Okay, you don't really need five reasons to go to Mexico. One should suffice: The beach in this city, if you've never seen photos of it! But here are five reasons more that you should be packing your bags and setting out on a trip to the glorious Mexican Caribbean.
Check out- or better yet- check into- the resorts. All-inclusive, jam packed with activities, swimming pools, restaurants, bars, night-life, and each with a little bit of something for anyone. We spent a week in Mexico, touring as many properties as we could. Snapping photos, immersing ourselves in their foods and beverages, and partaking in the activities they had to offer. I consumed so many welcome beverages, checked out their COVID protocols, and took notes on what each one had to offer. You cannot go wrong with any of them depending on your desires, family needs, and budgets.
2.) If you're at all into ancient history, one of the best sites- and by far less crowded than the more well-known Chichen Itza- is Tulum. The Tulum ruins are an easy day trip from the tip of the peninsula. You can wander these wonderful ruins alone or with a guide. Highly recommend a guide if you want to learn anything about the ancients who built it. On the stones, iguanas pose so that you can take selfies.
3.) Right off the coast from Cancun, the Isla Mujeres isn't only for women. (And that's despite the name meaning "women's island" in Spanish!) Here you can enjoy the relaxed vibe of the Caribbean, while keeping the skyline of the city in sight. Spend a relaxing afternoon at the beach, consuming some of the best meals you may find in Cancun. The island is renowned for its food and you'll find everything from superb Italian and French flavors to wonderful, local Mayan and Yucatan cuisine.
While dining, enjoy some of the local drinks like an Michelada. This drink is a Mexican beer with tomato or clamato juice, limes, with various spices and sauces such as black pepper, Worcestershire, and Tabasco. It's served in a chilled, salt rimmed glass. It's strong and SPICY!
My all time favorite drink is the spicy margarita! This drink to me is the perfect blend of tart, sweeet, and heat! The classic margarita recipe features tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, kosher salt and ice. Add a little jalapeno or habanero to get the spicy effect and don't forget the Tajin rim!
4.) Cenote, Pronounced "sen-oh-tay," is an underground pool: a sinkhole where fresh water, which comes from the low-lying region's many lakes and rivers, mixes with salt water from the sea.
The ancient Mayans believed that cenotes were a direct link to the underworld. These blue-turquoise waters are favorites with tourists and locals alike. Some have caves with stalagmites for exploring, rope swings or cliffs to jump off of for a fun filled afternoon, or rivers that allow you to float along in relaxation. Snorkeling is also a favorite at many of the locations or if you are a diver, there are those that allow to explore into their depths. Many times, outside vendors selling trinkets and marquesitas can be found.
Tired of beaches and ruins? Then it's time to hit the clubs. The best club in Cancun, by far, is Coco Bongo- a huge dance club with a thousand incredible acts. Coco Bongo has a unique show production that includes a huge video screen, soap bubbles, balloons, confetti, streamers, and much more. DJ's spin fierce and adrenaline/energy levels are off the chain. This is a party that you will rave about and remember for a long time. This is not your traditional nightclub experience! Dance the night away and then sleep all day at the beach. You're in Mexico!