The Yucatn’s rustic seaside
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Week of January 12-18, 1996
The Yucatán’s rustic seaside
A: With more than 6,000 miles of coastline, Mexico certainly has more than its fair share of beautiful beaches. So while it’s hard to say for sure which one is best, I can recommend a couple of my favorites.
For a welcome respite from touristy Cancun or Baja’s Cabo San Lucas, head down to the Yucatán peninsula and drive south along Highway 307–the main coastal road–until you see a stretch of deserted, white-sand Caribbean beach that catches your eye.
Or, if you want to do your planning in advance, consider the following laid-back alternatives. Opt for the simple life at KaiLuum, a low-key tent village on a virgin stretch of coastline about 35 miles south of Cancun, just off the Posada del Capitan Lafitte turnoff on Highway 307. Swim with parrot fish and yellowtails out on the offshore reef, rent snorkeling gear at
About 20 miles south of KaiLuum is a quiet little stretch of sand called Xpu-ha, a nearly pristine Tahiti clone that I think might be the most beautiful beach in the Yucatán. A handful of Mayan families sequestered under palm trees offer camping facilities and a few newly built concrete-and-tile rooms that rent for $25 a night. But the best spot to camp is toward the
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