Are you looking for a new destination for your vacations? Look no further and head to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico! Located at the southeastern end of the country, the Yucatan Peninsula will amaze you with the diversity of landscapes it offers. Heavenly beaches, turquoise lagoons, stunning cenotes, and impressive Mayan ruins, I promise you an unforgettable vacation. Just back from my own road trip, I am delighted to share with you the best places to visit in Yucatan Peninsula not to be missed!
Located off the coast of Cancun, Isla Mujeres is famous for its pleasant lifestyle. Only 7 km long and 650 m wide, this little island is the perfect place to start your Mexican road trip. There really is no better place to recover from a long flight, far from the bustle of Cancun. Colorful streets, paradisiacal beach, Mexican music, and a delicious aroma of spicy food – a mix that smells of the Caribbean!
Playa del Carmen
Located 70 km from Cancun on the Riviera Maya, the seaside resort of Playa del Carmen is renowned for its vibrant and festive atmosphere. It’s the ideal spot to spend an unforgettable Mexican evening drinking traditional Tequila!
How to speak about the Yucatan Peninsula without mentioning Tulum? Tulum is a hippie chic treasure and a must-see during your Mexican road trip! There, you will find the world-famous Mayan archeological site of Tulum. The site promises you a breathtaking spectacle with its incredible ruins dominating the Caribbean Sea.
Located in the south of the Peninsula, Bacalar is a small, hidden, and peaceful paradise. Bacalar is still spared from mass tourism unlike its neighbors Tulum and Playa del Carmen. However, it is in my opinion the most beautiful spot in the entire Yucatan Peninsula! Its lagoon of an unbelievable crystalline turquoise blue will truly enchant you.
Lost in the heart of a 180,000 km2 jungle, and only a few kilometers from the Guatemalan border, the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve is a must-see. It is the largest rainforest reserve in Mexico, within its heart the exceptional remains of one of the largest and most powerful cities of the Mayan Empire.
Located in the western part of the Yucatan Peninsula, the charming city of Campeche will seduce you with its beautiful pastel-colored streets. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful city was founded in 1540 by the conquistadors. And, then the city was fortified with ramparts a few years later to prevent pirates from attacking. It is from its historic center lined by its ramparts that Campeche draws its attraction today.
As the capital of Yucatan, Merida is the largest city in the entire Peninsula. It is the ideal spot to learn more about the history of the country by visiting its numerous monuments and museums. It is also an opportunity to visit the famous Mayan archaeological site of Uxmal.
Much smaller than its neighbor Merida, Valladolid is an emblematic city of the Yucatan Peninsula due to its major asset: its location. Indeed, it is the starting point to reach many must-see sites such as Izamal – the yellow city, Chichén Itzá – one of the new seven wonders of the world, and Las Coloradas – the pink lakes.
A small paradise island located in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula, Holbox is the ideal spot to gently end your Mexican road trip. Holbox is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Punta Mosquito. Believe me my friends, the life there is so pleasant, that you will not want to leave!
Well, my fellow travelers, that’s a wrap about the best places to visit in Yucatan Peninsula not to be missed in the Yucatan Peninsula. I have loved every minute of my road trip there, and hope to have given you guys the desire to go, too! Should you want more details, you can reach me on Instagram.