The Grand Costa Maya region is somewhat off the beaten track, with quiet lagoons, clear blue seas, white sand beaches, ancient Mayan ruins, tropical jungles and a world of adventure and beauty waiting to be discovered. Located in the southern Mexican Caribbean coastal region, it is just a few hours south of Cancun. The main cities in the region are Chetumal, Mahahual and Bacalar. This is a great honeymoon destination for those who want a quieter pace and a chance to get closer to the natural world as well as local history and culture.

For lovers of water sports, the Grand Costa Maya is tropical paradise where the inviting crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing. When you’re feeling more adventurous, try scuba diving or parasailing. You get can your adrenaline rush zip lining above the tropical forest canopy or diving into a blue cenote, or sinkhole lake, from a zip line.

The region is the focus of local sustainable tourism and conservation efforts, and there are several eco parks and nature reserves to explore. The Santuario del Manati near Chetumal protects these gentle marine mammals and their environment, and the Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve preserves the largest coral reef in Mexico along with its variety of marine flora and fauna.

While there are many restaurants serving international food, you’ll want to try the delicious local food with typical Mayan dishes like the Tikinxic fish, grilled with achiote or annatto seeds, and served with tomatoes, sour orange, chilli and onions. Chicken or pork tamales wrapped in banana leaf, shrimp, and Yucatán specialities like paunches and sope are other street foods you will en-joy.

Accommodations consist primarily of smaller boutique hotels, lodges, and cabanas by the beach. You can also find eco-friendly accommodations at solar-powered resorts. One the most romantic places to stay would be a cabana with a pier built out over the water, so you can enjoy the view or jump in for a swim any time.

The best way to get around the region is to rent a car. Rentals are easy and will give you the freedom to plan your own itinerary and make stops whenever you like. There are local taxis and bus services as well. The weather is warm and sunny year-round.