A quick lookback to a 2008 visit to the Yucatan Peninsula, which still counts amongst our most enjoyable trips.

Three things that stay in the mind:

– the warmth of the people

– the low cost of living

– the variety of attractions including magnificent cenotes (pic National Geographic)




Let’s admit it – we beach bummed a bit here too, on Playa del Carmen, a windswept beach on a busy but low-key resort.  The main town is a million miles away in feel from Cancun, and the choice of street food, restaurants, bars, lounges and hotels made for a great vibe (we stayed in Hotel La Tortuga, moments from the main activities, with breakfasts that remain memorable, jacuzzis on the balconies, and a meandering pool and beautiful decor).


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As well as the cenotes, attractions nearby include Tulum – home to Mayan ruins at a beautiful coastal setting.  Hidden Worlds, a family friendly cenote and outdoor adventure centre, is also near to Tulum, as is Xcaret: an unusual wildlife, activities and cultural park.

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And that’s even before we get into the food, which in the days before it was common to take photos of your meals, I don’t have much record of!  A must-go-back destination, to delve somewhat deeper.