With so many incredible beaches, islands, and travel experiences to choose from, Mexico and the Caribbean are a globetrotter’s dream. Perfect for last-minute or multi-week getaways. Certainly, Mexico and the Caribbean are just about as perfect as it gets.
From island hopping on an unforgettable cruise, to soaking up some well-deserved pampering at an all-inclusive resort. Just about anything is possible in Mexico and the Caribbean. To help you find the vacation of your dreams, we’ve picked some of our favourite places that will make you feel like you’re worlds away from the everyday.
Home to some of Mexico’s only waterfront Mayan ruins.
Tulum is one of the most prized jewels of the Mexican Caribbean. Perhaps on account of its six miles of gorgeous white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Here nature is present in all its glory through its lagoons and cenotes. And, a beachfront Mayan archaeological site once used as an astrological and trading centre.
Tulu’s eco-chic atmosphere is apparent when you take a walk downtown. It’s located a mere two-and-a-half miles away from the coastline. For a casual afternoon drink, bars are plentiful here. You can also find small art galleries and clothing stores, as well as places that offer well-being treatments, pre-Hispanic rituals, or evening yoga classes on the beach.
Bike rides through the jungle are common in Tulum and are a great way to explore the area’s natural wonders. Best of all, a bike tour can enhance your experience by taking you to local communities where you can learn about herbal medicine and handcrafting jewelry.
When it comes to accommodations, Tulum offers small hotels that blend into the jungle. And, they can be as fancy or as rustic as you’d like.
They say the Dominican Republic has it all. And, this is why it is the most popular island getaway destination in the Caribbean.
Situated just two hours south of Miami, the Dominican Republic is the Caribbean’s second largest island, as well as its most diverse.
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, this lush tropical island paradise boasts nearly 1,000 miles of coastline, 250 miles of the world’s top beaches. As well as magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation, and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse-pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past. And, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy, or enjoy ecotourism adventures throughout magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers, and beaches.
The country overflows with fascinating history, museums, and exciting cultural experiences like music, art and festivals. Plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, and more. Visitors can choose from 26 designer golf courses amid breathtaking coastlines with mountain backdrops and lush green fairways.
Dominican Republic remains a top destination for destination weddings and romance seekers. With so many beautiful natural settings like romantic waterfalls, stunning coasts, and idyllic accommodations, it’s no surprise.
Bathed in the warmth of a turquoise sea and cooled by trade winds. Aruba is the happy home to constant sunshine and powdery-soft white-sand beaches.
It may be a tiny island, but there is a whole lot of fun and happiness packed into Aruba’s 70 square-miles of paradise. The calming trade winds will keep you cool in the pleasant 82-degree weather. Thanks to its location outside the hurricane belt, visitors can expect reliably great weather throughout the year.
Aruba is the happy home to some of the world’s most pristine and beautiful beaches. You can put your toes in the powdery-soft alabaster sand of world-famous Eagle Beach, snorkel the delicate reefs and shallow waters of Mangel Halto, or treat yourself to the quiet solitude of Baby Beach. Look closely and you’ll discover watersport hotspots lined with luxury resorts and secluded coves sandwiched by limestone cliffs.
Just off the beach there’s a lot more to explore, from a sea full of life and intriguing shipwrecks to pastel-hued streets lined with shows, shopping, and vibrant nightlife. In fact, Aruba’s nightlife is some of the Caribbean’s best. Beachfront lounges, exciting casinos, and lively clubs make it easy to sip cocktails, share stories, dance, and play until the sun rises again.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen is the heartbeat of the Mayan Riviera. Its strategic location boasts 75 miles of shoreline in the Mexican Caribbean, which makes this destination an ideal gateway with its beaches, cenotes, and theme parks. Fantastic resorts can be found in many different settings. Including beachside, nestled in the enigmatic jungle, and conveniently located in hip cosmopolitan areas.
The days in Playa del Carmen seem endless. The mornings are ideal for travellers to sunbathe and swim in its turquoise-blue waters. At sunset, downtown restaurants await and feature a wide variety of cuisines, from traditional Mayan cuisine to international fare. Afterward, you can tour the city’s most emblematic street, Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue), well-known for its boutiques, handicraft stores, and bars. Parque Fundidores is a short walk away and features concerts and folkloric shows on its stage, the L’Aquarium aquarium, and the Frida Kahlo Museum.
Playa del Carmen is blessed by nature. So, be sure to join a day trip to walk through the Río Secreto underground cavern. Or to explore the Cobá and Xaman-Há archaeological sites.
Stunning beaches border tropical rainforests. And, towering cathedrals share skyline with an imposing volcano.
As a part of France, the beautiful island of Martinique combines the best of European culture with exotic beaches and palm trees. It’s a tropical island, yet it will surprise you with its delectable food, and great bread, wine, and cheese imported from France. And, if that’s not enough to tickle your taste buds, Martinique’s distilleries make some of the finest rums in the world.
The island’s biodiversity is remarkable. Including its emerald rainforests, tropical flowers, volcanoes, and beaches. You can find more than 60 beaches alone with sand of all colours. From white, golden, and pink to grey and black.
For travellers who prefer a little more action, there are plenty of hikes for a range of fitness levels. Regardless, each and every hike offers stunning scenery and beautiful views. When the weather’s hot you can go out and discover tropical forests and refresh yourself with a dip in one of the many waterfalls and rivers. And, if you want to explore the island’s history and culture, there are museums and, galleries. And, historical places that will satisfy your curiosity for this stunning island.
Cancun is recognized throughout the world for its spectacular white-sand beaches. And, its fascinating sea of turquoise-blue tones. During your stay, you can discover unique natural wonders, Mayan culture, water activities, and plenty of adventure. Venture outside and you’ll uncover international cuisines, spectacular golf courses, sophisticated spa facilities, exclusive shopping centres, and handicraft markets. As well as shows, bars and nightclubs that give Cancun to its incomparable nightlife.
Cancun has fantastic weather year-round, and excellent air and land connectivity. In addition, first-class hotel infrastructure that places it as one of the best destinations for travellers throughout the world. While you’re in town, be sure to check out Market 28, located in the centre of the city. Above all, here you can find an immense amount of food and shopping in a vibrant atmosphere.
Outside of Cancun, travellers can visit Mayan archeological sites such as Chichén Itzá, Cobá, and Muyil, just to name a few. Cancun also provides easy access to other popular destinations in the Riviera Maya. Such as Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Isla Mujeres, and Cozumel.
Written by Matthew Schroeder for Travelsavers.
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