Take a Winter Cycling Vacation in Mexico
Are you looking to keep up your bike riding well into the long Winter months? Choosing a winter cycling vacation on the warm, sunny, and SAFE Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico can be a unique and enticing option. From the weather to logistics to personal safety, here are some reasons why you should consider a winter cycling vacation on the Riviera Maya with BRAG:
Mexico’s Mild Winter Weather
The Yucatan Peninsula, which includes Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Valladolid, enjoys mild and pleasant winter weather, with temperatures typically in the 70s to 80s Fahrenheit from November into early March. This can be a stark contrast to many parts of the United States, where winter weather can be harsh and cold. Even parts of Florida can dip into the 30s over Winter. Cycling in Mexico during the winter allows you to escape Winter’s chill and enjoy bike rides in comfortable conditions.
Scenic Coastal Routes of Cancun
Cancun and surrounding destinations offer beautiful coastal routes along the Caribbean Sea. You can enjoy stunning ocean views and ride along pristine beaches, which can be a refreshing change from the winter landscapes in many parts of the US. Further inland you will experience jungles, villages, and Colonial cities. You’ll even get the chance to cool off by jumping into the crystal clear waters of Mexico’s famous Cenotes.
Mayan Culture Experience
The Yucatan has a rich cultural heritage, and BRAG’s Mexico trip provides an opportunity to explore ancient Mayan ruins, interact with local communities, and savor authentic Mexican cuisine. These cultural experiences are one-of-a-kind and add depth to your cycling vacation.
Mexico, including Cancun, can often be more budget-friendly than many US travel destinations, especially during the winter months when some US tourist areas are at their peak season. Because the US dollar goes so far in Mexico, BRAG has arranged for some pretty LUX resort digs during our trip.
Mexico’s Unique Flora & Fauna
Cancun and the surrounding areas offer a variety of cycling routes, from coastal roads to jungle trails. The relaxed routes on BRAG Mexico travel along flat terrain, make stops at interesting villages, and average about 30 miles a day, making this trip perfect for beginner riders and experienced riders looking to take it easy.
Adventure and Exploration
Cycling in a foreign country can be an adventure in itself, as you navigate different terrains and immerse yourself in a different culture. Exploring new places and trying new things can be a rewarding experience. Ride Director Franklin Johnson and his young family have spent many months vacationing in this region. BRAG Mexico includes some of Franklin & Heather’s favorite restaurants, riding locations, and cultural activities. We’ll be with you along for the whole trip to make sure you have the trip of a lifetime!
Is Mexico Safe?
Cancun, Mexico, is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural experiences.
BRAG Guides You Through Mexico
The entire Johnson family, baby and all, has spent long Winter months in this sunny paradise to plan and fine-tune every detail of BRAG Mexico, our January cycling tour of the Yucatan Peninsula. And let me tell you, this itinerary is packed with one-of-a-kind, BRAG-approved experience
Every minute of this trip is designed to provide you the trip of a lifetime — and maybe inspire a little jealousy in your neighbors this Winter. Join us for a week of hand-selected cultural experiences, luxury accommodations, and delicious local cuisine… All safely by bike!
When it comes to safety for tourists, Cancun and surrounding destinations go the extra mile to protect tourists and the very important tourism instustry. Here’s an overview of safety in Cancun:
Tourist Areas: Tourist areas on the Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun, are considered safe. Because tourism is the first priority in the region’s economy, tourists areas have a much higher police presence. It’s important for the Mexican government to maintain this huge income from tourism, so ensuring the safety of these visitors is paramount. Many security measures like armed checkpoints and an elevated police presence are in place in tourist areas to ensure the safety of visitors. Crimes against tourists in these areas very rare. Relative to crime in Orlando, the #1 tourist destination in the US, Cancun is extremely safe for tourists.
Petty Crime: As with many destinations worldwide, crimes of opportunity such as pickpocketing, purse snatching, and scams can be found. Travelers should exercise caution and be vigilant in crowded places, especially in markets and tourist hotspots, just like anywhere else in the world.
Beach Safety: While the beaches in Cancun are stunning, it’s important to be aware of water conditions. Strong currents can pose a risk, so it’s advisable to swim in designated areas and pay attention to safety flags.
Health and Hygiene: Tourists are encouraged to drink bottled water and practice proper hygiene to prevent gastrointestinal issues. The quality of healthcare facilities in Cancun is very good. In fact, Cancun is well-know for its great medical tourism industry and many medical professionals speak English.
Transportation: BRAG operators use reputable transportation shuttles to ensure your safety during your stay. Representatives with official BRAG logos will meet you at the airport.
Natural Disasters: Cancun is located in a hurricane-prone region. Tropical storms and hurricanes are not active in January.
Cancun can be a safe destination for tourists if you take common-sense precautions. Like many places around the world, it has its share of safety considerations, but with awareness and vigilance, you can minimize risks and enjoy your visit to this beautiful Mexican city. It’s always a good idea to stay updated on current travel advisories and follow any safety recommendations provided by your government or travel agencies.
Other Considerations Cycling in Mexico
It is essential to consider your own preferences and circumstances when planning a winter cycling vacation. Here are some factors to keep in mind:
- Travel Logistics: International travel usually requires more planning than usual. BRAG takes out all the guess work. As soon as you touch-down in Cancun, all logistics are covered!
- Language and Culture: While exploring a new culture can be exciting, it’s essential to be aware of language barriers and cultural differences. While the BRAG Mexico trip includes several bilingual guides, learning some basic Spanish phrases can be helpful.
- Cycling Gear: Be sure to the appropriate gear for cycling in a warm and humid climate, including lightweight clothing, sunscreen, personal bike helmet, and water bottles. BRAG provides clean packaged water during all activities.