Cancún & Riviera Maya


From Andrew Harper

The Riviera Maya extends for 75 miles south of Cancún to Tulum. In recent years, the area has seen frenetic development, with theme parks and gigantic all-inclusive operations, as well as the upscale Mayakoba complex. Of course, the Yucatán is more than just a beach. Try to set aside a day to see some of the renowned Mayan ruins such as those at Chichen Itza or Uxmal. Tulum encompasses several notable palaces and temples, and crowns a dramatic bluff above the Caribbean. A half-hour farther inland is the jungle-cloaked wonder of Cobá.


All recommended hotels in Cancún & Riviera Maya

Quintana Roo, Mexico
Maroma Resort & Spa by Orient-Express
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Seaside sanctuary on a 200-acre jungle estate fronting a long white-sand beach, 45 minutes south of Cancún.

Rosewood Mayakoba
Rosewood Mayakoba

Striking resort in extraordinary 1,600-acre jungle and beach development featuring a remarkable maze of canals, lagoons and pools, 50 minutes south of Cancún.

Quintana Roo
Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya
Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya

Stylish resort with 90 all-suite accommodations tucked into low-rise buildings on a tranquil 14-acre beachfront site, 20 minutes south of Cancún.