7 Best Places to Visit in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula


Tulum has become a top travel destination due to its stunning white sand beaches flanked by lush jungle and crystal-clear waters. It's also popular for beach-side Mayan ruins and remains a backpacker-friendly town with many incredible hostels.

Playa del Carmen:

Positioned on the Mayan Riviera, Playa del Carmen offers a sophisticated yet laid-back atmosphere. It serves as a strategic base for exploring nearby attractions such as cenotes and Mayan ruins.


Known as "The Lake of Seven Colors," Bacalar boasts mesmerizing water colors and is perfect for kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Hostels here offer lake-front properties with private docks and free water sports equipment.

Isla Mujeres:

Just a short ferry ride from Cancun, Isla Mujeres offers a tranquil retreat with excellent snorkeling opportunities. Visitors can enjoy lounging on beautiful beaches and exploring local shops and stalls.

Puerto Morelos:

Only twenty minutes south of Cancun, Puerto Morelos provides a quiet escape with activities like zip-lining and cenote swimming. Hostel Humanity offers a refreshing pool to cool off after a day of exploration.

Isla Holbox:

Isla Holbox offers a laid-back atmosphere with no paved roads and limited transportation options. Visitors can enjoy walking or biking around the island and exploring wild beaches.


As the capital city of Yucatan, Merida offers a rich cultural experience with its historical center and vibrant energy. Uxmal, located west of Merida, is home to impressive Mayan ruins away from the crowds of Chichen Itza.