5 Things to do near the Cancun Airport

Do you have time to spare before your flight? Maybe you have a connection flight to wait for… If you have more than 3 hours, which is the recommended time to get to the airport before a flight, know 5 Things To Do Near the Cancun Airport that are close by for you to enjoy. 

1. Playa Delfines Lookout spot

About 30 minutes from the Cancun Airport, you can enjoy one last view of the ocean and even take a swim. Playa Delfines is famous for having the big colorful “CANCUN” letters where people love taking pictures. It’s a known stop for many tourists before they head off to the airport to catch a flight. Enjoy the breeze and the astonishing ocean view.

Playa Delfines is located in Km 18 from the Hotel Zone, and it is a perfect place to go if you don’t have a lot of time before your flight. A quick stop to this special spot so you take advantage of every second of your stay in Cancun.

Cancun sign at Playa Delfines

2. Scenic Tower

Get an unforgettable view from Cancun’s Scenic Tower. Enjoy the most incredible panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea at 260 ft (80 m) tall. The regular Cost of admission is $20.00 USD. Open from 9am to 9pm and located at El Embarcadero Isla Mujeres by Xcaret at Blvd. Kukulcán Km 4, Cancun Hotel Zone. About 28 minutes from the Cancun Airport, is a great option to have a quick but unique memory to take with you.

Scenic tower in Cancun's Hotel Zone


3. Mirador Rio Nizuc

A small fishing pier for you to enjoy the view of the river. At the end of the main street you’ll find a nice restaurant to eat at. Located only 12 minutes away from the Airport, is a nice and chill option for you to explore.

Nichupte Lagoon in Cancun


4. La Isla Shopping Village

La Isla is the place to go to grab some coffee, eat lunch and window shop right before a flight. It is known for its strip of relaxing canalside cafes and international food and fashion chains. Activities for the whole family await you. An Interactive Aquarium, with over a thousand species, offers dolphin shows and touch tanks. Also, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum displays dozens of models of real and fictional people, including Elvis and Spider-Man.

La Isla Shopping Village


5. Hotel Zone tour

If you only have a few hours left before your flight, the easiest and less consuming option for you is to take a ride around the Hotel Zone. If you don’t want to wait around at the Airport, the Hotel Zone is a nice place to walk or drive around. You get to see the Nichupté Lagoon and also the Craft Market. Starting from Punta Nizuc and coming back from Km 3 of the Hotel Zone, it can take about 2 hours or more, depending if you make any stops. We recommend you avoid driving downtown because of the traffic. Do know that the hours of more traffic in the Hotel Zone are, in the morning from 8-10am and in the afternoon, from 5-7pm.

Cancun Hotel Zone street

Pro tip: Do not forget to set up an alarm! You don’t want to lose your flight and be stuck in Cancun… or do you?

Talking transportation: 

Taxis are available at the Airport but their fee is higher than normal due to the location.

UBER is not allowed to enter the Airport area, so it’s not a viable option… 

We recommend you take private transportation, it is easier and if you let them know, they’ll take you back to the airport right on time.

Nevertheless, BE ON TIME! As mentioned, it is recommended that, for international flights, you get to the airport 3 hours before. Set an alarm and don’t try doing everything, we know it’s hard to resist but we don’t want you to rush, we want you to relax and have a nice experience before you head to your final destination.

Don’t forget to take good care of your belongging, especially your passport and flight tickets. If you’re going to explore the city keep checking your current flight information. As any other Airport, flights might change gates or get delayed. Know which Terminal your flight is schedule for. Terminal 1 is normally for domestic flights, normally from North America; Terminal 2 is used for international and domestic flights, while Terminal 3 and 4 are used for domestic and international flights from North America and Europe.

Enjoy and until next time! We wish your next visit to Cancun and the Riviera Maya lasts longer!

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