Mérida, Mexico (8/13)

To have the best experience in Mexico, skip the cruise ship ports and head to Mérida on the Yucatan peninsula. Home to the Mayans, then colonialized by the Spanish, Mérida is one of the oldest continually occupied cities in the Americas. History, art, archeology, and nature all combine for a place to entertain every member of your travel party. Be sure to visit one of the cenotes (freshwater sinkholes) in the area for a unique way to cool down, maybe after visiting the Reserva de la Biósfera Ría Celestún wildlife reserve or Mayan ruins like Chichen Itza.