Play, Stay, Do: The Best Golf Courses Near Cancun, Mexico
For golf, surf and Mayan jungle ruins, three trophy tracks await on the Yucatan Peninsula.
One of Mexico's most variety-filled layouts ($100-$190) ribbons through mangroves on the front and opens up on the breezy back. Paspalum fairways, beefy par 3s and the island-green 18th are highlights. puertocancun.com
Located on a peninsula that juts into the Caribbean, the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva serves up such memorable features as swim-up suites, a microbrewery and a 17-mile stretch of beach. cancun.ziva.hyatt.com
Herpetological-minded golfers will flock to the famed sea turtle farm on Isla Mujeres, a tranquil island eight miles off the mainland. The ports for the ferry ride are just a 10-minute drive from Puerto Cancun.
The 2008 Jack Nicklaus Signature Design ($170-$220) is a pure golf experience—no homes, no distractions. Sea views, lush landscaping and topsy-turvy greens stand out. Equally impressive is the mammoth, luxurious clubhouse.
With a central location 15 minutes from the course, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is idyllic. There's superb service, an infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean, and a spa that's simply superior. marriott.com
Everybody in the water! The dazzling turquoise sea invites jet skiing and world-class snorkeling and scuba diving. And you can explore underwater caverns as well as cenotes, sinkholes created by eroding limestone bedrock.
The El Tinto course ($70-$180) stretches a Tour-worthy 7,435 yards from the Black tees and features enormous bunkers and Florida-style water hazards. A lack of rough makes the tough track more playable. cancuncountryclub.com
The Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun is a beachfront resort seven miles from Cancun Country Club. Its restaurants and bars serve up delicious cocktails and fresh seafood. fiestaamericanaresorts.com
Take a jungle hike through Mayan ruins dating back more than a thousand years. Chichen Itza, the most famous site and once one of the largest Mayan cities, is a little more than two hours inland from Cancún.