The Caribbean coast of Mexico boasts all the trappings of paradise; sandy beaches shaded by swaying palms, where sunshine creeps into your tranquil thatch palapa as you laze in a hammock. Add the proximity of ancient Mayan ruins hidden in the sprawling jungle and a delectable choice of secluded luxury retreats and hand-selected private villas along the tropical shoreline, and you’re staring the ultimate combination of culture, adventure and sun-worshipping straight in the face.
Thick jungle stretches inland from the ocean, proffering a natural adventure playground for hiking and birding. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Mayans as you visit temples and scramble up towering pyramids for a view over the jungle canopy. Tulum’s cool, bohemian vibe flows through its beach bars, Mayan healing spas and trendy restaurants. Isla Holbox just off the coast is more rustic but equally beautiful. Some simple boutique hotels have cropped up making it an idyllic alternative for a barefoot escape and it’s perfectly located for swimming with whale-sharks from June – September! Why not head out on a private yacht to snorkel with whale sharks away from the crowds, enjoying a delicious fish lunch on deck before heading back to shore.