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.
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