Year-round warm weather and a turquoise sea draw travelers from around the world to the beautiful waters of the Mexican Caribbean. It’s hard to imagine planning a journey to this coastal playground without getting in the water—but where are some of the best and most unique locales?
Xcaret eco-park offers a wealth of opportunities and when it comes to splashing around, water activities are in abundance. Don a lifejacket and float down a natural lazy river, check out underground caves or swim in the park’s natural pools. There’s even a chance to swim with sharks, take a snorkel tour or enjoy the Sea Trek and Dolphin Ride encounters.
Visitors will find Akumal tucked away between bustling Playa del Carmen and Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula. The coastal resort town is home to Akumal Beach, with white sand and a stunning coral reef, it’s hard not to jump right into the water.
Just up the coast from Akumal, guests will also find Half Moon Bay and nearby Yal-ku Lagoon is teeming with tropical fish, stingrays and barracudas.
Guests heading to Puerto Morelos National Reef Park will find one of the world’s largest barrier reefs and an ideal place for a snorkeling adventure. The area became a protected national park in 1998 and visitors can see rays, turtles, barracudas and more.
Guests can undertake unique hiking and swimming opportunities at this underground river. Clear fresh water and dramatic stalactites and stalagmites welcome visitors on this other-worldly experience. A variety of family-friendly tour options are available to guests that include hiking, swimming, biking and more.
Cancun Hotel Zone
The traditional beach vacation will not disappoint those headed to Cancun’s bustling hotel zone. The crescent of white-sand beach is pristine, giving guests the chance to swim from the comfort of their hotel—just steps away from the sea.