Thrill-seekers can bike through the jungle, go for kayaking or scuba diving at the nearly 700-mile Meso-American Barrier Reef. The reef extends to the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras and serves as home and food to hundreds of fish species, marine turtles and sharks.
History buffs can explore the remarkably preserved Mayan sites or the fort of Bacalar, home of cannons to real-life Pirates of the Caribbean. For something hands-on, classes on making guacamole and salsa are available.
For a more laidback time, enjoy fresh fish tacos while lounging on the pristine white sand beaches under the sun.