Get Back to Nature in Socially Distanced Mexican Caribbean

by Kristy Tolley
woman sitting on a pier by the water in Bacalar

From Secluded Beaches to Natural Attractions in the Middle of the Jungle, the Mexican Caribbean is the Idyllic Destination for a Socially Distanced Family-Friendly Getaway 

As social distancing changes the way we travel, the Mexican Caribbean stands out as a safe and comfortable region owing to its wealth of activities, accommodations and sights, many of which are naturally socially distanced among an iconic landscape of sea and shore. The natural world is calling and the Mexican Caribbean answers with endless ways to head into the wild.

Water Activities

The renowned resorts of Cancun are known for their superb restaurants, staff that go above and beyond, and luxe amenities, however, the destination also boasts several nature activities just steps away from the hotel zone. The best way of touring the Nichupte Lagoon is by kayak with Conexion Nativa Cancun – visitors kayak past rich mangroves and explore connections between the local ecosystem. For a more luxurious experience, families and friends can book a sailing or catamaran tour for a relaxing day at sea, away from crowds. Some of the best companies for these experiences are Cancun Adventures and Aquatours.

“The Mexican Caribbean has unlimited options for travelers that want to embrace nature’s call, to experience it both in conventional and unexpected ways. The versatility of its destinations allows for an intimate retreat, while being able to explore all the attractions that characterize it,” said Dario Flota Ocampo, director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Board.

Relaxing Stays

Just 30 minutes north of Cancun lies Costa Mujeres, an emerging destination of quiet exclusivity and modern lodging among white sandy beaches. This area boasts several hotels that offer the glamour and comfort of Cancun, with less crowds. Another hidden gem for reconnecting to nature is Cobá, a small village 40 minutes from central Tulum. Cobá is an escape to the past, to a world where individuals are one with nature. The destination in the middle of the jungle offers rich Mayan history and stunning boutique hotels that blend into the rural surroundings, including intimate Aldea Cobá, and upscale Coqui Cobá Papolchac Residence & Spa, the Mexican Caribbean outpost of this one-of-a-kind hospitality experience.

Natural Gems

The southern region, known as Grand Costa Maya, specializes in seclusion and relaxation in the area’s otherworldly nature. Visitors can take private paddle boarding lessons on Bacalar’s famous Lagoon of Seven Colors or dive into the underwater mysteries of the Banco Chinchorro reef in Mahahual. Socially distanced stays in this region include The Explorean Kohunlich, a rustic venue surrounded by jungle, and Almaplena Beach Resort, a charming nine-room resort. Whether seeking an Insta-ready backdrop or a rugged environmental experience, eco-travelers will find much to love in Grand Costa Maya.

Islands are an ideal choice for isolation, and social distancing on one is even better when truly unique outdoor activities are on offer. Take Cozumel’s Pearl Farm, which hosts small group tours where visitors learn the natural cultivation process of pearls. Guests can even go glamping via the farm’s overnight experience – what better way to explore with your travel bubble? A more traditional experience awaits at Ventanas al Mar Cozumel, the only oceanfront property on the island’s East Coast, ideal for stargazing. Under the stars and away from the hustle & bustle of daily life, visitors will emerge with a renewed soul.

North of Cancun lies Holbox, a car-free paradise within the Yum Balam Nature Reserve. This on-the-rise island is home to independent hotels that immerse guests in eco-luxury, like Aldea Kuká, which offers nightly sunset yoga among other relaxing amenities. Just a few miles from Holbox is Nativa Park in the village of Solferino. This sustainable ecotourism project takes visitors through incredible flora and fauna via jungle ATV rides, kayaking, bird watching and more.

A safe, distanced and comfortable vacation is easy with the endless experiences of the Mexican Caribbean. After months of isolation, visitors can take a breather and absorb the salty air of the Mexican Caribbean in some of the region’s best adventures.

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