Encompassing the country’s easternmost Mexican Caribbean coast, there are a number of reasons Yucatan Peninsula beaches remain one of the world’s top must-see travel destinations for beach bums worldwide. With pristine, soft white sand shoreline and clear turquoise waters, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a fantastic place for a beach vacation any time of year, but this is especially true during the long, cold, bleak winter months.
Read on to see our top five reasons to visit the most beautiful beaches in the world and start to plan your next holiday now!
1. Best Beaches in the World to Visit
From Merida, Progreso, Ria Lagartos, and Isla Holbox on the Peninsula’s northern coast, to Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum on the eastern shore overlooking the Mexican Caribbean Sea, there are many different Yucatan Mexico beaches to explore, and each area has its own distinctive beauty and unique offerings. Regardless of where you decide to stay, the white-sand beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula are always perfect for long days soaking up the sun and there are endless opportunities to snorkel off the coast along the world’s second-largest barrier reef.
2. Breathtaking Sunrises
Because of its location on the country’s eastern shore, the entire Mexican Caribbean region has incredibly picturesque sunrises and the best beaches in Mexico. Even if you’re not typically an early riser, it’s totally worth getting up early to enjoy the experience of watching the morning sun appear to emerge from the water on the horizon. Every morning the sky displays a new set of vibrant colors as clear blue waves lap gently along the shore. Insider Tip: There are many sunrise beachfront yoga classes in the Riviera Maya, offering a fabulous way to start the day.
3. Luxury Accommodations
No matter where you decide to stay, Yucatan Peninsula beaches are peppered with resorts, boutique hotels and condo developments, offering plenty of variety and incredible value for the money, while maintaining a focus on sustainability and a deep respect for the environment. The region has everything from adults-only to family-friendly accommodations and everything in between, and visitors can also decide if they prefer to stay in a more laid-back or high-energy atmosphere. Insider Tip: We recommend booking a stay in one of the Riviera Maya’s new condo-hotels, which offer all the services and amenities of a big-box resort, with more spacious units and personalized service.
4. Exciting Activities
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula also offers easy access to many different excursions and activities that simply can’t be found anywhere else in the world! Visitors can tour ancient Mayan ruins, explore stunning freshwater cenotes, enjoy exceptional food, world-class shopping and a wide variety of incredible cultural activities, a vacation to Yucatan Mexico beaches amounts to so much more than just another typical beach holiday. Insider Tip: Take a float tour through the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and check out the ancient Mayan city of Muyil.
5. Safe and Convenient Location
The Cancun International Airport makes it a breeze to reach any of the coastal areas in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, as well as other parts of the Yucatan Peninsula. From here, it’s between 15 minutes and a couple of hours for travelers to access all of the region’s top beach destinations, and affordable flights are usually available between Cancun and most of the major cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition, this part of Mexico is very safe and the infrastructure has already been modernized, so getting from Point A to Point B is easy to accomplish.
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