To those who live north of the Gulf, Mexico has become synonymous with sunny beach holidays. Whether you are due for an escape from work, searching for guaranteed sunshine for the family or just for the perfect mix of fresh local drinks and cuisine, Mexico is your destination for summer travel.
As the former home of the Mayan civilization, the peninsula remains a solid destination for culture and relaxation.
When to go? July and August are high season with tourists flocking to the region, low season is from May to June and September to November.
Summer temperatures: From June to August temperatures are consistently in the high 80°F.
Where to stay? If you are traveling with children, staying a hotel can often weigh heavily on your budget, even without considering plane tickets. So how do you travel to the Yucatán Peninsula for less? Home exchange! With GuestToGuest you can exchange your own home for the perfect summer holiday villa in Mexico. For questions on how it works, visit us here. There are currently over 680 homes for exchange in the Yucatán Peninsula.
Where to go?
1. Colonial Towns:
- Cultural activities: To experience the Yucatán region’s cultural heritage, make your way to Merida, the region’s capital and largest city. The city perfectly blends ancient heritage with the modern bustle of the city.
- Start your day at the Plaza Grande to watch the locals, view historic buildings such as the Governor’s Palace. It’s free and open to the public, and it showcases a wonderful collection of paintings depicting the city’s history.
- For more outdoor sights, find your way to El Paseo Montejo, a tree lined street inspired by the Champs Elysées that consists of beautiful homes developed by barons of the Henequen period.
- Active excursions: The city is close to many popular beach locations and Mayan temples such as Chichen Itza, one of the largest and most well-preserved sites, making it an ideal summer vacation spot.
Where to stay?
Karime’s home is located in a rural village surrounded by the natural backdrop of the peninsula. Perfect for families with children, her home includes a swing-set and pool. If you are interested in visiting nearby Merida or the beaches of Progreso, they are only a 20 minute drive away. Day trips to Chichen Itza can be reached by car in under 2 hours.
2. Riviera Maya
Known for its crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches the Carribean coastline is perfect for relaxation and adventure by the sea.
- Active excursions: Rio Secreto, located near Playa del Carmen, is an ancient subterranean world that until recently remained unexplored. It features underground labyrinths uncovering the geology of centuries past.
- The are five main eco parks in the area, and all very family-friendly. In Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Aviario Xaman Ha and Tres Rios Nature Park you can swim with marine wildlife, explore caves and grottos, and absorb the ancient Mayan culture.
- Scuba diving and snorkeling are more aquatic activities that can be found around the Great Mayan Reef. As the second largest reef system in the world and a World Heritage Site, a day trip down the coast is an absolute must!
Where to stay?
If you are looking to escape the coastal crowds and for your own private pool in the city, Roberto’s home will complete your trip! A loft style penthouse located in the center of Playa del Carmen and within walking distance to all the beaches is perfect for your next summer holiday.
3. Mayan Temples
Many of the ancient ruins that remain from Mesoamerican civilization can be found within the peninsula.
- Cultural activities: Tulum, just off the coast of the Carribean sea, remains a travel favorite for its picturesque tropical beach, spectacular cliffs, and well-preserved ruins.
- Uxmal is considered to be among the most beautiful of the Mayan ruins and encompasses a large and well-preserved area.
Where to stay?
Indulge yourself in what Manuel describes as a “luxurious jungle” located within walking distance from a beautiful beach. If you wish to spend a romantic summer holiday near ancient Mayan ruins, stay at Manuel’s home in Tulum!