The Mexican portion of the Yucatán Peninsula includes favorite cities such as Cancun, Playa Del Carman, Tulum, and Cozumel. We’ve all heard the wild stories from spring breakers in Cancun, but aside from hook-ups and Patron, what is there to do? EVERYTHING! There are countless things to do while visiting, but with such little time, what are the “can’t miss” hot spots on the peninsula? Not to worry, I’ve got everything you need to know right here!
MUSA Underwater Museum
Museo Subacuatico de Arte is an undersea contemporary art museum south of Cancun. With 500 life-sized underwater sculptures, this is one of the largest subaquatic art exhibitions in the world. This unforgettable attraction aims to promote coral reef growth and sustainability while providing a unique experience for visitors. Aside from the obvious scuba diving endeavor, Musa also offers glass boat excursions, jungle tours, and guided snorkeling for those who want to experience this unusual site from above. For more information on tours and pricing, visit MUSA.
Xel-Há is wildly popular amongst tourists and prides itself on its investment in environmental sustainability programs, including habitat conservation and its re-forestation effort. This all-inclusive theme park offers an array of attractions amongst some of the most gorgeous scenery on the peninsula. Activities include multiple snorkeling zones, cycling on jungle paths, aquatic zip-lines, cliff jumping, open buffet, domestic open bar, scuba-diving in cenotes, stingray encounters and countless other activities you won’t want to miss!
Experience Sunshine In Izamal
They say the color yellow promotes happiness and positivity. If you believe this is true, and want to snap a great picture for your ‘gram, Izamal is a must-see! This small town in northern Yucatan is known for its bright yellow buildings and cobblestone streets. As one of the oldest cities in Yucatan, this unique location is rich and history and culture. If you’re looking for a more authentic Mexican experience, Izamal is worth the trek.
With over 6000 cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula, these natural sinkholes are perfect for a day away from the beach. No matter where you are on the peninsula, a cenote is not far away. Some locations do require a small entrance fee, while others are free, but a bit difficult to find. I suggest befriending locals and asking about less popular spots to swim. Don’t forget your GoPro, because this an ideal place for a waterproof camera.
Kayak In Bacalar Lagoon
Located 20 miles north of Belize, Bacalar Lagoon is the perfect place for a peaceful and relaxing day of solitude. There are multiple kayak rental companies nearby, as well as guided tours if you’re interested in learning about the area. This includes being sacked by pirates in the 17th century. The lagoon is also great for snorkeling, cavern diving, and boat tours. Whatever activity you choose to do in Bacalar, you won’t be disappointed. Just look at that water!
Yoga In Tulum
First of all, why aren’t we all in Tulum right now!? It has recently become a favorite spot for millennials because of its luxurious boutique hotels, strong emphases on yoga, photogenic meal presentation, and pristine views. The Sanará Hotel is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for all of those things in one location. Their beachfront yoga studio opens its sliding doors to crashing waves and sea breeze and offers a variety of classes for all skill levels. Sanará’s certified instructors typically offer three classes a day making it easy to work into your schedule.
If you have been to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula I’d love to hear what you did during your time there. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!