The Emerald Coast. Yucatan is an exceptional state, rich in natural treasures and possessing an unmatched coastline stretching 378 km from Celestún to Río Lagartos, bathed by the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The white sands and tranquility are additional rewards for those looking for sun, palms and sea. Visitors enjoy the warm climate and wonderful beaches by the blue-green sea, as well as savor the superb dishes prepared from the catch of the day.
Here you can experience the warmth and color of the tropics, revered by the ancient Maya who, according to legend, were great navigators and lovers of the sea.
Progreso – Entrance port to the State of Yucatan, Progreso is unbeatable for its variety of water sports such as windsurfing and kayaking. Here you can take a stroll along the seafront, enjoy the breeze and savor the delicious regional food served in the many restaurants which line the sea walk.
Today a number of cruise lines disembark here, bringing countless passengers from all over the world who enjoy not only the charm and exquisite flavor of the historic port, but also the peacefulness and warmth of its people. From here you can visit anywhere in the state on tourist routes designed for day-trippers.
For those who prefer an overnight stay, there are picturesque hotels with a sea view, some of which conserve the Art Deco style of the beginning of the last century. Impeccably positioned in the Peninsula of Yucatan and with an efficient tourist infrastructure, Progreso is the state’s most important port.
Sisal – A legendary port for coastal navigation, almost all the henequen produced in the state at the beginning of the XIX century was exported from here. The sun sheds its warm smile on the beaches and, of course, the exotic natural scenery. Beautiful migratory birds like the Canadian duck arrive punctually every year in search of the peaceful waters or Sisal.
Also worth a visit are the fortifications built by the port guardians to protect against raiding pirates. A visit to the Yucatecan coast will definitely surprise and spoil you with its charms: bask in the refreshing air and transparent waters; delight in the delicious lobster, conch, octopus or shrimp…or to put it simply: just relax.
Telchac – A small corner of the Yucatan coast with serene, transparent waters, Telchac is the ideal place for a variety of water sports and a well-earned rest. Take a pleasant walk around the quaint square or along the promenade to the lighthouse. Close by is the beautiful Laguna Rosada (pink lagoon), home to migrating birds, and Uaymitun, a refuge for the fabulous pink flamingo.
Holbox Island – A small and authentic paradise is located on the Northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. A place of rest and wonder since ancient Maya times waits for you to discover it. Holbox Island one of the natural beauties of the State of Quintana Roo in Mexico, is part of the protected area called “Yum Balam”, an ecological reserve.
On the east side of the Holbox Island is Cabo Catoche, and a lagoon separates the Holbox Island from the main land: Laguna Yalahau. Holbox is 43 km long and its white sand beaches are decorated with countless shells the sea washes to shore.
Isla Mujeres – Is a privileged place with a unique natural and cultural wealth in Mexico. This beautiful island combines the beauty of the Caribbean, the dense tropical jungle and the wonderful heritage of the Maya civilization. It stands out as one of Mexico’s natural treasures, a truly delightful paradise on earth.
Cancun – Beaches are distributed along Cancun’s shores. Some edge the tranquil waters of Mujeres Bay while others face the open Caribbean Sea. Special precautions should be taken on the open ocean-side beaches when the sea is rough and, in general, visitors should always pay attention to the warning flags posted in front of each hotel: green or blue indicates calm seas, yellow, precaution and red or black, danger.
Cancun’s beaches are made of fine, soft white sand. The brilliant white color helps keep the sand cool by reflecting the sun’s rays and it also retains less heat because it consists of a mixture of minute fragments of shell and ground coral.
The beautiful turquoise color of the sea varies depending on the area and depth and in some places it ranges from deep blue to emerald green.
Playa del Carmen – Originally named Xaman-Ha (waters of the north) Playa del Carmen is a living vibrant part of the Maya World (Mundo Maya).
Located on the beautiful Mexicana Caribbean Coast some 40 miles (60 km) south of Cancun, Playa, as it is now affectionately known, is the perfect base from which to explore the fascinating sites along the Cancun-Tulum Corridor of Quintana Roo (now called Maya Riviera).
Playa del Carmen is blessed with miles of unspoiled white sandy beaches and crystal-clear Caribbean waters that’s proving harder and harder to find. It’s a place for those in search of the real Caribbean. Experience Playa del Carmen and the endless adventures Mundo Maya has to offer.
Sian Ka’an – A Maya phrase for “Where the Sky is born”, was the first established Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. It is currently a UNESCO World Heritage site and remains a high priority of protection for the state of Mexico.
As the third largest protected area in Mexico, the Sian Ka´an Biosphere Reserve comprises 1.3 million acres of tropical ecosystems in the State of Quintana Roo.
Consisting of lowland forest, flooded savannas, mangroves, and a portion of the world’s second largest coastal barrier reef – the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef – the Reserve is home to 800 plant species and provides habitat for 350 species of birds, as well as jaguar, puma, ocelot, spider and howler monkeys, crocodiles, and many types of turtles.
Additionally, the Sian Ka´an Biosphere Reserve is home to 23 different archaeological sites of pre-Columbian culture.
Cozumel – Famous all over the world for its coral reefs, there are plenty of water sports such as diving, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and more.
Cozumel’s mostly undeveloped territory at the center of the island is covered by jungle and swampy lagoons, which are home to tiny mammals and endemic birds that have never left the island.
Noteworthy is the Chankanaab National Park, a Cozumel icon, and the Punta Sur Ecological Reserve.
This huge protected area at the southern tip of the island includes Punta Cellaring and its historical lighthouse, as well as the Colombia Lagoon, a shelter for many of the island’s endemic species, as well as other endangered forms of life, such as marine turtles and their nesting areas.
Chetumal – Birthplace of miscegenation Chetumal is a region of brilliant colors: the intense green of the vegetation, the turquoise of the Caribbean Sea and the blue of the sky evoke the appearance of an aquarelle painting.
To know this city and its surroundings is to enter a simply enchanting place that is an invitation to discovery and to the pleasures of the unknown.
Chetumal is the midpoint between Mexico and Central America, in which they mix the best thing of both destinies; one is in the border with Belize. Highway 307 unites Chetumal with Cancun (5 hours approximately) and with other points of the Maya Riviera.
In this zone they took place important events from the beginning of the Spanish conquest to the definitive dissolution of the Maya empire.
Doorway to Central America from Mexico, capital city of Quintana Roo state, birthplace of miscegenation, Chetumal is a large cultural center that still conserves its provincial flavor in the midst of that modern city.
To visit Chetumal isn’t just a visit to the beginning or the end of a country; it’s discovering and enjoying a magical zone bathed in colors of the jungle and the sea.