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Cancun's Hidden Gems

Destination(s): Cancun

My Cancun's Hidden Gems guide includes a remote beach, 2 small Mayan ruins sites, and 2 great restaurants that are perfect for a romantic night out, a special occasion, or just enjoying a wonderful meal.

Avoid crowds by visiting these lesser-known places in Cancun. read more about Cancun's Hidden Gems

Zona Arqueológica El Rey

Zona Arqueológica El Rey

  • Boulevard Kukulcán Km 18
  • tel:+52 998 881 2745
  • Cancún, 77500
Isla Contoy

Isla Contoy

  • 15 Miles North Of Isla Mujeres
  • tel:+52 998 287 3671 (Call for details)
  • Visit website
  • Cancún, 77500

This small island paradise, located approximately 30 miles from Cancun, is an incredible nature reserve, also known as the Island of the Birds. Covering an area of 230 hectares, it is the refuge for about 100 species of birds. Contoy means "pelican" in Mayan, and this is the most abundant species. They live together with other fauna such as turtles, reptiles and small mammals. Contoy Island is surrounded by the waters of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. There is a small museum and a five-story lighthouse with a beautiful view. To preserve the balance of the reserve, only a limited number of visitors are allowed in at any one time. read more about Isla Contoy

Isla Blanca

Isla Blanca

  • 15 Miles North Of Isla Mujeres
  • Cancun

Isla Blanca (literally means "white beach") is a beautiful stretch of beach, located approximately 12.5 miles north of downtown Cancun.  The name is a bit misleading, since Isla Blanca is not really an island.  Instead it is a narrow peninsula, with the sea on one side and Chakmochuk Lagoon on the other.

This area is excellent for fly-fishing.  Several tour operators run fly-fishing excursions throughout the year.  Kiteboarding is the latest craze in the Cancun area.  Daredevils wishing to give the sport a try can visit Ikarus Kiteboarding School, located very close to Isla Blanca.

The turquoise waters and white sand, combined with the lack of people, make this pristine beach a fantastic getaway for a day.    

There are no organized tours to the beaches of Isla Blanca.  You will have to rent a car or hire a taxi for a few hours, if you wish to visit this area.  


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Captain Hook Cruise in Cancun

Captain Hook Cruise in Cancun

L'Escargot

L'Escargot

  • Calle Piña #27, SM-25
  • tel:(998) 887-6337
  • Visit website
  • Cancun, 77500

L'Escargot is one of Cancun's hidden treasures. This small, family-owned & operated restaurant serves up some of the most incredible food you'll find in Cancun. The menu is French-inspired but, in addition to Foie Gras, PatÚs, and, of course, L'escargot, diners will also find beef, duck, lamb, and fish dishes. The portions are generous and the food is absolutely delicious. The staff speaks Spanish, English, & French. There is seating on the terrace and inside the restaurant. The indoor dining area has air conditioning. There is live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays. At this time, breakfast is NOT being served. Breakfast service will resume in September. read more about L'Escargot