Xcaret and Xel-Ha are two of the most popular parks in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Ideally, both places will be on your list. But if your time is limited, which one should you choose?
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For both of us, early trips to Mexico when we were children were transformative experiences. We both remember the poverty and nearly third-world status of our neighbors to the south. Those days are long gone. By nearly every economic measure, Mexico is a middle-class country. There’s still a disparity and our dollars go further, but Mexico has changed…for the better.
In recent years, we’ve fallen in love with this beautiful country; it’s proud, hard-working people; and the food…the food we love above all others. From scuba diving in Cozumel to the beaches of Riviera Maya, this is one of our favorite places on the planet to visit! But there’s so many other things to do here: swimming in cenotes, zip-lining in the forest canopy, whale-watching in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, hiking in the mountains, and wandering the narrow lanes of local markets in nearly every town you visit. Here are some of our favorite experiences in Mexico.
The true beauty of an all-inclusive resort like the Occidental Grand Xcaret Riviera Maya is that it requires almost nothing of you. The biggest decisions of the day are whether to visit the pool or the beach and where you want to have dinner.
Exploring cenotes – whether swimming, diving, or snorkeling – is one of the more popular activities in the Riviera Maya area of Mexico.
Chankanaab National Park was the perfect place to spend a day in Cozumel, Mexico. It had everything we needed: a beach, snorkeling, adult beverages and guacamole.
Unlike some Mexican resort cities, Puerto Vallarta was a town long before the tourists began arriving in the 1950s, so there is history to see here. We stopped here on a recent Holland America cruise and spent a full day enjoying the quaint hills and beautiful sandy beaches. For lunch we ate at Viejo Vallarta,
The small town of Bucerías in the Mexican state of Nayarit is a quiet place to go and get away from it all. On a recent Holland America cruise into Puerto Vallarta, we hired a taxi and made the 40 minute trip up to this wonderful little village. Let’s be clear about one thing –