I've lost count of the number of visits my parents have made, but we always manage to show them something new. They've been to Isla Mujeres, Isla Blanca, Cancun of course, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Tulum and Merida. This year I am torn, not sure where we should take them. I think I've settled on a place and I change my mind, then change it back again, the options are limitless and I can't seem to focus. Here are some of the places I've been considering.....
1. Isla Holbox- I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this island off the north end of Quintana Roo. We went for the first time last year and were enamored. It's isolated and far from overdeveloped, just a few palapa style hotels, no huge resorts. Everyone travels by golf cart, even the taxis are golf carts, the feeling is very laid back and the beach is absolutely stunning. I'm desperate to return to this little piece of paradise, particularly as it's whale shark season and that's one of my "Must Do Before I Die" things, I NEED to swim with the whale sharks. There are no banks on the island, not much of anything really, a perfect place to get away from it all and surround yourself with the beautiful things in life. I think my parents would love it, thus, top of my list.
Laguna Bacalar photo courtesy of Rivergirl
2. Laguna Bacalar- We have never visited Bacalar, but it is a really intriguing prospect. The "lagoon of seven colours" is located just north of the state capital Chetumal, about three hours south of Cancun. It's fairly undiscovered by tourists but the photos I've seen are spectacular. Hotels are small bed and breakfast type affairs and are very reasonably priced (I've seen a few for less than $50 USD a night). There is an old fort in Bacalar and there are several Mayan ruin sites nearby. Canoeing, kayaking and snorkeling are popular activities and it just looks like a nice, tranquil place to hang out. It's one of the places that I haven't seen in Quintana Roo and I think it would be fun to discover all it has to offer with my parents.
The Cathedral in Valladolid
photo courtesy of Yucatan Living
photo courtesy of Yucatan Living
3. Valladolid- Leaving Quintana Roo and entering the neighbouring state of Yucatan, Valladolid takes you back in time. The colonial architecture and historical buildings, combined with nearby ruins and cenotes make this a very appealing destination. It's yet another place that we have not had a chance to see. My parents loved Merida, so I think they would defintely enjoy Valladolid. My big concern is that it's summer time, July, and the temperatures will be soaring. I'm keeping this on the list, but I think it might be best to leave it for a trip when the weather won't melt us.
Those are probably the top three (at this moment in time), though I've considered several other places. As much as I like adventure and "roughing" it a little, there's a little piece of me that thinks it might be nice to just hang out at some all inclusive hotel in the Riviera Maya, eating and drinking to our hearts' content while Max plays in the kid's club. I haven't shut that option down yet, even though it's not normally my style, it's got a lot of appeal in these hot months! Who can argue against a cute waiter serving me cold cold drinks in a pineapple and bringing me fresh towels?
So, what's your vote? Where would you take the whole fam damily?