Mexico’s Caribbean Coast is a vast stretch of tropical coastline on the Yucatan Peninsula, spanning an impressive 100 miles from Cancun to Tulum. It’s a popular part of the country for travellers looking to experience the vibrant culture, tasty cuisine and stunning scenery that Mexico has to offer.
So, how can you best have an authentic, fun-filled Mexican break on the Caribbean Coast? Coming up, we share our advice on some of the top locations and activities to consider for your stay, plus a few helpful tips to get the most out of your trip.
Where to stay
With plenty of purpose-built resorts, luxury hotels and holiday rentals to choose from, there’s no shortage of beautiful places to stay when taking a holiday to Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. Some of the most favoured destinations include Cancun and Tulum, popular for their perfect mix of breathtaking scenery, buzzing nightlife and accessible tourist amenities.
If you’re hoping to get a glimpse of those perfect, unspoiled white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters (but prefer to avoid the tourist hotspots) Puerto Morelos is an equally beautiful destination, with a more lowkey, laid-back atmosphere.
Looking for a little bit of everything? Alternatively, you could take a trip across the entire peninsula to visit each of the jewels of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, from Puerto Morelos, through to Playa Del Carmen, Puerto Aventura, and down to Punta Allen – the perfect option if you’re after a truly authentic coastal experience.
What to do
Not only is the Caribbean Coast in Mexico breathtakingly beautiful, it has plenty of cultural attractions and historical landmarks to visit. So, between the restful days lounging at the beach bar or by the pool, there’s lots to keep you busy and entertained – whether you’re taking a solo trip, a couples’ holiday, or a family retreat.
Top attractions include the ancient Mayan ruins dotted along the coast – in Tulum, you’ll even find spots to view them right from the beach. With some of the structures as old as 4600 years, a trip to these historical sites is not to be missed.
Plus, there’s plenty in the way of food to try, from tasty treats in Puerto Morelos’ local markets, to a number of taco festivals that take place each year in Playa Mujeres. After you’ve successfully gorged yourself on all the local delicacies the region has to offer, why not head over to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve to enjoy the wildlife, or the Mesoamerican Reef in Puerto Morelos to snorkel with the turtles? You could even treat yourself to a playful monkey experience at the spider-monkey sanctuary in Quintana Roo.
Things to consider
Preparation is key to getting the most out of your trip to Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. You’ll want to consider the weather and temperature of your chosen destination. The average annual temperature across the coast is 26°C, perfect for both relaxing and exploring, while in the summer months of June to August, the temperature gets up to 33°C – in January, you’ll find lows of 17°C. The wettest months in the region are usually September and October, so it’s best to avoid travelling at this time if you’re hoping to spend much of your holiday enjoying the outdoors.
Don’t forget to do plenty of research on Mexico holiday destinations and activities prior to booking your travel and accommodation – this way, you can be sure that your must-try activities are going to be available (and that you’ve packed the right clothes and equipment) once you arrive at your chosen location.
A must-see destination
No matter where you choose to stay on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, you’re sure to have the experience of a lifetime. With so many enriching activities to try and spectacular sights to see, it’s no wonder that the Yucatan Peninsula is a must-experience spot for avid explorers and holidaymakers.