To take a holiday in Mexico or a Mexico honeymoon you have to visit the Yucatan. The Yucatan Peninsula plays host to impressive Mayan ruins, beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and hundreds of miles of perfect, white-sand beaches with clear turquoise waters. Cenotes (large sinkholes) occasionally punctuate the limestone terrain, offering a beautiful glimpse of the vast system of underground rivers that runs through the region.
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For the best beaches in Central America the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula has hundreds of miles of wide beaches and inviting shallow turquoise waters. The soft, powder sand is a brilliant white and the clarity of vision in the warm and clear Caribbean is superb. The world’s second largest barrier reef runs parallel to the coast and offers superb diving and snorkelling excursions.
A great many ancient Mayan sites are dotted across the peninsula, reflecting the power and importance of a bygone age. A visit to any of these temples is fascinating but three sites stand out for different reasons: Chichen Itza – whose size and grandeur never fails to impress, Uxmal – a master class in Mayan sculpture and design and Tulum whose steep temples ideally located on sea cliffs overlooking the Caribbean.
1. Belmond Maroma resort and spa
3. Ceiba Del Mar
4. Viceroy Riviera Maya
1. Los Lirios
2. Casa Del Balam
5. Suenos Tulum
Distinctive and beautiful European architecture can be found here, particularly in the old city of Merida as well as the haciendas scattered across the land. There are also curious sites such as Dzibilchaltun where a church was strategically planted in the heart of a Mayan temple complex.
Expansive in its design with majestic palaces and temple pyramids, Uxmal is renowned for its superb sculptures and design. Long geometrical friezes rank among the most splendid examples of ancient American art
The setting of Tulum is simply stunning with a compact group of Maya-Toltec temples perched on coastal cliffs above the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Tulum was built in the 12th century and these were troubled times in the Mayan world
Chichen Itzais a spectacular Mayan site and was recently voted as one of the new 7 wonders of the world. The giant stepped pyramid of Kukulkan dominates the ancient city and from its heights you can contemplate structures such as the Warrior’s Temple
Meridais the capital of the Yucatan and depicts much of the splendour of Colonial Mexico containing many buildings in varying states of repair. This vibrant city was founded by the conquistadores in 1542 and built directly on top of an existing Mayan city
The Riviera Maya boasts some of the best beaches in Central America with hundreds of miles of wide beaches and inviting shallow turquoise waters. The soft, powder sand is a brilliant white and the clarity of vision in the warm and clear Caribbean is superb.
Located to the northwest of Cancun, Holbox Island is separated from the mainland coast of Mexico by a shallow lagoon, which gives sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and creatures.
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Located away from the main centre and also from the majority of the main hotels on the coast, this small hotel, featuring 18 individual bungalows is a delight. The hotel is split into 2 sections; the 9 bungalows at the back has its own swimming pool
The first of the Mandarin Oriental hotel groups to open in Central America. The hotel stretches through the mangroves to the beach, with all but the suites situated amongst the mangroves.