Mexico, the name alone is reason enough to cross oceans, and learn first hand what this magical place is all about. At the time, budget was what kept us off the main tourist strip of Cancun. However, if we had the chance to do it over, we would not change a thing.
Our budget accommodation was by no means unpleasant. We stayed in a beach front cabana for a few Dollars a night, with a bed that was suspended from the roof and covered with a mostly ineffective mosquito net.
The beach restaurant next door served rice, beans, chicken and cheese in a tortilla which we happily ate for breakfast, lunch and supper. It all went down particularly well with a Budweiser, life was sweet.
Today Tulum has become a popular resort area so I’m guessing our humble lodging may have changed somewhat.
With the ocean at our doorstep, we spent the days walking the beach and catching rides on the numerous fishing boats along the beach. They would take us to favorite spots on the reef so we could snorkel to our hearts content.
A 10 minute bicycle ride from our cabanas, were the Mayan ruins of Tulum which overlook the sea and incorporate the clifftop Castillo which was originally built as a watchtower.
Parts of the ruins have been partially restored giving you an good sense of how the structures once looked. Every corner or this historic place is an incredible photo opportunity with the turquoise ocean as a backdrop. For more insight into how to get around Mexico and putting together a workable itinerary, check out Earth Trippers month long adventure along the Yucatan Peninsula.
Isla Mujeres, The Island of Women
Isla Mujeres, is a beautiful, laid-back paradise island, just across the Bay from Cancun Mexico. You can fill your days relaxing on the white sandy beaches, cocktail in hand, or explore the island and its plentiful water sports.
The trip to the island alone is an experience you will never forget. The crew are 110% dedicated to putting a smile on your face. Strawberry Daiquiri and Margarita’s flow constantly. I got the distinct feeling that any guest aboard the festive cruise, who did not participate in the dancing and singing, would be asked to leave the country.
This piece of the Mexican Caribbean is surrounded by turquoise water and filled friendly locals, fisherman, musicians and incredible Mayan history. Its impossible not to get swept up by this infectious charm. Time did not allow but the nearby island of Cozumel comes highly recommended.
Coba, Yucatán Peninsula
Coba, located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, was once an ancient Mayan city and still contains many engraved stone slabs that document the life and rituals of the ancient Mayans. It is the central point of the largest discovered network of pathways from the ancient Mayan world.
One of the main attraction of Coba is the Ancient Pyramid which unlike several other ruins, is still open for the public to climb. It has 130 steps up to the top, placing you above the tree line with a view that stretches on for miles.
The incline is fairly steep, climbing up is not a problem, but coming down the narrow steps is somewhat daunting.
We love Mexico, and not just because they gave us chilli poppers, tacos, piñatas, tequila, the colored TV and Jessica Alba. If you ask me why you should visit the Mexican Caribbean, the answer is easy. Incredibly warm people, powder white beaches, warm Caribbean Ocean, and incredible food. Any one of these points is reason enough to book a ticket.
The Yucatan Peninsula Today
I recently came across a great travel blogger, Stephanie who runs THE WORLD AS I SEE IT. This awesome lady adventurer recently explored the Yucatan Peninsula. Her perspective on Mexico is well worth a read and will inspire you to get there as soon as you can.