Cancun Regional Overview
The Yucatan Peninsula is located in southeastern Mexico. It is formed by three states, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo; being the last two who get the most visitors due to its cultural richness and touristic attractions and resorts.
Are planning on visiting Mexico? This particular region has many options available for the different types of travelers. Here we have some of the main places and attractions you don’t want to miss!
Located in the state of Quintana Roo, Cancun is a world known touristic spot. Although is not the capital city, it is the most popular one. Here you’ll find everything you ever wanted and more.
Cancun might be known as a destination for spring breakers, however there is much more that this city has to offer. There are shopping malls, golf courses, theme parks, fishing, scuba diving and more. Cancun is a great place to visit with your family too!
The Mayan Riviera is a tourist area of Mexico located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo. Geographically it extends along the coast from the town of Puerto Morelos, in the north to the town of Punta Allen south, some 130 km in length.
This touristic destination is famous by its all-inclusive resorts and luxury hotels.
Activities within the Mayan Riviera various water sports, fine dining and world class concerts and events. Eco-parks such as Xcaret and Xel-Ha are also located in the Mayan Riviera.
All these places can easily be accessed by shuttle bus or by car if you are staying anywhere near Cancun, Playa del Carmen or any Resort at the Mayan Riviera.
This particular region covers many different cities and towns, as well as archeological sites and natural attractions like cenotes (sink holes) and natural reserves.
Cenotes are natural sink holes and a main feature of the region; most of the cenotes have fresh water, as they are connected to each other by small streams. They are a major attraction for locals and visitors alike, as they provide a fresh spot to keep out of the heat. Make sure you visit the three cenotes of Cuzama, located also in the Yucatan.
Yucatan also features many towns and old Haciendas that have been renovated into restaurants and hotels. You can find many different crafts throughout the region, where locals have develop an industry of traditional clothing, shoes, hammocks and other handmade crafts for sale.
Coastal towns can also be fund within the region, Progreso being on of the main ports, where large cruise ships dock and tourist find a place to relax and enjoy the beach.
Merida is the capital of the Yucatan and the second most touristic city in the region after Cancun. Downtown Merida features colonial buildings that are now museums, hotels, libraries and restaurants. The city has also many shopping malls, nightclubs, bars and other attractions any other modern city has. It is also a safe city with warm welcoming people.
Merida is a great destination for travelers looking to learn about culture, gastronomy and have a local experience.