Ek' Balam in the Yucatan. Photo © Jose Ignacio Soto/123rf.

Maya Ruins Near Cancún and Cozumel

Besides its incredible beaches and world-class resorts, Mexico’s Caribbean coast is also home to numerous ancient Maya ruins, including some of the most important archaeological sites in the country and the continent. A visit to one or more is well worth a day off the sand, even for committed beach hounds.

Cochinita Pibil is a traditional dish of slow-roasted pork. Photo © Alexander Mychko/123rf.

Traditional Food in the Yucatán

Like many regions of Mexico, the Yucatán Peninsula has a cuisine all its own. The base is recognizably Mexican, but the dishes here are strongly influenced by traditional Maya ingredients and techniques, with dashes of Caribbean and Middle Eastern flavors. Here are some popular menu items.

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Moon Tulum

This full-color guide includes vibrant photos and easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning. Experienced Mexico travelers Gary Chandler and Liza Prado know the best way to explore Tulum and nearby areas, from the postcard-perfect Mayan ruins to the rich biodiversity of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Chandler and Prado include engaging itinerary ideas for […]

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Parks on Isla Cozumel

Isla Cozumel is a small, mostly undeveloped island with a lot going for it. Both families and independent travelers can experience a day at the park here that fits their itineraries and interests, whether that be a full day exploring nature, relaxing on the beach, or some interactive fun for the kids.

San Gervasio. Photo © Juris Didrihsons/123rf.

Maya Archeaological Sites on Isla Cozumel

Isla Cozumel played a deeply significant role in the Maya world. The island’s primary site—known as San Gervasio today—was dedicated to Ixchel, the Maya goddess of fertility, the moon, childbirth, medicine, and weaving. Read on to discover more about archaeological sites on the island.

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Renting Cars or Mopeds on Isla Cozumel

Renting a car is a nice way to get out of downtown and see the rest of the island. It is virtually impossible to get lost, and you can visit all the main spots in a day or two. Read on to learn about the average costs and how to avoid tourist scams.