Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Yucatan: Go Beyond Cancun, Mexico

There is SO much to see and do on the Yucatan Peninsula. In my opinion, way too many people who visit Cancun don't take full advantage of what the area has to offer.

Just off the coast is Isla de Mujeres (Island of Women). Isla de Mujeres is very laid back, with small hotels, restaurants serving typical Mexican dishes and a fantastic beach. It's a great place for a 3-4 day VERY laid back vacation.

The Yucatan is filled with Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza and Tulum. Tours can be arranged at most hotels.

If you are considering a visit to Tulum, you might also consider staying in that area. A good central place to stay is the town of Playa del Carmen. Besides being near the eco-parks Xel-Ha and Xcaret, it is also close to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere. This biosphere is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that crossed 1.3 million acres, encompassing coral reefs, beaches, lagoons, cenotes and low tropical forests.

So if you'll be spending some time in Cancun, considering going beyond. If you'd like some additional information, you can check out the Mexico Tourism Board.

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