permitted to depart from the Zona Hotelera on tours to Isla Contoy and the underwater gardens of Isla Mujeres. Trips to the former leave at 9 am and return at 5 pm on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; ones to the latter leave on Wednesday and Friday. Day- and nighttime fishing trips run three times a week. Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 5.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/886–4270. Isla Contoy tours M$1827; Isla Mujeres tours M$1287; fishing trips M$1111.

Charter Fishing Cancún. This outfit offers sport fishing trips between the mainland and Isla Mujeres. Possible catches include mahimahi, sailfish, barracuda, king mackerel, wahoo, tunas, grouper, snapper, and shark. Boats, ranging in size from 31 to 46 feet, can be chartered for four, six, or eight hours. Shared boats with a maximum of six anglers are also available. Marina Aquatours, Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 6.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/200–3240. From M$2110.

Fishing and Diving Combos

Scuba Cancún. In addition to diving trips, Scuba Cancún offers deep-sea fishing expeditions that last from four to eight hours. Playa Langosta, Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/849–7508 or 998/849–4736. From M$7997.


Exotic Rides. About 10 minutes south of Cancún, speed demons can get their fix at Exotic Rides. It has a racetrack where Honda-engine go-carts reach speeds of up to 80 kph or 50 mph (there are also slower carts for children). For the experienced driver, Ferraris, Porsches, Audis, and V8 Nascars are available, too. Carretera Cancún–Aeropuerto, Km 7.5, Residencial Campestre, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/882–0558 or 998/882–1246. Go-carts from M$325 for 15 minutes; cars from M$3605 for 5 laps. Thurs.–Tues. 6 pm–11 pm. Closed Wed.


Cancún Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok. Cancún's oldest golf course has fine views of both sea and lagoon but is showing its age with tired greens and rock-hard bunkers. The lack of upkeep means it's seldom crowded, plus it's not as challenging as some of the other courses in the area. Its 18 holes were designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. It also has two practice greens, three tennis courts, a pro shop, and a restaurant. The green fees include your cart, food, and beverages. Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 7.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/883–1230. $160 for 18 holes. 18 holes. 7051 yards. Par 72.

Iberostar Cancún. The only 18-hole championship course in Cancún is at the Iberostar. Designed by legendary golfer Isao Aoki, it lies along the Nichupté Lagoon. The course has a practice facility with driving range and putting green. Four sets of tees stretch from 5,000 yards to 6,800 yards over 150 lush acres; you're likely to see all kinds of wildlife including crocodiles, birds, and iguanas as you play. Other than a few holes lined by jungle and lagoon, the course is wide open and the fairways are fast. The 16th hole overlooks the Mayan Ruinas del Rey. Hotel guests receive 60% off green fees, which include carts, food, and drinks. Iberostar, Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 17, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/881–8016. $199 for 18 holes. 18 holes. 6734 yards. Par 72.

Moon Spa & Golf Club. This Jack Nicklaus–designed course features four sets of tees and is lined with jungle, wetlands, and strategically placed bunkers. Skilled golfers will welcome the challenge of Hole 17, a 151-yard, par 3 that plays downwind to an island green. Other course highlights include Hole 6 (a drivable par 4 that plays 336 yards but crosses over water), and the last hole (a tough par 4 that plays 446 yards). The 18-hole green fee includes a cart, food, and drink service. If you're staying at any of the Palace Resorts, inquire about all-inclusive golf packages. Lessons are available. Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Carretera Cancún-Chetumal, Km 340, about 15 mins from airport, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/881–6000. $303 for 18 holes. 18 holes. 7165 yards. Par 72.

Playa Mujeres Golf Club. Designed by Greg Norman, Cancún's newest course is challenging due to the daily trade winds and waterways on most holes. The game gets serious on Hole 11, par 3 which is protected by bunkers, framed on the right by water, and 197 yards into the breeze. Yet the toughest par 4 on the back nine is Hole 12, which has more water on the right all the way, plus the breeze and enormous beach bunker protecting the green; the 446 yards make it difficult to keep the ball dry. Green fees include a cart, bottled water, and balls. Playa Mujeres Beach Resort, Prolongación Bonampak, Punta Sam, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/887–7322 or 998/800–3892. $179 for 18 holes. 18 holes. 7218 yards. Par 72.

Puerto Cancún Golf. Designed by British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf, this 18-hole course is in Puerto Cancún, midway between the Zona Hotelera and El Centro. It stretches over 185 acres and has ocean views plus two holes that play on the marina. The winding fairways will test your skills on distance and short game swing, and the strategically placed bunkers demand a great deal of accuracy. Stay focused on the final hole, as it is located on an island in the middle of a canal. The course offers access to the Puerto Cancún youth golf program. Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 1.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/898–3306. $93 for 18 holes. 18 holes. 7107 yards. Par 72. Closed Mon.

Riviera Cancún Golf. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this 18-hole golf course has ocean views and a Mexican-style clubhouse that's surrounded by mangroves, dunes, bridges, and lakes. The beautifully manicured course requires a certain level of strategic bunkering, straight shots, and skill, especially off the tee. Holes 10–18 are more challenging than the front nine. Bring more balls than you think, as you'll encounter water at nearly every hole. This course is not associated with a specific hotel. Blvd. Kukulcán, Km. 25, southern end of Kukulcán near Punta Nizuc, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/848–7777. $200 for 18 holes. 18 holes. 7060 yards. par 72.

Motorcycle Riding

Harley-Davidson Cancún. Want to turn Kukulcán Boulevard into Route 66? Rent a motorbike. All models are available, including the Softail, Sportster, and VRSC. "Road-hog warriors" must be licensed and pay a M$27,100 deposit before peeling out. Forum-by-the-Sea, Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 10, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/883–4850. From M$2,033 per day. 9 am–10 pm.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Aqua Fun. Sign on with Aqua Fun for a two-hour tour of the mangroves that includes snorkeling at the Punta Nizuc reef. Tours go daily at 9 am, noon, and 3 pm; advance reservations are required. Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 16.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/885–2930. M$953.

AquaWorld. If you want to visit the underwater museum, AquaWorld runs both snorkeling excursions and scuba trips to the site. Dive explorations of boat wrecks are also organized. Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 15.2, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/848–8327. Snorkeling trips M$610; dive trips from M$881; wreck dives M$1043.

Marina Punta del Este. Located right in front of the Grand Park Royal Cancún Caribe, Marina Punta del Este has dives that last from 3½ to 4 hours. If you need a lesson, daily ones begin at 9 am and 1 pm. Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 10.3, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/883–1210. Dives from M$1030.

Scuba Cancún. Tomás Hurtado, who has more than 60 years of experience, operates Scuba Cancún. His outfit specializes in diving trips and offers PADI instruction. Playa Langosta, Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/849–7508. Dives from M$840.

Solo Buceo. In addition to PADI instruction, Solo Buceo offers one- and two-tank dives; special twilight dives are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday. Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/883–3979. Dives from M$881; instruction from M$1423.