The Yucatan is probably best known for Cancun, which was one of Mexico’s first planned resort destinations, carved out of a peninsula that juts into the ocean with talcum-sand beaches and gin-clear water. Just an hour’s drive south of Cancun is the Riviera Maya, which is the Caribbean coast at its finest. The Riviera Maya is home to the beach towns of Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Further inland, you’ll find the impressive Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and plenty of historic villages to explore (don’t miss Merida). Offshore, the enchanting islands of Cozumel and the Isla Mujeres beckon family vacationers with their easy-going vibe.
There are direct flights from most major U.S. cities to the Yucatan’s most popular hub, Cancun. Some flights go direct into the island of Cozumel.
The Yucatan Peninsula traces its roots back to the Mayan civilization. Even the country’s traditional cuisine has UNESCO World Heritage status.
Whether it’s exploring jungle forests or diving in cenotes (natural pools) or surfing on the turquoise-blue coast, the Yucatan has a spectacular landscape that is made for outdoor adventure.
Mexico is one of the world’s top-five most bio-diverse countries, with almost 3,000 native bird and animal species and 30,000 indigenous plant species.
No matter what kind of family vacation experience you’re looking for, the Yucatan Peninsula delivers. Beachy and sunny, the Yucatan Peninsula also has exceptional places to stay. Plus, you don’t have to travel far to find ancient history.
No matter which part of the Yucatan Peninsula you’re visiting, you’ll want to have a car to get out and explore.