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June 28, 2012 1:14 PM Subscribe
Mexico beach filter: Is there anywhere I could go on the Yucatan for a low-cost, laid-back, bohemian-esque week on the beach this November? Or should I stick with the area around Zipolite on the Oaxaca coast?
posted by lunasol to travel & transportation around Mexico (17 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm planning a trip to Mexico this November. I have 3 weeks for this trip and was initially planning a couple of days in Mexico City, 4-5 days in Oaxaca, a week around San Cristobal de las Casas/Palenque/Agua Azul and a week on the beaches around Zipolite.
Zipolite sounds perfect to me in many ways - I like my beach experiences rustic, cheap and laid-back. I'd rather avoid cruise ships, big resorts and tour buses. And I don't have a ton to spend on this trip.
But I've been reading that the beaches around Zipolite, while beautiful, are not good for swimming. And it seems like there's so much cool stuff to see/do on the Mayan Riviera: bioluminescent bays, snorkeling near reefs, cenotes.
Is there any beach in that area where I could stay in a very basic cabana/bungalow on the beach, free of huge resorts, for under $20/night, and where I can also get around to see other stuff in the area? I guess Tulum used to be like this, but not anymore - what about Isla Holbox? Alternately, is there anywhere on the Oaxaca coast where swimming will be ok?
Oh, and I realize this is pretty early to be asking, but my decision about this will determine whether I fly into the DF or Cancun, so I want to decide in the next few weeks so I can get a good deal on a flight.