Mexico has truly captured my heart. After spending a few weeks on the more touristy Caribbean Coast of Mexico a few years ago, I ventured back in 2016 to explore the heart of this grand country. Every city in Mexico is unlike any other and you can travel for weeks and weeks and not see everything. The people and the food alone are worth the visit but you will find many sights and activities to occupy your days. Mexico is a lot different than you might expect!
In a region that's known for nightlife and big theme parks, Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve is like the antidote for those looking to experience the natural side of the Riviera Maya.
Tulum is located on Mexico's Caribbean Coast just south of Playa Del Carmen. It can be considered the "green resort" town because you can still find many luxury resorts and stylish beach clubs but there's also a growing number of eco style hotels and beach cabins available.
Right outside of town there is a small set of Mayan ruins known for its picture perfect setting on the beach. The Tulum Ruins are the third most-visited archaeological site in Mexico, after Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza.
The town of Bacalar and Laguna Bacalar itself are popular amongst budget travelers and backpackers but due to its remote location and importantly, the distance from Cancun Airport, it’s one of the least touristy places you can visit this close to the Caribbean Coast of Mexico.
I visited Bacalar on a two week trip with my family with a goal to show them what I love about Mexico away from the margaritas and novelty sombreros of the Mexican Riviera. Although there’s nothing wrong with those things, I really wanted to show them another side of Mexico.
Oaxaca City has the perfect combination of Mexican culture and modern amenities. Check out this list for some inspiration when spending some time in Oaxaca including the "petrified waterfalls", Zapotec ruins and worm salt!
There is a lot to see and do in Oaxaca and my favourite part of the city is its lively cultural calendar. There was always something on and Oaxaceños love any excuse to party.
Of all the beaches I’ve been to on the Pacific coast, Mazunte is definitely my favourite. During the day there are huge pelicans diving for fish and beautiful hummingbirds flitting around. Everyone seems to respect the peace and there is rarely any loud music blaring, at the most you might hear the strains of a guitar or drumming.