These days, no destination in the Caribbean region of North America is hotter than the Mayan Riviera, which is the portion of the Yucatan Peninsula that borders the Caribbean Sea. Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, the two centres that have attracted the vast majority of investment over the past two decades, have predictably drawn in the majority of tourist visits.
What this means of course, is that these two cities are hubs of activity, which is fine if you’re looking to have a vacation spent interacting with new people and enjoying the parties for which this region is famous, but it is less than ideal if rest, relaxation, and quiet are your top priorities. Being such an expansive region though, there are alternatives where the bass doesn’t thump 24/7, and the only disruption is from your server asking if you’d like a refill of your mojito (don’t mind if I do!).
The following destinations based around this credo, where recharging your batteries instead of running yourself into the ground with raging parties in the main focus…
1) Isla Mujeres
Located a mere eight kilometres away from Cancun, yet a world away in its core mission, Isla Mujeres is the antidote to the madness of its nearby cousin. Free from the masses back on the mainland, your snorkeling adventures here will be less crowded, and much better, given the rock structures offshore.
Casa de la Suenos will prove to be an excellent choice of hotel with its responsive Temperpedic mattresses, and its resident kitties will charm those that have a love for felines.
Situated on the road between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, Akumal offers a genuine Mexican town atmosphere that will appeal to those jaded by the crass commercialism on display in the major tourists located further north. Akumal means “place of the turtles” in Mayan, offering a prime opportunity to swim with these gentle shelled giants during a snorkeling session. Also, there are cenotes within easy reach, allowing you explore these crystal clear waters that will make you gasp in amazement.
Luxury Bahia Principe is an exemplary choice in this town, with an adults only policy and divine on-resort food adding to the peaceful and enjoyable atmosphere of the place.
3) Puerto Morelos
If you really want to experience the Mayan countryside, then spending time in Puerto Morelos will fulfill this goal. With the surrounding coast and jungle protected as a national park, there are many authentic natural attractions that will take up your time here. Biking, kayaking from mangrove forests, or diving alongside pristine reefs are all excellent choices for activities here, while your nights will be well spent at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, which despite its name, it not located in the boisterous party town.
This grouping of luxury accommodations are ideal for those looking for a more condo-like experience, as it comes with a kitchenette for those looking for fix themselves a fine meal on their own, yet the touches evoke a luxury resort, as fresh fruit, fine sheets, and a gorgeous pool will have you enjoying your time on the premises.