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MEXICO TRAVEL GUIDE

Although there’s plenty to explore in this huge and diverse country, we are going to focus on the Caribbean side, and the Yucatan Peninsula in particular.  With Mayan ruins and jungle treks near the coast, as well as the second largest reef in the world located just a few miles off shore, Mexico is an ideal location for a snorkel and hike vacation.

Cancun in the major airport hub, and how most people will arrive unless coming on a cruise ship.  Renting a car and driving is easy in Mexico, and the Yucatan remains relatively safe.  However, the situation can always change quickly, so make sure to keep an eye on the most recent travel advisories before traveling.  If driving isn’t your style, there are a plethora of shuttle, taxi, ferry, and public transportation options to get you to all of the best spots to explore.

HIGHLIGHTS

underwater photo of fish and coral with text overlay snorkeling in cozumel

THE MAIN AREAS & ISLANDS

aerial view of downtown cozumel

Just 12 miles off the coast of the mainland, Cozumel is a major hotspot for anyone who loves exploring under the water.  Located off the Mesoamerican Reef, the largest reef in the Western Hemisphere, the waters off Cozumel are teeming with sealife to discover.   

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Mayan ruins along beach in tulum

RIVIERA MAYA

When people think of Mexican beaches, they are thinking of the gorgeous white sand beaches with crystal clear blue water of the Riviera Maya.  But, there’s more to this area than just beach.   With multiple Mayan ruins to explore and cenotes to swim in, there’s plenty inland to keep you busy for days.

aerial view of isla holbox

ISLA HOLBOX

Isla Holbox is slightly less known that many of the other tourist locations in the Yucatan, but that’s one of the best parts about it.  Although it’s beginning to become more popular, you can still expect to escape most of the crowds on this island.  If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime experience, Isla Holbox is a popular spot to swim with Whale Sharks!

ALL THE BEST SPOTS TO STAY & EXPLORE IN MEXICO

WHERE TO STAY

Cozumel:
Secrets Aura Cozumel

Riviera Maya:
Check out the houses located on Solomon or Tankah Bays between Akumal and Tulum.  It’s one of our FAVORITE spots in the world!

Isla Holbox:
Casa Las Tortugas

WHEN TO GO

December through April is the dry season in Mexico, and also the best time to visit to beat the heat and humidity of the summer months or the chance of a hurricane in the fall.  One thing to keep in mind when planning a trip to this area is that it is a VERY popular spring break destination for college students.  If that’s not your scene, try to avoid visiting in March and April.

We love shoulder season travel, so November and May are also great choices.  The benefit is that you may find cheaper prices, more availability, and fewer crowds.  However, the downside is that when you are planning in shoulder season, there’s always a risk that the undesirable weather may linger later than planned or show up early.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Driving:  Driving is very similar to what you would expect in the United States, but be prepared for some hassles and possibly the need to purchase additional rental car insurance when arriving.  It’s also not uncommon to be stopped at police or roadside check points by soldiers carrying machine guns.  It’s for your protection, and they are usually quite friendly and easy going, but it can be a bit surprising to a first time visitor.

Language:  The official language is Spanish, but given the large amount of tourism in the area, many people will be able to speak or understand at least some English.  It never hurts to practice a bit of Spanish though as it can come in handy, especially if visiting anywhere off the beaten path.  

Currency:  The Mexican Peso is the official currency, but some places in very touristy areas may accept other currencies.  To check the latest conversion, visit XE.com.

Outlets/Voltage:  Type A/B, 127V, so Americans, you shouldn’t have any problems.  Traveling from outside North America?  Check out our favorite all-in-one converter and adaptor here.  

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