Yucatan, Mexico, Off the Beaten Path

Yucatan, Mexico, Off the Beaten Path

Cancun. Been there.

Playa del Carmen. Done that.

Bored by cenotes. All fed-up with all-inclusives. Seen too much of Tulum.


The Yucatan used to seem remote, but spring breakers, cruise ships  and honeymooners have put these once-undiscovered locales on the must-see list.

Is there still an off-the-beaten path in Yucatan? You bet.

On my last trip, I stumbled upon tiny Punta Allen. On the tip of Ascencion Bay south of Tulum, Punta Allen is surrounded by the Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an, making it a touch more secluded than much of the region.

It helps to have a car to get there (and please, be aware sooner than I was that the crackling sound under your tires is the sound of scrabbling crabs being squashed to death).

Punta Allen still has the feel of a remote fishing village. The fishermen, in fact are your tour guides, too. After puttering into the Caribbean for food in the morning, they head back to shore and pick up tourists for afternoon snorkeling and birdwatching. 

The beach is lined with laid-back cabanas. They're rustic. And they're not exactly cheap for what you get. But the beachside solitude is priceless.

Don't come looking for nightlife or even a bevy of dinner options. (Don't expect to find an ATM, either, by the way.) But if you're looking for a little hammock lifestyle with more pounding surf than pounding nightclubs, Punta Allen is hard to beat.


Written and contributed by David Frey.



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