Since the world didn't end on December 21, make plans to visit these amazing destinations in 2013!

Cancun, Mexico

1. Cancun (of course)

Cancun is a world class vacation destination due to its delicious all you can eat and drink buffets, constant parties, unparalleled beach, girls in bikinis and the warm Caribbean sun, with a lot of Mexican and Mayan culture mixed in. Cancun has something for everyone; families, friends or couples, and is a great choice anytime of the year.

Tip: Plan and book early for the lowest rates.

islands close to Cancun

2. Holbox

Holbox, which means "black hole" in Maya, is a genuine tropical paradise. This small, charming, laid back island offers unique gastronomy, adventure and natural beauty. To get there, make your way to the port of Chiquilá and then take a boat to the island.

Tip: Visit Holbox during Whale Shark season, which begins in May, and swim with the biggest fish in the ocean.

culture Merida

3. Merida

One of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, Mérida is a great place for history buffs, who will enjoy walking the downtown streets, spotting landmarks or taking a buggy ride down Paseo de Montejo. Take the turibus and visit the colonies and famous restaurants like La Colonia Garcia Ginerés or Los Almendros. Merida is a large city and features many attractions: markets, theaters, parks, zoos, shopping malls, museums and art galleries.

Tip: Take 2 days to visit "La Blanca" Merida, which is a 3 hour drive from Cancun.

islands near Cancun

4. Cozumel

Cozumel island is located about fifty kilometers from Cancun. Just hop a ferry from Playa del Carmen. This is an "all in one"destination because of its archaeological sites, parks, ecotourism, food, unique shops, entertainment and adventure. Aka Cuzamil or La Isla de las Golondrinas (named in honor of the Mayan goddess Ixchel) the island is recognized as a world class scuba diving destination.

Tip: Want to visit the marine park? Best dive sites: north and south Paradise Reef, Chankanaab Natural Park and Torments reef.

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Photo Credits:

Cancun / Antonio Cristerna

Holbox / rbrands

Merida / bfhstudios

Cozumel / Justin Griswold

Original post by Maria Curts, translated to English by...

Writter Bio

Kristin

Is an American expat who has been living in Cancun, Mexico since 2001. A mother, singer, salsa dancer and now writer and community manager, she has worked in many different industries but is currently enjoying exploring the Yucatan Peninsula and sharing her expertise and experience with readers around the world. Follow Kristin on Twitter

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