The 10 best places to visit in Mexico on the Caribbean coast

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Between beach, sun and archaeological remains, set off on a superb itinerary along Mexico’s paradisiacal Caribbean coastline.

Mexico is the ideal destination for lovers of beaches and beautiful scenery. From turquoise waters and white-sand beaches to historic sites and local gastronomy, follow us on this itinerary along Mexico’s Caribbean coastline. We’re off!

The famous city of Cancún

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Your journey begins in Cancún, Mexico’s famous seaside resort. Its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters invite you to relax and swim. You can also enjoy the city’s lively nightlife with its many bars and nightclubs.

During your stay, explore Cancún’s hotel zone, known as the Zona Hotelera. Here you’ll find a multitude of hotels, boutiques and restaurants. Then head along the coast to Punta Cancún and Punta Nizuc for breathtaking views.

However, if you’re looking for a more authentic experience, head for downtown El Centro and Puerto Juárez, an urban area where most of the population lives. From here, you can reach Isla Mujeres. Nature lovers will be delighted to visit nearby parks such as Parque Ecológico Kabah and Parque nacional Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres.

Cozumel’s incredible nature

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Continue your journey to the heart of Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, on the island of Cozumel. This is the country’s third largest island, recognized as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. Dive into its crystal-clear waters and discover the marvellous coral reef, a true spectacle of nature.

Then explore the Punta Sur Reserve, a 1,000-hectare nature reserve on the southern tip of Cozumel. Here you can observe the incredible diversity of flora and fauna. Or would you prefer to study the crocodiles from a viewpoint or on a guided boat tour? Take a tour of the archaeological site ofEl Caracol, dating from 1200 to 1400. As well as the Celerain lighthouse, which offers panoramic views of the beaches and sea.

Despite its tourist appeal, Cozumel still has its wild corners. You can feast in the delicious restaurants, enjoy a full range of leisure activities and relax on heavenly beaches. What’s more, Cozumel is an excellent alternative if sargassum seaweed invades the Riviera Maya, as its east coast remains untouched by this phenomenon.

The bohemian ambience of Tulum

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Continue this dream itinerary on Mexico’s Caribbean coast with the magnificent town of Tulum. This Mexican town offers a tranquil atmosphere and a variety of restaurants and shops to suit your every need. But what really makes Tulum special is that you can choose to relax on its heavenly beaches or explore the region’s incredible cenotes.

During your stay, don’t miss a visit to the fascinating Mayan ruins nearby. They will immerse you in the captivating history of this region. And to extend this authentic Mexican experience, try the succulent local cuisine offered by the small shops, where you can enjoy a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The town is also renowned for its hippie community, which adds a bohemian touch to the overall ambience. In the evening, settle into one of the many beach bars and enjoy the reggae music while sipping a delicious, refreshing cocktail to take in the unique ambience.

The paradise beach of Akumal

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Our next stop is Akumal, a breathtaking beach lined with white sand and coconut palms. Here, you can relax and soak up the sun, while admiring the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.

But there’s much more to Akumal than its splendid beach. Immerse yourself in the region’s history by visiting the remains of the Spanish galleon, the Nuestra Senora de los Milagros, sunk in 1741. You can also explore the richness of the seabed on a diving trip. You can swim among coral, turtles and multicolored fish. Far from the hustle and bustle of Playa del Carmen, Akumal offers tranquillity and authenticity, with the locals out fishing.

Stop off in the charming village of Akumal, where beachside restaurants offer delicious cocktails with your feet in the sand. Finally, make your way to the superb nearby Yal-Kul lagoon.

The festive atmosphere of Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen is one ofthe most popular spots on Mexico’s Caribbeancoast! Whether you enjoy water sports, explore the coral reefs or simply bask in the sun, the choice is yours.

Playa del Carmen is also the ideal place to party and enjoy the festive Mexican atmosphere. In the heart of this popular destination for European travellers, you can stroll along Fifth Avenue. Or feast in its bars and restaurants and soak up the trendy atmosphere of the 12th Street district.

