Published On: Thu, Feb 9th, 2017

Go to Cancun for spring break, but then, take a road trip!

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Amir Bibawy, from The Associated Press flies to Cancun for Spring break, but instead of the typical “party animal” vacation, the man sails out on a road trip through southeast Mexico, from Cancun through Campeche to Yucatan, a journey full of fun and a sunny itinerary that includes beaches, Mayan sites and regional food specialties.

A road trip across southeast Mexico offered the perfect antidote to winter: sun, beaches, yummy food, great drinks and amazing sights, from a colonial old town to ancient Maya structures. Best of all, the longest stretch of driving was just five hours from Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean to Campeche on Mexico’s Gulf Coast.

The roughly 1,000-mile loop also traversed three remarkably different states. Quintana Roo, home to resort-laden Cancun and Playa del Carmen, has more of an American feel than most places in Mexico. Campeche’s laidback and colorful atmosphere is a nice contrast to Yucatan’s earthy cuisine and cultural significance.

This December 2016 photo shows a beach north of Playa del Carmen in Mexico, which stretches for miles. A road trip through southeast Mexico, from Cancun through Campeche to Yucatan, offers a fun and sunny itinerary that includes beaches, Mayan sites and regional food specialties. (AP Photo/Amir Bibawy)

Car rental rates are low (though locally obtained insurance, which is essential, will up the cost). Major highways in the region are split into freeways and toll roads, cuotas. The tolls are relatively inexpensive and the cuotas are often empty. At times you can travel almost alone for miles. With $250 round-trip flights from the U.S. and the Mexican peso worth half what it was five years ago against the dollar, there’s no better time to visit.

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