Everyone dreams of owning their own perfect paradisiacal island out in the Caribbean Sea. The idea of being able to kick back and relax among soft sands, palm trees, and gentle warm waters sounds like a dream come true. Well, we can't give you a private island, but we can offer the next best thing. Cozumel, a beautiful island just off the coast of Mexico, is a simply astonishing place to visit. Covered with mangrove forests and lined with picture perfect beaches all around, it's a prime example of the beauty of the Caribbean. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
5.Playa Del San Martin
5 Best Beaches in Cozumel
- Playa Palancar, Photo: lunamarina/stock.adobe.com
- Paradise Beach, Photo: lunamarina/stock.adobe.com
- Passion Beach, Photo: Gregory/stock.adobe.com
- Playa Corona, Photo: Ammak/stock.adobe.com
- Playa Del San Martin, Photo: Maridav/stock.adobe.com
- More Info, Photo: Diego Gomez/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Tono Balaguer - Fotolia.com
More Ideas in Mexico: Merida
The town of Merida in Mexico is a tranquil paradise. The town’s peacefulness and the beauty found along its streets provides a destination of elegance, as well as contrast with its architecture, colonial houses, and Mayan ruins. The food, which is layered with amazing gastronomic heritage, will delight the taste buds of visitors. The Plaza Mayor acts as a dynamic meeting place for locals and tourists alike, enjoying traditional drinks like champola or sorbet. Merida was considered to be one of the top places to visit in the world in 2017 by The Guardian, and Lonely Planet designated the town as the 2017 “American capital of culture” for its cultural flamboyance and lively music.
Nicknamed the “White City,” Merida was established on top of Ichkaansihó, an abandoned metropolis of the Mayans. The city is now the cultural and financial capital of the Yucatan Peninsula. The old homes of the Porfiriato are something to be admired during a stroll along the Paseo Montejo. This traditional street is accompanied by grand trees that project playful silhouettes along the wide sidewalks.
There is plenty of history to be discovered in the historic city of Merida. The Canton Palace is home to the regional Museum of Anthropology and History. The historical archive of Merida, which is housed in the museum, safeguards the information about the interesting development of the city, as well as this region of Mexico. A tour of the area can be a great way to spend an afternoon. Visitors may want to wear a hat, a Yucatecan huipil, or a guayabera to enjoy their walk. Guests can also take a relaxing ride on a calandria that is pulled by horses to reach one of Merida’s beautiful parks. Here, visitors may find cultural performances or live music taking place.
Visitors also should pass up a chance to try the Yucatecan cuisine. Tourists can walk through the traditional streets of Merida and try the interesting Xtabentun liquor, which is made with honey from bees that are fed the xtabentun flower. According to local legend, whenever someone tastes Xtabentun for the first time, they will feel a bit of dizziness, an effect similar to that of an old love potion. Other dishes that are worth a try include a cochinita pibil served with freshly made tortillas, turkey salbutes, or papadzules seasoned with delicious pumpkin nuggets. The well-known Colon Ice Cream Shop offers amazing local sherbet and ice cream created with natural fruit.
For anyone who has ever wondered why or how the Mayan civilization “disappeared,” why it’s considered to be one of the ancient world’s most important cultures, or how it started, the Great Museum of the Mayan World is certainly worth a visit. The museum is one of the several attractions of Merida, and features several innovative displays. Daily life of the Mayans has been reconstructed at the compound, and visitors can listen to different recordings by archaeologists about their experiences in rescuing the cultural richness of the Mayan civilization. The museum houses a collection of around eight hundred Mayan artifacts.
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More Ideas in Mexico: Puebla
Puebla, also known as “De los Angeles,” features elegant buildings from colonial times, unique flavors, and interesting streets. The city contains beautiful facades with talavera, and is a unique and authentic destination. Puebla is a perfect combination of modernity, natural beauty, culture, tradition, and history, with colorful buildings and touches of art. Many people, from travelers to intellectuals to artists, have found inspiration in Puebla, as well as a place to relax and escape for their daily lives. Numerous treasures, delicious cuisine, and traditional buildings all comprise this destination and make it a memorable place to visit.
Puebla’s gastronomy is a fusion of European, Mexican, and Asian influences. The city is full of a variety of dishes that seduce the palate and the eye, which is how the destination has gained its worldwide fame. While there are many different dishes to try, one of the most recommended is chiles en nogada. Along with the exquisite taste of the dish, it also feature the national colors of Mexico.
The dish of molotes criollos is made by mixing wheat and corn, and filled with cheese, potato, or a pumpkin flower. Traditional cemitas look like a salt biscuit, similar to those once used for a tribute to the Spanish crown. For visitors with a sweet tooth and those who love dessert, some treats to try while in Puebla include borrachitos, muéganos, turrons, buñuelos, jamoncillos, camotes, and of course, the amazing tortitas de Santa Clara.
The restaurants in the city of Puebla are filled with specialists on a daily basis who come to try the moles, mixtures of chocolate and chili or banana and tomato. Visitors can also participate in various workshops in gastronomy. Several restaurants, as well as local residents, offer gastronomy workshops for anyone wanting to learn how to make various dishes. These workshops feature activities like buying ingredients at the market, washing and cutting these ingredient properly, seasoning and cooking with them, and then finally enjoying the food. There are also food festival that take place in Puebla. In July, visitors and locals alike can enjoy the Mole Poblano Festival, or the Chiles en Nogada Festival in August.
Situated within the Biosphere Reserve of Tehuacán is the Helia Bravo Hollis Botanical Garden. The Garden features over eighty different species of cactaceae. Some of these species are on the brink of extinction, and only exist in this region, and nowhere else in the world. Visitors can see an array of marine fossils at the Botanical Garden as well. These fossils are from millions of years ago, during the time when the region was a seabed. A climb up to the top of the observation tower offers an excellent opportunity for birdwatching. Guests can look for stealthy eagles flying around in search of lizards, snakes, and small mammals.
A walk through the exhibit area of the Helia Bravo Hollis Botanical Garden offers some interesting information. Guests can discover the nutritional, medicinal, and ritualistic uses for a number of different plants that were used by people during pre-Columbian times. Information can be found about the suggestive names for each plant, as well as the commercial exchanges.
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