You won't go hungry if you spend all day trolling the myriad dining options at your all-inclusive resort. But how about savoring a meal you made yourself, with the added bonus of taking newfound skills home with you? The Cancun region is home to a growing number of cooking schools, like the popular Little Mexican Cooking School, located a cab's ride south of Cancun in the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos; classes are capped at 12 people and, for $99, introduce students to indigenous ingredients and culminate in a multi-course late lunch of dishes they've prepared themselves. In the hotel zone, the Ritz-Carlton Cancun offers cooking class sessions every Wednesday, priced at $120 per person; their culinary center features state-of-the-art Viking cooking equipment, a residential-style kitchen with 12 counter seats and sweeping views of the sea.
See Merida, Skip Cancun
One of the neat things about Cancun is that it puts you close to other historically and culturally rich cities worth discovering, like Merida, which was founded in the mid-1500s. This city is an important political and financial hub, but it's also worth visiting for the museums, markets and parks it has to offer. There are fine dining restaurants and sidewalk cafes, as well as nighttime discos. And you can get around town in a horse-drawn carriage. For a unique experience, visit one of Merida's many cenotes – natural fresh water sinkholes – that are scattered throughout.
Drive a Ferrari, Skip the Cab
On a relaxing Cancun escape, getting behind the wheel may be the furthest thing from your mind. Unless, of course, it's the wheel of a Ferrari F430, a Mercedes SLS or a Camaro SS. The new company, Exotic Rides, is getting a lot of buzz for its 1.2-mile speedway and its lineup of luxe wheels, some of which allow speeds of up to 150 mph. Depending on your ride, the five-lap experience, with coaching from pro racers, ranges from $99 to $699.
Gabe Saglie is senior editor for Travelzoo. For deals on Cancun vacation packages, hotels and attractions, check out http://www.travelzoo.com/vacations/mexico/ and http://www.travelzoo.com/hotels/caribbean-mexico/.