We left Tulum, Mexico a few days ago and took a ferry to Cozumel. It was a relief to leave the touristy hustle and bustle of the east coast Yucatan. Tulum is over the moon expensive these days. We were lucky enough to stay in one of the last private beach sanctuaries on the Caribbean.
There's a good reason -- or rather, many wonderful reasons -- why families, couples, and singles, the young and the old, from many parts of the world, are drawn to this strip on the eastern shore of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Maybe your cruise ship docked for only a day in Belize. If so, book the next flight you can back to this breathtaking Central American country. Its 9,000 square miles has an abundance of adventures to offer and is often overlooked by travelers.
While the Riviera Maya is often considered an inexpensive hub for those seeking boozy fun in the sun, there has been a growing trend in travelers who are opting to leave the cushy confines of all-inclusive resorts and explore the more authentic, enriching, and unique areas of the region.
December 21, 2012 is rapidly approaching. And whether you believe it's the end of the world or simply the end of one Mayan calendar and the beginning of the next, one thing is for certain: There are lots of ways to celebrate.