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Plan a getaway to the Mexican Caribbean with an American Airlines flight to Cancún. Dive and snorkel around technicolor coral reefs, perfect your tan by the beach or pool, and dance the night away when you fly to Cancún with American Airlines.

Divide your day among the beach, the spa and the pool

Plunge into a juicy read on Cancún's east-facing beaches or bring the family for a swim in the calmer turquoise waters of Bahía de Mujeres. You can't resist a dip in your resort's pool, nor the glamorous Hotel Zone resorts, which tempt with top-notch day spas for massages, yoga classes and all-around pampering.

Tee up where the Maya once kept watch over the Caribbean and the cosmos.

Try to keep your eye on the ball while playing the 16th hole at the Kukulcán Golf Course—the ancient stones of nearby El Rey archaeological ruins are a delightful distraction. At the Cancún Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok, the hazard on the 12th hole is a fragment of Maya ruins.

Discover the underwater world of the Great Mesoamerican Reef in Cancun

Cancún's best snorkeling is at Punta Nizuc, where rainbow-colored tropical fish congregate among the corals. Take the adventure deeper in scuba school and go below the water of nearby Cozumel Island for some of the world's top scuba diving.

Party till dawn in Cancún's extravagant dance clubs

You might spy a Hollywood celebrity among the 3,000 revelers at the City, famous for hosting international hip-hop acts. Gawk at the aerialists flying overhead while you dance on the tables and bars at Coco Bongo. The music and drinks don't stop flowing till the sun rises over the Caribbean.

Explore the ruins of temples and tombs in the massive Maya city of Chichén Itzá.

Snap photos of the monumental El Castillo pyramid—its 365 white stone stairs represent the days of the year. Learn how the Maya played a mysterious life-or-death ball game in the Ball Court. Cool off in the Il Kil cenote, an underground freshwater swimming hole unique to the Yucatán Peninsula.

More Cancun Activities

Get off the beaten path in Cancún with more things to do from American Airlines. Take to the water by jet ski through Nichupté lagoon or by ferry to Isla Mujeres, and leap into freshwater cenotes in the Riviera Maya and Xcaret park. American is with you every step of the way.

Enjoy a 15-minute ferry ride to Isla Mujeres from Cancun.

Once there, make a family date to swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Discovery or lay out on Playa Norte beach and swim in the calm Caribbean. Rent a golf cart to scoot south to El Garrafón National Park where you can snuba—scuba dive with an air tube instead of a tank—among the tropical fish.

Zoom through the mangroves and across Nichupté lagoon on a jet ski.

Your destination is Punta Nizuc, site of Cancún's best snorkeling. Sign up for a jungle tour with a Cancún tour company or rent your own jet ski directly from the lagoon. Prefer man or windpower? Kayaks, sailboards and sailboats are also available for rent on the lagoon and Caribbean side.

Prepare for an action-packed day at Xcaret, just outside Cancun

The Mayan Riviera's eco-adventure park just an hour's drive from Cancún. Xcaret captures what's unusual about the Yucatán, with reefs to snorkel, forests to hike, underground rivers to float in and caverns to swim. Stay for the evening performance, which showcases dozens of folkloric dances and colorful costumes from across Mexico.

Dare to high dive into freshwater swimming caverns

Bring your snorkel to check out the catfish and underwater rock walls. Cenote Azul, with its rock overhangs, and Jardín del Edén, with its lush tropical setting, are south of the chic beach town Playa del Carmen. Fuel up with lunch there at a Mexican cafe on bustling La Quinta (5th Avenue).

Reserve an ocean- or lagoon-side table for dinner in the Hotel Zone

You'll find sophisticated French, Italian and Mexican cuisine at the beachfront resorts and low-key restaurants on Nichupté Lagoon. Choose from a variety of cuisines and romantic settings: perhaps Southeast Asian satay in a private palm-covered booth or Mexican peppers stuffed with fresh lobster in a Spanish-style courtyard.

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