México Sur! Boca del Cielo
**Southern Mexico Series
I am in love with Southern Mexico! Most people think only of the Riviera Maya (Cozumel – Cancun – Playa del Carmen – Tulum) when they think Southern Mexico – indeed, a great place to spark a love affair with this region, but there is so much more! Permit me to take you on a speed tour through Southern Mexico, to some of the places that have captured my heart!
Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas may be known for many things….but the beaches aren’t one of them! But I’d say it depends on what you are after. Are there more beautiful beaches in Mexico? Obviously! But if what you are after is a bit of sunshine and to hear the waves crashing in a pretty chill place, inexpensive and with some seafood and cold beers, – well then Chiapas does have a few options.
Winter in San Cristobal can be a bit chilly. It’s a damp chill that sometimes is just hard to shake from the bones. With no indoor heating a few weeks go by and all you want is to be warm. With that in mind, the nearest beach is a 3.5 hour drive straight down the mountain to the Pacific. Over the holidays we made the drive and chose to spend about 36 hours warming up in Boca del Cielo.
We didn’t really have high expectations given what everyone always says about the beaches in Chiapas – and were all the more thrilled to have a perfectly enjoyable day and night of beachtime.
Boca del Cielo is located on a narrow strip of land between a fresh water lake and the wild ocean, which is handy as you can swim peacefully on the lake side and walk the beach on the other side. It’s generally a pretty rough ocean, we were told, which explained why there weren’t any swimmers….but you can dip your toes in the water, which is about all I ever do anyway.
Despite being the day after Christmas, it was not at all crowded and even paying the “high season” rates for the rustic cabins we choose, it was very affordable. There were hammocks and shrimp was had for lunch, dinner and again the following morning and well, we weren’t really asking for more.
A few pics: