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Visit Mexico’s beautiful Yucatan Peninsula

Within the Yucatan Peninsula, there’s Yucatan state, home to many of Mexico’s most beautiful Colonial cities, delicious food and more!

Here in Yucatan state, you’ll swim in the country’s beautiful cenotes, see historic haciendas, and explore the pueblos magicos (magic towns) of Valladolid and Izamal. This state is also home to some of the best Mayan ruins in Mexico.

That state’s capital city, Merida, is the perfect homebase to explore so much on day trips. It is known as the safest city in all of Mexico.

Take a tour in Merida…

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Yucatan, Mexico FAQs

Is the Yucatan safe for solo travel?

The Yucatan Peninsula is considered quite safe; in fact, it consistently ranks among the safest areas in Mexico. I have lived in Merida for about 1.5 years now, and encountered zero issues. However, I made my own safety a priority, and you should too! Check out Ep. 04 of my podcast, Janine’s Take On Solo Female Travel Safety in Mexico, where I spoke to a fellow solo female traveler about her take on Mexico travel safety.

What are Yucatan state's best places to visit?

Oh man! Where do I begin?!

Yucatan’s “Big 3” destinations are Merida, Valladolid and Chichen Itza.

Some of the amazing, and slightly off the beaten path destinations include the “Yellow City” of Izamal, the walled city of Campeche and the Mayan archeological site of Uxmal — all three are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

If you’re looking for beaches, Yucatan state’s beaches on the Gulf of Mexico are nice, but you’re going to want to head to the Carribean Sea beaches of Tulum and Holbox Island, or “the Maldives of Mexico,” Bacalar.

Download my FREE eGuide, Venturing Off the Beaten Path: 10 Hidden Gems of Mexico, to learn all about Holbox Island and Bacalar.

What's the best time of year to visit Yucatan, Mexico?

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.

The summer months are quite hot and humid, and also, this is hurricane season.

Is Yucatan, Mexico safe for solo female travel?

I wish this question had an officially official answer, but it doesn’t. What I can definitively tell you is that I have been safe as a solo female traveler & so have countless other women!

I have lived in Merida, Yucatan state, Mexico for about 1.5 years, and feel quite safe! Check out my blog Mexico Solo Travel: How to be Safe and Crush It to see how I make safety a priority.

Will I need a tourist visa to visit Mexico?

You don’t need a visa! 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 this visa, as you’ll have give it back when you’re leaving the country. Check out my blog 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 should know at least a few words of Spanish. Download my free Basic Spanish Words & Phrases list here! Pro Tip: Save it on your phone as an image, so you can have it handy even if you’re off-WiFi.

As far as Yucatan state 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) won’t speak any English.

Yucatan Peninsula blogs & info

Is Tulum Open for Travel Right Now? [UPDATED Nov. 2020]

Is Tulum open for travel right now? It sure is — and here’s all the info you need to safely travel to Tulum, Mexico during the pandemic.

Merida to Campeche: How to Take an Amazing Day Trip

Planning a Merida to Campeche day trip? As a Merida local, find out why this is one of the best Merida day trips that I always recommend.

Bacalar Lagoon Mexico: How to Plan the Ultimate Trip

Traveling to Bacalar Lagoon in Mexico? I’ve been twice now, and I’m sharing all the travel planning info you need to know in this blog.

25 Amazing Day Trips From Merida That You Need to Take

Looking for the best day trips from Merida, Mexico? You’re in the right place because there’s 25 of them pinned to a FREE map here for you.

44 Instagrammable Things to Do in Merida Mexico + Free Map

Looking for the most instagrammable places & things to do in Merida, Mexico?! There are 44 of them pinned to a handy Merida Map in this blog, just waiting for you to discover.

Mexico Hidden Gems: The 5 You Need to Know About

Mexico hidden gems & off the beaten path destinations on your travel radar? You’re in the right place, because those are my speciality!

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