We spent two months last year in the Yucatán and this is quickly becoming one of our favorite spots in the world.

Last time around, we explored the various cenotes and Mayan ruins in the area. We were too early in the season to see the whale sharks, but this year we managed to time it up right. This is something I’ve always wanted to do and it was a pretty great experience.

The whale sharks migration path goes right through the channel between the Yucatán Peninsula and Cuba, where they go to feed and mate. The waters are filled with plankton and I was amazed just how many whale sharks you could see around our little boat.


Other Wildlife

If you’re in the area, don’t miss out on snorkeling with the turtles in Akumal. It’s an easy-to-reach beach where the turtles come to eat, and you’re guaranteed to spot dozens of them close to shore.


Sunrises

Living most of the year in San Diego, I’m used to great sunsets, but it’s a nice twist to get to see beautiful sunrises nearly every morning — particularly because I’m a natural morning person and I’m always up before the sun.


Chamico’s

This year we managed to finally hunt down the elusive Chamico’s restaurant. Down a long dirt road between Tulum and Akumal, Chamico’s is our favorite type of restaurant — plastic chairs, feet in the sand, and fresh seafood cooked camping style over a wood fire. Don’t miss the fried fish or the ceviché!


Summer Weather in the Yucatán

This area is hot and humid during the summer — but, after all, that’s what the pool is for. 🙂 I also experienced my first hurricane this summer. During our stay, Hurricane Earl passed south of us, hitting Puerto Aventuras with the outer bands and a decent storm surge.


Tulum


And the Sunsets…

I’m sad to be leaving Puerto Aventuras tomorrow, but we will definitely be back next year. Heading back to La Jolla for a bit, but I have plenty of shorter travel adventures planned for the next few months.