Isn’t that what a tropical vacation is all about? Maybe it’s time you sampled island life in the gorgeous Caribbean. Here are my 3 favorite destinations (so far)!
Cozumel—it’s well known and well-loved for good reason! Take a day or two to really enjoy it; there’s a lot to do and see. Catching an early ferry is a good idea. There are 3 ferry companies at the dock in Playa del Carmen, with boats departing generally every half hour. Why not grab a coffee at Café Antoinette while you wait for your boat to arrive!
My family and I like to avoid the cruise ship crowds and explore the far side of the island. It’s really fun to rent a jeep or a Volkswagen bug convertible to discover a new favorite beach! The roads are in really good shape (considering it’s Mexico), and the drive is beautiful. There’s amazing snorkelling all along the lee side of Cozumel, and picturesque waves smashing into limestone shelves on the eastern coast. Ask for snorkel gear at the car rental agency if you don’t have your own. (Read up on my Coz dive experience here!)
Make sure to wear a hat and slather on the sunscreen. There’s just something about the island sun that seems especially powerful! Have your camera ready as you pass cute souvenir stands, with handicrafts on display in amidst wild aloes, swaying palms and virgin beach. Are you up for some beach volleyball at the Bob Marley bar? Surfers occasionally ride the rollers nearby.
After playing in the sun and sea, come back to the centre of San Miguel town in Cozumel for some great food options! There are taco stands, American eateries, Italian, great seafood restaurants and everything in between. The high-end shopping along the boardwalk caters to Cruiser crowd.
Isla Mujeres is like Cozumel’s cute little sister! It’s a short ferry ride from Cancun over sparkling aquamarine water. This tiny island has so much to offer. You can rent scooters or golf carts to get around (there are very few cars on the whole island).
The North Beach is absolutely stunning, with powdery soft sand and a long shallow shelf sheltered by the reef. Wade way out into the crystalline water with a drink in hand—now that’s refreshing! On the rugged southern tip of the island you can walk the seaside path, collect conch shells and snap amazing pictures of the lighthouse and the Cancun hotel strip in the distance.
Tinier and quainter still, Holbox is a very alluring getaway. It’s now more accessible than ever (only an hour’s drive from Playa del Carmen on the new highway). The ferry ride is about 20-minutes. The most laid-back island around, it’s truly a tropical paradise where you can stroll around everywhere in your bare feet. Massive whale sharks migrate the channel, drawing visitors from May to September. Swimming with these gentle giants is an incredible experience!
Before you head back to the mainland, make some memories and watch the sun set over the Caribbean.
You’ve just had the perfect day!
Written by Kelly G.