The Yucatan Peninsula, which is a section of land in southeast Mexico that separates the Caribbean from the Gulf of Mexico, encompasses a region of Mexico that is one of the most popularly visited in all of Mexico and even a top destination in the world. Whether its for the sprawling all-inclusive resorts and beaches or the Mayan ruins and lush jungles, there is a little something for everyone here. If you know how to manage local transportation; however, you can take advantage of all of the attractions the region has to offer.
Because the Yucatan is a peninsula, the sea serves as a big mode of transportation for adventurous tourists looking for a unique way to travel. Countless cruises are scheduled to visit the region each year, which allows visitors to see as much of the region as they can in a short span of time, and those with the skill set have the option of sailing a private yacht to one of a dozen or more marinas along the coast. Still, air travel remains the most popular way to get to the Yucatan.
Once you've arrived in the Yucatan, you have a bevy of options available to you with regard to ground transportation. Surprising to many, buses serve as the most popular mode of transportation, but other options include renting a car or hailing a cab. Ferries are also in option if you'll be staying in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
There are five airports within the Yucatan Peninsula that tourists should be aware of in Cancun, Campeche, Chetmal, Cozumel, and Playa del Carmen. For the most part, visitors will fly to the Cancun International Airport, then transfer on a domestic airline to the smaller airports with Cozumel being the exception. Which part of the region you plan to stay in will inform your decision of where to fly to, and you can learn more about that by reading our guide to Yucatan Peninsula Air Travel.
Boasted as one of the top yachting destinations in the world, the Yucatan offers a handful of world-class marinas to dock your boat, plus hundreds of amazing things to do once ashore. Most importantly for boaters, the waters in this region are warm and generally calm, and the rules for gaining entry are minimal. Ports of entry include Champoton, Campeche, Celestun, Progreso, Telchac, Puerto Juarez, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Cozumel, Majahaul, and Chetumal.
In order to gain entry, you'll need to sign an Import Form and present an original and copy of your boat's registration of Coast Guard documentation, a valid passport for each person aboard, a tourist card for each person, and an up-to-date crew list.
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The Yucatan is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean thanks to the mysterious Mayan ruins that is a huge draw to people who will only spend a short amount of time on land. There are five distinct cruise ports in the Yucatan including Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Calica, Costa Maya, and Progreso. Due to such high demand, there are plenty of cruise lines that now offer two ports of call in the Yucatan, one which will allow visitors to explore ancient ruins, and another to spend a day enjoy shopping or relaxing on the beach.
Renting a car is a great way to see the Yucatan Peninsula at your own pace, and it is easy to get a decent price. While you could spend anywhere from $20 to $150(USD) a day, if you avoid renting from the airport in Cancun, and compare a few different rental agencies in the area, you'll ensure you pay towards the lower end of the price range. Get more tips about renting a car in the Yucatan, as well as some information about driving by clicking here.
Taxis are available almost everywhere in the Yucatan, and for many serve as their main source of transportation thanks to the rates that are often kept low by the local taxi unions which set the rates for each destination in advance. Even the cost of a typical tip is low, and drivers don't expect more than a $1(USD) as a show of appreciation. Everything you need to know about taxis in the Yucatan can be read here.
Despite what you may have heard about buses in Mexico, the inter-city buses that travel about the Yucatan are some of the best around. Some say they are even better than those in the United States and Canada. For less than $10(USD), you can travel from one end of the region to the next and get in all of the most important attractions, so long as you have budgeted the time to do so. Some of the larger cities even have local bus systems for transportation closer to home. Check out our guide to Buses in the Yucatan Peninsula for information on schedules and fares.
The ferry services available in the Yucatan are mainly centered on the Caribbean coast, with several different ferries that travel to Isla Mujeres on a daily basis from Cancun, and one that travels back and forth between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. You'll spend less than $15(USD) on the trip, which is often a fun way to travel, and allows you the opportunity to see yet another important spot of the Mexican landscape. Find out more details information about schedules and fees here.
With so much land to cover in the Yuctan,it is important to plan every move you make in advance in order to reduce stress and make the most of your getaway. Knowing which transportation options are available simply help in making the process that much easier.
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