Yucatan Mexico Travel
🗣 Mexico Language
Spanish, though some still speak indigenous languages
💰 Mexico Currency
Mexican Peso, though U.S. dollars are sometimes accepted
☀️ Yucatan Weather
Hot, humid, rainy summers, and cool, dry, plesant winters
Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres
📍Off the Beaten Path
Holbox Island, Bacalar Lagoon, Mahahual, Akumal, Chetumal
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula consists of three states: Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo. Yucatan state is known as the epicenter of Mayan culture in the Yucatan Peninsula.
In Yucatan, explore the pueblos magicos (magic towns) of Izamal and Valladolid, swim in the country’s beautiful cenotes and see historic haciendas. This state is also home to some of the best Mayan ruins in Mexico.
Yucatan’s capital city, Merida, is the perfect home base to explore so much on day trips. It is known as the safest city in all of Mexico.
yucatan Travel FAQ
Is Yucatan, Mexico safe for travel?
Yucatan state, and the entire Yucatan Peninsula are considered quite safe; in fact, this area consistently ranks among the safest parts of Mexico.
During Yucatan travel, as long as you follow the same General Travel Safety Tips you’d follow anywhere else on Earth, you’ll be safe in this part of Mexico.
Check out these podcast episodes with solo female travelers discussing their positive and safe experiences traveling in the Yucatan Peninsula and Mexico.
How do I get to Yucatan, Mexico?
The easiest way to access Yucatan state, is by flying into Merida International Airport (code: MID). If you can’t fly to Merida, you can opt for Cancun International Airport (code: CUN).
From there, you can take an ADO bus, taxi, private transport, or rent a car and drive to Yucatan state.
Yucatan Peninsula Road Trip
Many begin and end their Yucatan Peninsula road trip at Merida Airport, as it’s the most convenient place to get a car.
For those planning to drive in Mexico, take some time to familiarize yourself with Mexico driving laws and check out these 12 Tips on How to Drive in Mexico.
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Where do I stay in Yucatan?
The capital city of Yucatan state, Merida, is also its most-visited city. Merida is located in the (near) dead center of both the state, and the entire Yucatan Peninsula, so it makes the perfect home base.
As a still up-and-coming Mexico travel destination, you can rent a beautiful Merida Airbnb for relatively little money.
What are the best places to see in Yucatan?
The top travel destinations in Yucatan state are Merida, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Izamal, Puerto Progreso beach and the cenotes.
As Quintana Roo state is part of the greater Yucatan Peninsula, check out The 25 Must See Yucatan Peninsula Travel Destinations.
What's the best time to visit Yucatan?
Located in the tropics, Yucatan state 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 the Yucatan Peninsula.
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, and get a complete Yucatan Mexico packing guide — so you know what to pack for your vacation, 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 Mexico?
Many people visit Mexico, and never utter a word of Spanish!
However, as a general rule, you’ll want know at least a few words of Spanish. 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 Quintana Roo goes, if you stick to the more touristic parts, 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.
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