Catching the first rays of a new day, in a far away tropical paradise is absolutely something worth getting out of bed early for (or staying up just a little longer for – wink, wink). As the sun rises it feels almost as if time stops and its just you, the sun and the gently crashing waves.
Regardless who you are, a good sunrise will typically trigger that part inside you that invites you to breathe a little deeper and a little slower. Here are 5 fabulous spots to catch the sunrise while you’re on your Mexican Caribbean vacation. Don’t worry about how early the sunrises, you can have a pool or beach nap later – you’ll be on vacation remember?
Ahh – the first place in Mexico that the sun touches in the morning is Isla Mujeres. This small, sleepy in incredibly stunning little island off the coast of Cancun is an absolute dream all around. The view from the southern part of the island overlooking the Caribbean sea is impressive and it won’t disappoint. Check out one of these charming places to stay on the island, set your alarm early and prepare to be amazed.
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is one of those places that no matter what beach you stumble to in the morning, you’re going to get a spectacular view of the sunrise. Pick your favorite spot, relax and enjoy the show the sun is about to put on for you! After that, perhaps grab some breakfast and check out these local hidden gems.
If you want to enjoy the radiating beauty of sunup from this spot, it’s going to require a little extra preparation and a little extra adventure. In other words – you will require a vehicle to get here and you’re going to want to camp out over night! This beach is known to be more popular for locals and less popular for tourists. Here, you will have more privacy and an unobscured view of the sun and sea.
*Note: Some would say this is even an awesome spot to propose!
Incredible for both sunrise and sunset, the Nichupté lagoon is located between downtown Cancun and the hotel zone – making it very accessible for tourists. Enjoy the way the sun rises between the plethora of hotels and buildings or, if the weather permits, rent a kayak/paddle board and take it all in from on the water.
Tulum Mayan Ruins
You might be thinking – but they don’t open to the public until 9:00am, how is one supposed to take advantage of the private beach and epic location to soak up the sunrise here? Let me tell you! Go to the ruins the day before and request the special after hours tickets for tomorrow, not regular tickets for today. That way, you can access the ruins as early as 6:00am – right in time for sunrise. Not only is this a wicked place to be for sun up, but its also an awesome way to beat the crowds and explore the ruins with the little extra magic of the dawn of a new day.
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