Beach siestas, ancient ruins, Caribbean water play and endless margaritas could keep you occupied forever, but you’d miss out on an important piece of history in this authentic colonial city.

Valladolid offers a true glimpse into Yucatán life

Dubbed Sultaness of the East, it offers a true glimpse into Yucatán life with locals still dressed in traditional garb such as embroidered white peasant dresses. Park your rental, stroll the bustling zocalo, Calzada de los Frailes and the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, and explore the colorful façades and beautiful colonial-style architecture. An absolute must is a stop at the luxe Coqui Coqui perfumery. Our favorite bottle: dry rose. All your Vogue-reading, jet-setting friends will envy you. It can only be purchased in Mexico.

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