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cenotes in mayan riviera

Cenotes in Mayan Riviera and Yucatan You Have to See to Believe!

Pronounced “say-NO-tay,” a cenote is a natural sinkhole created when the ceiling of limestone bedrock collapses, partially exposing a cave opening into an underground river or waterhole. There are at least 6,000 cenotes or sinkholes scattered throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, thought to have been formed by the meteor that killed the dinosaurs.  These freshwater underworlds […]

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Bacalar Mexico: The Jaw-Dropping Gem You’ve Never Heard Of

Bacalar Mexico is often called “the Maldives of Mexico.” Having now been to both, I’d concur that’s an accurate description. The local Mayans call Bacalar the Lagoon of Seven Colors because they say you can see seven shades of blue in the pristine water. We counted them, and sure enough, you can…from the lightest aqua […]

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Progreso Beach, Attractions & Day Trips You Can’t Miss!

I took my first trip to Mexico in my early 20s – decades ago, and have been going back ever since. My most visited part of Mexico is the Yucatan peninsula and a favorite is the Progreso beach area and surrounding attractions. Most travelers to Mexico have never heard of the town of Progreso. The […]

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Campeche Beach & Attractions You Can’t Miss!

Referred to as “the rainbow city,” gorgeous Campeche enjoys status as both a “pueblos magicos” (magical city) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Campeche beach and attractions are not to be missed! Located off-the-beaten-path in the Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche offers a diversity of attractions including a well-preserved fortified old town, stunning pastel-colored baroque colonial architecture, […]

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Road Trip Yucatan: Ultimate Guide to Mexico’s Best Gem

Road trip Yucatan conjures up so many things to do and see!  Vibrant colonial cities, delicious regional Mayan food, unique cultural experiences, and largely undiscovered beaches make the Yucatán state of Mexico an up-and-coming tourist destination. Inland from Cancun and the Riviera Maya which have become crowded, commercial, and very expensive, the Yucatán region offers […]

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Cancun to Holbox

Cancun to Holbox: Don’t Miss Mexico’s BEST Island!

Located at the top of the Yucatan peninsula, Isla Holbox, or Holbox Island (pronounced hole-bosh), is the best Mexican beach destination, hands-down! Think of a dreamy paradise without the crowds and chaos of Tulum or Playa del Carman, with sugar sand translucent turquoise beaches lined with swaying coconut palms. Add to that a colorful boho […]

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Mexico Hot Spots: Top 10 Mexican Beaches

The US (and many other places in the world) experiences cold winters and rainy springtime. If you live in one of the cooler climates, the thought of spreading a towel on a warm, palm-lined beach or curling up with a book under an oceanfront palapa with turquoise waves lapping at your feet is very appealing.  […]

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Tour Merida: Ultimate Guide to the Best Yucatan City

Mérida is one of Mexico’s greatest cultural cities with a rich Mayan heritage. As the capital and center of the Yucatan, this thriving Mayan city also serves as the best hub to explore the nearby colorful colonial-era cities, beautiful tropical beaches, cenotes, and ancient Mayan ruins, all within a two-hour drive in any direction. Twice […]

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Valladolid Yucatan: 10 Fabulous Things to Do in Valladolid Mexico

When I first visited Valladolid Yucatan in 2013, I found a charming, Spanish/Mexican colonial town with rows of colorful houses, close to Mayan ruins, and amazing cenotes. It was such a pretty secret gem! Not far from the Yucatan capital of Merida, Valladolid is a delightful Spanish colonial town consisting of narrow cobblestone streets lined […]

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Izamal: Mexico’s Beautiful Yellow City

A lot of people are under the misconception that Izamal isn’t worth visiting because it’s too small and doesn’t offer enough things to do. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mexico’s stunning yellow city holds Spanish colonial treasures to see, but it’s also the perfect place to position yourself to explore a good portion […]

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