We always loved to see Mexico, and discover some of their wonderful beaches, along with their culture and history. We decided to spend 10 days in Mexico, in the Caribbean area of Riviera Maya and Cancun, and explore on ourselves the region. It was an unfortgettable trip, combining the two things we love on all trips we do: relax at the beach + city sightseeing & culture.
We ended up staying based at Puerto Morelos, a quiet village between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, and being hosted by the wonderful 5-star Ocean Coral & Turquesa by H10. Both Cancun and Playa Del Carmen are very busy and not exactly what we looked for, so the Ocean Coral & Turquesa at the quiet fisherman village of Puerto Morelos was more than perfect.
From there, we could explore everything around. Like we always do, rented a Jeep for the whole trip, and went above and beyond exploring all the coast of the Mexican Caribe, and visited the following places and attractions, which we strongly recommend:
1) Cancun – Nice for dinner, lots of restaurants and shoppings
2) Playa del Carmen – Famous resort town, very busy but nice for shopping also
3) Crococun Zoo – Right outside our hotel was this fantastic zoo. Have you ever wonder walking literally through crocodiles, hanging on snakes or reptiles? Neither did I!
4) Chichen Itza – One of the major symbols of the Maya Civilization, built 600–900AD, dedicated a full-day trip to visit this wonderful attraction, learn from the history behind this culture, and visited also the amazing cenotes on the way
5) Isla Mujeres – Day Trip
6) Cozumel Island (We didn’t have time to visit – would have changed and visited this one instead Isla Mujeres)
8) Boca Paila / Punta Allen / Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve
9) Xcaret Parks
With so much to see and to do, let me be honest: there will be short time for beach and pool at the hotel. Never remember eating lunch at the hotel, we were always out. So, either book 20 days or time will be short to see such amazing places!
Disclaimer – Please note: some of the experiences listed here may have been sponsored, but this review is independent and reflects exclusively my personal experience.