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Route through the Mexican Caribbean Beaches

Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Cancún, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Akumal, Boca Paila, Puerto Morelos, Punta Allen

Have your swimsuit and sunscreen ready, this route through the wonderful Mexican Caribbean is about to start. It departs from Cancun, Quintana Roo, the youngest tourist destination in the country. It is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches facing the turquoise sea, great for relaxing or doing water activities, such as snorkeling, paddle boarding or kayaking, depending on the location of the beach. For example, at beaches Chac Mool and Delfines you can surf. Choose from a wide variety of options to stay, from a hostel to a luxury resort. There are a large number of clubs, bars and restaurants where you can encounter diverse entertainment options. Cancun is also the starting point for the destinations that surround it, such as the Riviera Maya and the islands of the Yucatán Península.

Speaking of islands, get ready to go to Isla Mujeres. It is very small, measuring five miles long by half mile wide, and it is truly charming. Being so small, it can be explored in a golf cart and you can stop at its main attractions, such as the Lighthouse in Punta Sur, the Acantilado del Amanecer (Cliff of Dawn) and the Mayan temple dedicated to the goddess Ixchel. The best place to enjoy the sea is Playa Norte, with calm waters and fine white sand; very close to the beach you will find beautiful cobbled streets with shops, restaurants and bars.

Back on the mainland, head south to Puerto Morelos, the starting point of the Riviera Maya. A few miles before arriving you will see the entrance to the Ruta de los Cenotes, the experience of swimming in flooded caves is something that you must definitely try. Puerto Morelos is an old fishing village that still preserves the tranquility of earlier days, you can find great spots to grab lunch at any of the restaurants by the seashore or you can also enjoy an ice cream in the main square.

Now head to Playa del Carmen. This city offers you the contrast of provincial architecture and incredible cosmopolitan atmosphere. Daytime is to enjoy the beach and at sunset, walking along Fifth Avenue is now a tradition; this is the place where you can find most of the places to eat, drink and have fun. There is also a dock that provides a connection to your next destination: the Island of Cozumel.

This island is the largest and most populated in Mexico, it is also considered a diving mecca, so if you are a diving fan, you are in the right place. Before being a tourist destination, Cozumel was one of Jacques Ives Cousteau’s favorite spots to dive, he is actually the French oceanographer who made Cozumel known to the rest of the world. Do not miss the opportunity to descend to the beautiful Palancar reef. Other attractions are the Sol and San Francisco beaches, and walking through San Miguel, the island's town. An excursion that is also worth doing is that of El Cielo, it is so beautiful, its name says it all.

Let’s head back to the Riviera Maya, now towards Akumal. A perfect plan is to spend the day in the cove, snorkel with the great variety of sea turtles, and then try seafood specialties in the local spots by the shore.

Tulum is the next stop. It is a divine rustic town, but one that has sophisticated hotels, art galleries, restaurants and bars, which are concentrated in the hotel zone. Another option to stay are private houses or village-style cabins in the middle of the jungle, ranging from the most luxurious to the ecological and glamping style. In addition to enjoying the beach, you can also visit the archaeological site of Tulum, an old walled city framed by the Caribbean, here you will take the best photos! You will also find many cenotes where you can go swimming.

For the next stop, you must enter the wonderful Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, the place where Boca Paila is located, between the Muyil Lagoon and the sea. Being a natural reserve there are only fishermen's camps as accommodation, and they only provide basic commodities. It is the perfect paradise to enjoy nature and admire the beauty that surrounds it.

This route reaches its end at Punta Allen, also located within the Reserve. If you like ecological tourism, here you will find small rustic hotels and outdoor venues with fresh fish and seafood dishes. Punta Allen is the perfect ending to this incredible journey.
Have your swimsuit and sunscreen ready, this route through the wonderful Mexican Caribbean is about to start. It departs from Cancun, Quintana Roo, the youngest tourist destination in the country. It is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches facing the turquoise sea, great for relaxing or doing water activities, such as snorkeling, paddle boarding or kayaking, depending on the location of the beach. For example, at beaches Chac Mool and Delfines you can surf. Choose from a wide variety of options to stay, from a hostel to a luxury resort. There are a large number of clubs, bars and restaurants where you can encounter diverse entertainment options. Cancun is also the starting point for the destinations that surround it, such as the Riviera Maya and the islands of the Yucatán Península.

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Speaking of islands, get ready to go to Isla Mujeres. It is very small, measuring five miles long by half mile wide, and it is truly charming. Being so small, it can be explored in a golf cart and you can stop at its main attractions, such as the Lighthouse in Punta Sur, the Acantilado del Amanecer (Cliff of Dawn) and the Mayan temple dedicated to the goddess Ixchel. The best place to enjoy the sea is Playa Norte, with calm waters and fine white sand; very close to the beach you will find beautiful cobbled streets with shops, restaurants and bars.

Back on the mainland, head south to Puerto Morelos, the starting point of the Riviera Maya. A few miles before arriving you will see the entrance to the Ruta de los Cenotes, the experience of swimming in flooded caves is something that you must definitely try. Puerto Morelos is an old fishing village that still preserves the tranquility of earlier days, you can find great spots to grab lunch at any of the restaurants by the seashore or you can also enjoy an ice cream in the main square.

Now head to Playa del Carmen. This city offers you the contrast of provincial architecture and incredible cosmopolitan atmosphere. Daytime is to enjoy the beach and at sunset, walking along Fifth Avenue is now a tradition; this is the place where you can find most of the places to eat, drink and have fun. There is also a dock that provides a connection to your next destination: the Island of Cozumel.

This island is the largest and most populated in Mexico, it is also considered a diving mecca, so if you are a diving fan, you are in the right place. Before being a tourist destination, Cozumel was one of Jacques Ives Cousteau’s favorite spots to dive, he is actually the French oceanographer who made Cozumel known to the rest of the world. Do not miss the opportunity to descend to the beautiful Palancar reef. Other attractions are the Sol and San Francisco beaches, and walking through San Miguel, the island's town. An excursion that is also worth doing is that of El Cielo, it is so beautiful, its name says it all.

Let’s head back to the Riviera Maya, now towards Akumal. A perfect plan is to spend the day in the cove, snorkel with the great variety of sea turtles, and then try seafood specialties in the local spots by the shore.

Tulum is the next stop. It is a divine rustic town, but one that has sophisticated hotels, art galleries, restaurants and bars, which are concentrated in the hotel zone. Another option to stay are private houses or village-style cabins in the middle of the jungle, ranging from the most luxurious to the ecological and glamping style. In addition to enjoying the beach, you can also visit the archaeological site of Tulum, an old walled city framed by the Caribbean, here you will take the best photos! You will also find many cenotes where you can go swimming.

For the next stop, you must enter the wonderful Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, the place where Boca Paila is located, between the Muyil Lagoon and the sea. Being a natural reserve there are only fishermen's camps as accommodation, and they only provide basic commodities. It is the perfect paradise to enjoy nature and admire the beauty that surrounds it.

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