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Yucatan Mexico Travel

🗣 Mexico Language

Spanish, though some still speak indigenous languages

💰 Mexico Currency

Mexican Peso, though U.S. dollars are sometimes accepted

☀️ Yucatan Peninsula Weather

Hot, humid, rainy summers, and cool, dry, plesant winters

📍Top Destinations

Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Merida, Chichen Itza

📍Off the Beaten Path

 Holbox Island, Bacalar Lagoon, Valladolid, Campeche City

Yucatan Peninsula Map

Yucatan Peninsula Mexico

The Yucatan Peninsula consists of three states in southeast Mexico: Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche states.

Quintana Roo is home to many of the best beaches in Mexico, and some of the most popular travel destinations in Mexico: Tulum, Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

Yucatan and Campeche states are known for colonial cities, like Merida, Valladolid and Campeche City, and Mayan culture and ruins including Chichen Itza and Uxmal

From world-class beaches, swimmable cenotes, and Mayan ruins, there’s something for everyone planning a Yucatan trip.

Yucatan Peninsula Blogs

30 Best Mexican Beach Towns You Need to Visit Right Now

Looking for the best Mexican beach towns? You’re in the right place because the Top 30 beach towns in Mexico are right for you to discover!

Solo Travel in Mexico: 20 Destinations You Need To Visit

Need advice on solo travel Mexico destinations? All 20 places featured here come recommended by female solo travelers who have actually been!

Tulum Beach House Rentals: The 10 Best Airbnbs for 2021

Ready to book your Tulum beach house Airbnb? You’re in the right place because the 10 most stunning beachfront Tulum Airbnbs are right here🏝

Tulum On A Budget: 10 Ways to Make Your Trip Affordable

Planning for Tulum on a budget? Though not known as one of the most budget-friendly Mexico travel destinations, it can be with these 10 Tips.

Is Playa del Carmen Open for Travel Right Now? [Updated Feb. 2021]

Wondering Is Playa del Carmen open? It sure is — and this article will tell you everything to need to know about Mexico travel during Covid.

Tulum Glamping: 11 Best Airbnbs to Book in 2021

Tulum glamping on your travel bucket list?! Let’s book you an Airbnb then — because this boho beach town really is Mexico’s glamping mecca!

Yucatan Travel FAQ

Is Yucatan safe for travel?

The Yucatan Peninsula is considered quite safe; in fact, this area consistently ranks among the safest parts of Mexico. 

Of course, you’ll want to follow the same General Travel Safety Tips you’d follow anywhere else on Earth, but overall, the Yucatan is safe for travel.

Check out these podcast episodes with solo female travelers discussing their positive and safe experiences traveling in Yucatan and Mexico.

Is the Yucatan Peninsula safe for driving?

The Yucatan is one of the safest regions in the country, and one of the most popular places for road trips in Mexico. 

If you’re planning to drive in Mexico, consider taking some time to familiarize yourself with Mexico driving laws. Beyond that, plan to sit for an extra 10-15 minutes with the agent at your car rental center, and check out these 12 Tips on How to Drive in Mexico.

🚙💨 Looking to rent a car? Discover Cars works with several agencies at Cancun Airport!

What are the top travel destinations in Yucatan?

The Yucatan Peninsula consists of three states: Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche. Quintana Roo is known for it’s beautiful beaches along the Carribean Sea, while Yucatan and Campeche are known for Mayan culture and ruins like Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Calakmul, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

From world-class beaches, swimmable cenotes, and Mayan ruins, there’s something for everyone planning a Yucatan trip.

Check out these articles to about the best places in Yucatan.

The 25 Must See Yucatan Peninsula Travel Destinations
• Tulum Airbnbs: 11 Best Under $99 Options You Need to Book
• 25 Instagrammable Things to See in Merida Mexico + Free Map

What's the best time to visit Yucatan?

Located in the tropics, the Yucatan Peninsual has pleasant, warm winters — but hot, rainy summers!

Weather-wise, the winter months of November-March are the nicest months in this part of Mexico. December is the busiest month for tourism.

For those who want to party, March-April during Spring Break, are the most lively months in Quintana Roo’s top destinations of Tulum, Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

The summer months are quite hot and humid, and also, Hurricane Season. The season runs June 1-November 30, though hurricanes and heavy rains aren’t usually a problem past mid-October.

🧳 Head to this article to download your FREE Printable packing list for Mexico travel — so you know what to pack for Mexico, and what NOT to take to Mexico.

Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico!

When you go through Customs/Immigration at the airport, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Visa at no charge. Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have give it back to an Immigration officer when you’re leaving the country.

Check out the article 5 Reasons Mexico is One of the Best First Time Solo Travel Destinations for more reasons Mexico is such a great option for U.S. visitors.

Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Yucatan?

As a general rule, you’ll want know at least a few words of Spanish when you travel to Mexico. Download the free Basic Spanish Words & Phrases list below, and save it on your phone as an image, so you’ll have it even if you’re off-WiFi.

As far as the Yucatan goes, if you stick to the more touristic parts, like Tulum, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) speak little to no English.

List of useful spanish words and phrases

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