The state of Quintana Roo, located in Southern Mexico, is a very attractive destination and perfect for tourists since it is home to wonderful places like Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel, just to name a few. In fact, the famous Riviera Maya includes from Puerto Morelos to the town of Felipe Carillo Puerto, which you will visit if you travel to Chetumal, and it is considered part of what is known as the Mayan world.
The places we have mentioned in Quintana Roo are world-famous for their paradisiacal landscapes, their wide variety of activities for the entire family, exquisite dining options, impeccable service, and the unparalleled beauty of their Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
We will recommend the gems you must discover during your next visit to the Mexican paradise:
Not many tourists are aware, but Cancun is a 14-mile-long island where the “hotel zone,” a concentration of hotels and resorts, is located. Two bridges connect this island that resembles the number 7 to the mainland: the Calinda, 2.5 miles from downtown, and the Nizuc, at the other end of the city towards the airport and the Riviera Maya.
The main city is located on the mainland and its beaches are really beautiful because of the turquoise colors of the sea. Plus, every night you will find a party in Cancun since the mix of different nationalities turns the Party Center into a space for large doses of multicultural entertainment for every type of budget.
It is a small fishing village located between Cancun International Airport and Playa del Carmen. It is the perfect place to relax and have delicious seafood at beautiful seaside restaurants.
During your visit, you can enter the Botanical Garden or snorkel but if you are looking for something more adventurous, you can follow the Ruta de los Cenotes, an area dotted with cenotes that extends for more than 22 miles towards Leona Vicario. The cenotes were sacred places for the Mayans, who believed they were the gateway to the underworld and different rituals were practiced there; the cenotes you can visit in this area are Boca del Puma, Verde Lucero, Chilam Balam, La Noria, KinHa, Siete Bocas, Las Mojarras and Cenote Zapote.
Playa del Carmen
It is one its visitors’ favorite destinations since it is an idyllic place located in the heart of the Riviera Maya that offers them beaches with fine white sand and a sea with bluish-green hues; it is a perfect paradise for resting all day.
But if you prefer action, there are water activities like windsurfing, jet skis, kayaking, and diving to see the impressive Mayan coral reef. Also, some of the greatest Mexican and international jazz musicians offer concerts there every year on certain dates.
To get to this public beach, you must be totally adventurous since you must go by car or taxi because it is a 25-minute walk from the federal highway to the beach. Plus, there are parts where you must go through vegetation and it isn’t exactly a paved road.
We promise you that your effort will be worth it. The beach is beautiful with crystal clear water and its waves, which are pretty calm for swimming, complement it. Our recommendation for visiting this place is to bring you own food and drinks from Playa del Carmen since there aren’t shops nearby and it is best to stay hydrated while you are there.
It is known around the world as turtle beach since if you take a tour, you can snorkel with these beautiful creatures. Here, the waves are so gentle that any of your family members can enjoy a good and one-of-a-kind experience.
It is open to the public and you can eat or have a drink at one of the restaurants on the shore of the beach to cool off for a bit. This beach is on the way to Tulum, so pay attention to the signs. If you are going on a tour, don’t worry about anything.
It is an area that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its incredible Mayan ruins, sitting on a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea. This is one of the best places in the area—and perhaps in the entire country—to take photos because Tulum is a world-famous archaeological site.
Below the cliffs of Tulum is Playa del Paraíso, considered one of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya because of its fine sand and water that is so crystal clear that you have no problem seeing your feet reflected on the bottom.
Trips are organized there to the famous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve which includes all types landscapes such as beaches, coral reefs, tropical jungle, dunes, and cenotes.
Known as the lagoon of the seven colors, Bacalar is one of the places you will like the most in Quintana Roo.
This small town has been considered a Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) for ten years. It was founded by the Mayans around 415 AD, who called it Sian Ka’an Bakhalal. For centuries, it and the Mayan people were attacked by pirates, who fought over control of the blackwood tree trade. These conflicts led to the fortification of the city and the Fort of San Felipe was built.
A spot that you mustn’t miss is the Cenote Azul, a circular body of water over 984 feet across and 295 feet deep. Other activities you can do around the area are snorkeling, diving, and catamaran, boat, and kayak trips. You can also visit Biomaya Park which has zip lines for flying over the jungle and lagoon.
This public beach, located on the edge of the neighborhood called Colosio, is very popular with locals from Playa del Carmen. Its connection with an open cenote with cold water makes it special; going for a swim there will help you cool off to deal with the heat.
Please remember to bring cash since there will be several vendors selling traditional Mexican snacks like pork rinds, sweets, bread and empanadas. Plus, everything is delicious.
This must-see enclave is one of the locals’ treasures since it has one of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya.
Practically a virgin beach, its fine sand and crystal clear water make this place the perfect paradise for sunbathing and enjoying life. Don’t miss your chance to discover this beautiful place.
This wonderful place is one of Quintana Roo’s best-kept secrets since it is a paradisiacal island located in the Caribbean Sea and is considered one of the destinations that everyone should visit at least once in their lives.
If you want to totally relax, you will find panoramic pools, hammocks, and lounge chairs at the beach. If what you are looking for is adventure and entertainment, this is the best place because the calm water and spectacular coral reefs off the western side are the perfect choices for snorkeling and diving, even for beginners.
This beautiful paradise is still a virgin beach as it is a nature reserve so the number of people who can access it is monitored and limited. The bay is a sanctuary for turtles since thousands of them lay eggs there every year. During your visit, they will probably ask you to only swim on one side of the bay.
There is also a cenote where you can cool off in its cool, crystal clear water and stay until 5 p.m.
Quintana Roo offers a wide variety of options to choose from for your vacation and remember that HELLO have four incredible lodging options: Catalonia Riviera Maya, Catalonia Privileged Maroma, Catalonia Royal Tulum y Catalonia Costa Mujeres.
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