Venture a little further along the coast and you’ll discover Mayan archaeological ruins dotting the coastline. And there’s plenty to keep you entertained at the local theme parks, whatever your age.

Sport in the midst of nature in Chetumal

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Then on to Chetumal, where you can enjoy water sports and walks in the heart of unspoilt nature. Chetumal’s coastline is a natural treasure trove, home to an incredible diversity of birds, mammals and marine life. A stroll along the bay will allow you to admire the magnificent green and blue tones of Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Stop off at the famous Chactemal Sculpture Corridor, where you can contemplate the works of renowned Mexican artists.

As you explore Chetumal, you’ll also be immersed in the fascinating history of the Mayas at the Museo de la Cultura Maya. It promises to immerse you in the culture and history of this ancient civilization. Taste the local food, too, an authentic culinary experience that will introduce you to the unique flavors of the region. Chetumal is also a gateway to Belize, giving you the opportunity to explore Central America.

A natural paradise at Bacalar Lagoon

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The magnificent Bacalar Lagoon is also known as the « Lagoon of Seven Colors ». This expanse of water offers variations in shades of blue over its 50 km length and 2 km width.

Nestled in the heart of a superb mangrove forest, this lagoon invites you to dive into its crystal-clear waters and enjoy a multitude of activities. Swim, windsurf, water-ski or go fishing. Then, after a busy day, don’t miss the opportunity to sample local specialties in one of the quaint little restaurants lining the lagoon.

Extend your journey through Bacalar’s cenotes, each offering breathtaking natural beauty. Discover the famous Black Cenote.

Swim with whale sharks at Holbox

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A must-see on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, Holbox is an island paradise located 2h30 from Cancún. To get there, take a short boat trip from Puerto Chiquila. In Holbox, enjoy the majestic presence of the pink flamingos and ibises that populate the island.

Holbox’s north coast also has a few surprises in store, with a dozen kilometers of white sandy beach lined with picturesque houses and hotels. But that’s not all: Holbox also offers you 40 km of unspoilt beaches to explore, for moments of absolute relaxation.

In addition to its natural beauty, Holbox offers a wealth of unforgettable activities. If you’re feeling adventurous, take an excursion to swim with whale sharks from June to September. You can also watch turtles laying their eggs, a magical encounter with nature.

Underwater life on Isla Mujeres

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Imagine yourself on the magnificent island of Isla Mujeres, accessible in just one hour by boat from Cancún. This island is perfect for families, with its natural park, Mayan temples and numerous activities. But what will leave you breathless are its incredible beaches, including the famous Playa Norte, considered one of the most beautiful in the world. And if you want to get around easily, why not rent a golf cart?

Isla Mujeres is also an underwater paradise. Go snorkeling to observe the colorful marine life and witness the richness of its underwater fauna. You can even visit a turtle farm, where you can admire and learn more about these iconic creatures. And for a unique experience, embark on a sea trip with the island’s fishermen and discover the wonders of the Mexican Caribbean Sea.

Mérida’s cultural wealth

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Let’s conclude this itinerary through Mexico’s Caribbean coastline with Mérida, the colonial capital of the state of Yucatán. Nicknamed « the white city » for its white limestone buildings, Mérida transports you to the heart of the peninsula’s cultural wealth. Stroll along the Paseo de Montejo, admiring the sculptures and elegant residences that bear witness to the city’s past splendor.

Explore the historic center, with its colorful streets, monasteries, churches, typical houses and haciendas. Then soak up the lively atmosphere of the Plaza Grande, where you can meet craftsmen, musicians and dancers who will enchant you. You can also enjoy concerts by the Yucatán Symphony Orchestra at the Teatro Peón Contreras.

So, are you ready to embark on a dream itinerary along Mexico’s paradisiacal Caribbean coastline? From white-sand beaches to fascinating historical sites. But also, natural parks and the delights of local gastronomy, each stage of this trip offers a unique experience. Share your suggestions and discoveries in the comments below, and tell us which place you can’t wait to visit first! Ready for a wonderful adventure on the Mexican coast?