The place we all call home! Miles of spectacular white sand, endless turquoise waters, coral reefs close by and being the gateway to a world of natural and historical attractions have made Cancun one of the world’s leading travel destinations. While 2020 didn’t turn out to be the year of 50-year celebrations we had all hoped for, the news is better for next year. Expedia reported that Cancun and the Riviera Maya are its top destination choices for US customers in 2021.
Glorious turquoise waters rimmed by mangroves and jungle, Xel-Ha inlet is an immense natural aquarium, a refuge for multicolored reef fish to feed and breed among the mangrove roots. The lagoon system also includes several cenotes in the forest and is fed by underground rivers. Whether you spend the day snorkeling or just admire the view, Xel-Há is a Riviera Maya must.
If you ever visit Uxmal and explore the Puuc Route in southern Yucatan, call in at the small colonial town of Mani, designated as one of Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos on December 1. Visit the restored colonial convent, embroidery workshops and sample the tasty local dish poc chuc, grilled marinated pork.
After the Spanish Conquest, Mani was the site of Friar Diego de Landa’s auto da fe in which he burned Mayan codices and idols in an attempt to eradicate their history and religion. Fortunately, some codices survived and ancient beliefs endured.
Long walks along the shoreline, nature and fishing trips, glorious sunsets and fresh seafood are some of Holbox’s charms. This island just off the Gulf coast is well worth a visit. Be sure to order the shrimp ceviche, conch and lobster pizza!