The Yucatan Peninsula: Cancun
The Yucatan Peninsula attracts over 3 million visitors per year and is one of Mexico’s most visited region, from health conscious vegans to nature lovers, explorers, and luxury getaway seekers, it is a place for everyone under the sun! Whether you’re a family, couple, or solo traveler seeking adventure or a low key, chill and relaxing vacation, it’s a favorite destination for both US and international travelers of all kinds.
With countless of things to do along the Yucatan Peninsula, you are guaranteed to have a great time. Explore the famous Cenotes, historical Mayan archaeological sites, enjoy an all day excursion, or get a taste of delicious vegan cuisine in beautiful Playa del Carmen. Whatever you decide, this travel guide will break down all you need to know to help plan your trip.
When planning your trip, it’s important to do your research. Get insights on the food, water, local customs and traditions. This will allow you to appreciate the culture and gain a better understanding of the historical landmarks. It will also help you prepare for food and water safety as well as prevent allergic reactions if you have allergies. It’s also a good idea to learn some basic Spanish to help you communicate with the locals and make your trip more enjoyable.
For the best weather conditions, visiting December to April during the winter dry season is ideally the best time to plan your trip. However, airfare and hotel rates will be much higher. If you want to beat the crowds, visiting during low season, September to November is much quieter and more affordable if you don’t mind some rain or a potential hurricane. The best time would be at the end of November right before the end of hurricane season.
First and foremost, to enter Mexico you’ll need a passport. Then you’ll want to check to see if you need a visa depending on where you are traveling from and immigration status. Also, while not required, obtaining travel insurance is highly encouraged. You may also want to travel with a VPN service to ensure access to all web content as some sites may be blocked in Mexico. It will also help protect and secure your browsing activity.
You can get there by plane, bus, or car depending on where you are coming from. If by plane, there are several airlines that fly into Mexico with Cancun (CUN) being the most popular airport. From there you can take a taxi, shuttle, rental car or use a transfer service to your destination within the peninsula. You can also take the ADO bus transportation to popular cities like Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Mexico City, and Merida.
While hiring a tour guide is not mandatory, it can definitely enhance your experience to help make the most of your trip. A tour guide can provide you with insights into the history, culture, and landmarks in the area as well as share some of the best things to do. They can also help you navigate the area, provide local tips, and make recommendations for restaurants, activities, and hidden gems you may not have otherwise known about yourself. Most importantly, it’s a great way to ensure you are exploring within the safe zones.
When packing for your trip and planning your itinerary to the Yucatan Peninsula, it’s important to take into consideration the weather forecast and the activities you have planned. This will determine the different types of clothing to pack (lightweight, breathable t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, pants, dresses, swimwear, cover-ups, etc), shoes and sandals, sunscreen, insect repellant, reusable water bottle, and other travel essentials to check off your packing list including your wifi hotspot. And don’t forget your camera and binoculars for capturing the best moments!
The Hotel Zone aka ‘Zona Hotelera’ or the ‘Tourist Zone’, is one of the best places to stay in Cancun. The zone is a narrow strip of hotels and resorts that spans across 14 miles of white sandy beach and offers over 100 resort options to choose from including budget stays, boutique hotels, and a wide variety of all-inclusive resorts.
Distance: 22.5 kilometers (14 miles)
Number of Hotels: 100+