Clockwise from top: Isla Mujeres beach, Cancún’s Museo Subacuático de Arte, brightly painted buildings in Campeche, Chichén Itzá’s great pyramid, angelfish at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, beach at Playa del Carmen, traditional Mexican ceramics at a street stall

Stunning Caribbean beaches and epic Mayan sites. Lovely colonial cities and pristine diving reefs. Tropical islands and nature reserves rich with wildlife. Mouthwatering cuisine and vibrant nightlife. Whatever takes your fancy, this region has something for everyone. With Eyewitness Top 10 Cancún and the Yucatán, it’s yours to explore.

Set between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatán Peninsula is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Its focal point is Cancún, a lively mega-resort with a dazzling array of hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, stores, and activities. South of Cancún, the Mayan Riviera stretches from mellow Puerto Morelos and hip Playa del Carmen to picturesque Tulum, with its palm-fringed beach overlooked by a clifftop Mayan temple. Beyond lie the wildlife paradise of Sian Ka’an and the diving haven of Cozumel island.

Inland are some of the world’s finest archaeological sites, notably the dramatic Mayan sites of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal. The region is also rich in Spanish colonial history: Mérída is one of the most delightful cities in Mexico, filled with Moorish-style townhouses, palm-shaded patios, colonnaded squares, and whitewashed churches.

Whether you’re visiting for a weekend or a week, our Top 10 guide brings together the best of everything the region has to offer, from the Caribbean hideaway of Isla Mujeres to the historic walled town of Campeche on the Gulf of Mexico. The guide has useful tips throughout, from seeking out what’s free to avoiding the crowds, plus six easy-to-follow itineraries designed to tie together a clutch of sights in a short space of time. Add inspiring photography and detailed maps, and you’ve got the essential pocket-sized travel companion. Enjoy the book, and enjoy Cancún and the Yucatán.

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