Mexican Caribbean: Much More Than the Beach

Mexican Caribbean Much More Than the Beach

The beaches of the Mexican Caribbean are beautiful. Who can say otherwise, with the shades of blue that reflect the sun and break on the fine white sand? It’s truly paradise. However, the beach is just one of the adventures you can experience in the Mexican Caribbean.

Here are the top 3 of activities in Cancún and the Riviera Maya that do not include the beach:

a) Swimming in cenotes. Once get into a cenote, it is hard to get out. Cenotes are natural pools of fresh water, or sinkholes, connected by long underground rivers. There are cenotes open at ground level and others inside caves and completely covered. Cenotes are all different depths and some up to 90 meters deep. It is always advisable to wear a lifejacket. In the Riviera Maya there are at least a hundred cenotes that you can visit from Puerto Morelos to south of Tulum.

b) Explore Mayan cities. Tulum is a must for those who visit the Riviera Maya for the first time, and you can visit up to 10 more archaeological sites along the Riviera Maya and the surrounding area including Muyil, Cobá, Xaman Ha, Xcaret, Xel-Ha, El Meco, El Rey, San Miguelito, Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. There are many more sites scattered across the Yucatan Peninsula.

c) Explore the jungle and meet the spider monkey. Punta Laguna is located very close to Cobá on a dirt road in the jungle. This beautiful park offers a tour, that if taken in the morning, will allow visitors to see spider monkeys up close, roaming free in the wild. The experience also includes a small Mayan ceremony, a boat ride and a zip line over a beautiful lagoon.

Sale and Consumption of Alcohol Law, for Healthy Coexistence

Cancún, Quintana Roo – Recent reforms to the Sale and Consumption of Alcohol Law in the state of Quintana Roo now regulate the hours of purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Establishments that sell alcohol in closed containers, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and convenience stores must stop selling it at 11 pm.

The deadline for bars and nightclubs is also 11 pm, however, tourism establishments in Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres and Tulum may extend the deadline to 3 am with a paid permit.

In addition, the new law includes safety regulations that establishments must meet in order to renew their permits. According to authorities, the intention is to protect the consumer. They also caution residents and visitors not to drink and drive.