Wrapped along the Caribbean, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is home to popular cities like lively Cancun, vibrant Playa del Carmen, and tranquil Tulum, all within a 90 mile stretch of gorgeous coastline. And despite being a tourist hotspot, the white sand beaches and coral reef here remain pristine and undisturbed, as do the natural and historical sites that draw visitors to the Yucatan in droves year after year.
The region’s hub Cancun is famous for its yearly spring-break insanity, though it offers much more throughout the year, including shopping and deep sea fishing, not to mention a bustling nightlife scene.
If you’re vacationing among the lovely beaches of Playa del Carmen, then hop aboard one of the hourly ferries that take you to the nearby island of Cozumel. Explore the reefs by partaking in a scuba dive or by paddling along the shores in a glass bottomed kayak. Take a tour of the island’s Mayan ruins, and be sure to partake in the delectable local cuisine of charming San Miguel.
For those who tire of spending your days lounging seaside, consider a fascinating day trip to see some of the most famous Mayan Ruins for yourself. The famed Chichén Itzá is a top day trip for many staying around Cancun, or if you’re staying further south, head to the seaside ruins in Tulum or jungle-shrouded Coba, where if you dare, you can climb to the top of the Great Pyramid, the highest Mayan temple in the Yucatan.
If the Caribbean sun becomes too much for you and you crave a refreshing diversion, put on your swimsuit and head underground to any of the Yucatan’s renowned cenotes. These fresh water filled sinkholes, often hidden within stalactite-filled caves, will take your swim from ordinary to simply surreal.
You’ll instantly realize why the ancient Mayans considered cenotes to be spiritual places while spending an afternoon diving into these sublimely smooth and crystal clear waters.
From destination weddings and honeymoons, to group vacations and cruising excursions, there are plenty of reasons why people head to the Yucatan and even more activities to fill your days while you’re there. So now the choice is yours, how do you want to spend the days of your Yucatan getaway?
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