Holidays to The Yucatan Peninsula - Top Travel Tips

November 21st 2017

Holidays to The Yucatan Peninsula - Top Travel Tips

Holidays to Yucatan Peninsula – Top Tips for Travellers

The Yucatan Peninsula separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico and is a popular holiday destination thanks to the miles of white sand beaches, beautiful clear waters and luxury all-inclusive resorts in the area. Holidays to Yucatan Peninsula are usually based in the Mexican towns and resorts, which encompass the largest area of Yucatan, however the peninsula also extends into parts of Belize and Guatemala.

Yucatan Peninsula – Popular Holiday Destinations

Popular holiday destinations in the Yucatan Peninsula include

  • Playa del Carmen
  • Tulum
  • Cancun
  • Riviera Maya
  • Cozumel


The main airport for holidays to Yucatan Peninsula is Cancun International Airport at the northern end of the peninsula.

Things to do in Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan Peninsula is famous for its white sand beaches, water activities, particularly diving and snorkelling, underground caves and cenotes and the ancient Mayan ruins that are dotted throughout the area.

  • Swim at a Cenote
  • Visit Chichen Itza
  • Snorkelling and Diving
  • Dance the night away in Cancun
  • Visit Tulum

Swim at a Cenote

There are almost 7,000 cenotes in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. A cenote is formed as the result of the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. These secret underground caves have pools of gorgeous turquoise-coloured water. Cenotes are popular for swimming in, so be sure to bring along your towel and swimsuit so you can fully experience one these unique natural wonders.

things to do in Cancun - cenote swimming

Visit Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire. There are many significant ancient Mayan buildings on the site. The Caracol Observatory is one of the oldest Observatories in The Americas, the Temple of Kukulcan is one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Temple of Warriors, the ball court and the Wall of Skulls are also well worth exploring on a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cichen Itza - Mexico

Snorkelling and Diving in Yucatan

The Yucatan Peninsula boasts some of the top diving sites in the world. With warm, crystal clear waters all year round, it’s easy to see why. There are dozens of local businesses catering to divers and snorkelers of all experience levels. The Yucatan Peninsula is also home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, the Great Maya Reef making it the ideal spot for diving and snorkelling fans.


Cancun Nightlife

Cancun is famous for being party central with lots of great bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and nightclubs like the famous Coco Bongo and Mandala. The city’s vibrant nightlife is in full swing year-round, there is always a party to be found in Cancun. The beaches are a great place to relax and rest your tired feet after all that dancing and there are lots of great beaches in Cancun to choose from!

Visit Tulum

The ancient ruins Mayan at Tulum are well worth exploring, bring a hat and sunscreen though, it is quite exposed and can get very hot. It’s good to go very early in the morning before the tour buses start arriving. The site is quite small and can get a bit crowded. Plan to arrive for the 8AM opening time.  If you visit Tulum be sure to plan a trip to the beach, just down the steps from ruins. Think soft sands and crystal-clear waters, a little piece of heaven on earth.

Holidays to Yucatan Peninsula– Ask the Experts

If you are planning a holiday to Yucatan Peninsula, speak to an American Holidays travel expert, we have first-hand experience of the best holiday destinations in Yucatan, as well as the top all-inclusive resorts. We’ll arrange a great holiday deal to Yucatan Peninsula and give you expert advice on what to see and do when you get there.  Call us now.



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By Sarah McCormick

Personal Travel Planner

Favourite Destination: Mexico

I love Mexico – for a beach lover like me, it’s paradise! But Mexico isn’t all white sandy beaches and all-inclusive resorts. Get out and see some of the beautiful attractions resulting from Mexico’s Mayan history.