Looking for new off the beaten path escape\

Old Jun 16th, 2019, 02:42 PM
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Looking for new off the beaten path escape\

We have traveled around Mexico & have totally enjoyed our time there. Akumal was a great place to go but must say after going there for a few times, the last time really disappointed us. Too many people & they ruined the snorkeling at Akumal Bay. It was all roped off & way too many ropes in the water that you couldn't cross. So where have you gone that is quieter, great snorkeling, good food, fun things to do & reasonable lodging. We are not the all inclusive type. Would love to find a place to rent for a month. Love ruins, archeology, nice beaches, snorkleling, fishing & friendly town. Appreciate your feedback.
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Old Jun 16th, 2019, 05:37 PM
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Below are links to trip reports I did on Veracruz state. Ticks several of your boxes. Beaches however, are generally regarded as not as nice as either the Pacific or the Caribbean. But the lack of hordes of tourists more than makes up for it, IMO. Veracruz has the largest reef system in the gulf. Ruins nearby. If you found a rental for a month you could very easily venture inland as I mention in the reports. I didn't really mention too much about the Anthro museum in Xalapa, but it's regarded as the 2nd best in Mexico behind that in Mexico City.
https://www.fodors.com/community/mex...tripa-1656231/
Veracruz Coast Trip Report
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Old Jun 16th, 2019, 05:40 PM
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Old Jun 16th, 2019, 07:07 PM
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Looking for something similar a few years ago we spent a week just outside of Mahahual after departing Akumal. It also ticks a number of your boxes.

But two major negatives:
1) Cruise ships dock there and then the place becomes a zoo if you go in or near town.
2) The beaches had an extraordinary amount of plastic litter washed ashore. We were told it came from dumping trash off the coast of Honduras. Who knows but very depressing.

I don't imagine either of those have improved since our trip. But we did find ways to make it work for us, so you could consider it.
https://www.locogringo.com/mexico/va...maya/mahahual/
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Old Jun 17th, 2019, 12:47 PM
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Look into Puerto Morelos, good snorkeling, mostly via boat but you can snorkel safely in front of the Ojo de Agua Hotel, too much boat traffic in other areas. Small town about a 20 minute drive from the Cancun airport, lots of restaurants and near Crococun Zoo.
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Old Jun 18th, 2019, 06:28 AM
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We have spent a night there but did little exploring. It's a bit busy around there but will do some research on the area.
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Old Jun 18th, 2019, 06:29 AM
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Thanks for the info. We have never been in that area but sounds like there are lots of things of interest. I'll check it out.
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We have been to that area a few times. We stayed a week at the Explorean Kohunlich which was great. We got to explore ruins where we were the only visitors as well as the lake & a stop at Majhuhal. We also stopped there on a cruise which does overtake the area. I've looked into Holbox. Anyone have any thoughts on that area?
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For one, you could look directly to the north of the main beach in Akumal, at Half Moon Bay and the adjacent Yal-Ku Lagoon ...

Also, if you're looking for a pleasant town with fishing and snorkeling, you could do a lot worse than Puerto Morelos.
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Holbox is great for a few days, no cars, small village with plentiful restaurants and laid back atmosphere. Easy to get to by ADO bus and ferry but try to make reservations before getting there as the hotels fill quickly. Nice sunsets and take time to visit the cemetery... rent a bike and tour the area, you can also rent a go cart, the only means of transportation....
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I've been to Holbox a few times like 15 years ago, but not since it's been 'discovered'. I'm afraid that any place that has it's own sub-forum on TripAdvisor is long past off the beaten path.
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Baldone I'm checking out Veracruz. Sounds like lots of interesting things there & nearby. Are there many English speaking people there? Our Spanish is quite limited. I've enjoyed your trip reports & insights.
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Baldone I'm checking out Veracruz. Sounds like lots of interesting things there & nearby. Are there many English speaking people there? Our Spanish is quite limited. I've enjoyed your trip reports & insights.
Good question. My response I guess is some, but not a lot compared to the more touristy areas. Which I suppose is typical for places more off the beaten path. A handful of people we met were anxious to practice their English when they saw us gringos. Like in hotels and the trolley lady. And some random guy on the street in Veracruz City. He actually kinda stalked us when we were shopping. I think he probably was angling for a handout. I suspect in Xalapa you might find more it being a university city. Our Spanish is OK, so we tried to use it as much as we could.
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Hi idahogal,

My thoughts are similar to Baldone on this point. Veracruz, like other places off the usual anglophone tourist beaten path in Mexico, will Im sure have some that have studied English with proficiency and even have lived somewhere in the anglosphere, but Spanish was always my go-to language. Im racking my brain but I cant remember speaking to anyone in English in Veracruz. Funny, it was in Veracruz that I learned an expression Qu perro! which a guy said after a gust of wind blew the hat off my head and off the trolley (to be lost forever) from San Juan de Ula; Id never heard it before but assumed it meant what rotten luck!

Best wishes. Daniel

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Interesting thread! Is there anyplace on the southeast coast of QR that would fit?
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