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Mexico: Caribbean coast: Riviera Maya and Holbox

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On Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, the Caribbean Mayan Riviera refers to the stretch of uninterrupted pale golden sands running south from the purpose-built resort of Cancún to Tulum, home to the celebrated cliff-top Mayan ruins. The coastline is followed by a close-to-shore barrier reef rich in undersea marine life; offshore are leisure-destination islands such as Isla Mujeres and Cozumel. Small resorts and former fishing villages cater for visitors, notably the family-friendly Playa del Carmen. There is plenty to see and do on the Riviera Maya, including outdoor activities, marine parks and diving opportunities. Within easy reach are several ruined Mayan cities buried away inland in rainforest, including the grand pyramids of Cobá.

Isla Holbox is only about 75km from Cancún, but worlds away from the glitz of that burgeoning resort. If even super-chic Tulum is a bit too trendy for your liking you can head for Isla Holbox, a low flat new-agey island separated from the Mexican mainland on the tip of the Yucatan peninsula by a shallow azure lagoon which attracts migrating flamingos. With virtually no vehicles permitted on the island, the streets in the lazy village are made of sand, and you get around in golf buggies. There’s a virtually uninterrupted stretch of powder white beach on which to sunbathe, but there is scope for other activities: whale-shark viewing is some of the best in the world (Jun-Sep) and the island is popular for kite-surfing.  Because it has not been readily accessible, the island’s tourist infrastructure is in its infancy but new establishments are creating possibilities for yoga retreats and spas. The island is a good choice for everyone from romantic couples to families.  

Our holidays to Caribbean coast: Riviera Maya and Holbox

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yucatan car hire

Self-drive Mexico: Discover the Yucatán Peninsula

Private journey

13 days from £1,452pp

Taxis in Mexico City

Eagle: Aztecs, Mayas and conquistadores

Group tour

14 days from £2,398pp

Tulum

Honeymoon in Mexico: Lost cities and beaches of the Mayan Riviera

Private journey

12 days from £3,146pp

Cooking Class in Oaxaca

A Taste of Mexico

Private journey

14 days from £3,651pp

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Our tailor-made holiday service includes:

  • • A dedicated and friendly specialist to guide you through the planning process
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Things to do in Caribbean coast: Riviera Maya and Holbox

Flamingos

Visit the flamingos of Celestun

beach

Visit Tulum Mayan ruins


Cenotes

Visit the Yucatan's colonial haciendas and bathe in limestone cenotes

Snorkelling

Go snorkelling on the Riviera Maya

What our experts say

From Europe, it is a long way to Mexico. So try and combine a visit exploring the Yucatán with a few days on the beach to relax. Tulum and the Riviera Maya offer great beaches with a decent infrastructure, and the less developed stretch of coast at Holbox is now quicker and easier to get to now that a new road from Holbox to Playa del Carmen has been opened.

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