I am lucky enough to live in the Yucatan Peninsula and have gotten to explore some incredible places! From beaches to Mayan ruins, this itinerary shows you the best of what the area has to offer!
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Mexico12 days / October 2020
Highs & Lows
The sparkling blue waters of Mahuahual
The crowds in Playa del Carmen and Tulum
The Yucatan Peninsula is world renowned for stunning beaches, amazing architectural ruins and refreshing cenotes. Combined with laid-back hippy towns, serene lakes and delicious food, the region really does have something for everything! Best of all, Cancun is easily accessible and cheap to travel to from the US and Europe!
I did this itinerary in two different trips but have combined it into one. It can be easily shortened or you can even add more time and continue onwards towards other parts of Mexico.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Anything go wrong during the trip?
Cell phone service shut off completely when I was in Holbox which cost me a lot of money due to missed work.
How was the food?
In Playa del Carmen, you absolutely must try Comet 984. It is a 1950s themed vegetarian diner. The veggie burgers are delicious and the Snickers milkshake is out of this world!
What tips would you give a friend?
Unless you want to be surrounded by Instagram influencers, I would limit my time in Tulum. If you have extra time, I recommend stopping in Puerto Morelos. It is a laid back little beach town halfway between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. During this trip, I also stopped in Chetumal which I have omitted from this itinerary. I wouldn't recommend stopping there unless you are crossing the border to Belize as there is little of interest to see.
Pack as lightly as possible. I usually just use a small backpack when doing beach trips and washing clothes in the sink. It will save you a ton of aggravation later on.
The Mayan Riviera is extremely well connected and easy to travel around.
I booked most of my hotels on Booking.com or directly at the property.