Overview - Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum
Mexico is a great country that I look forward to traveling to again. In the Riviera Maya area of Mexico you will find dense jungles, white sand beaches, and beautiful cenotes. Abundant wildlife everywhere you look including many tropical fish, coral reefs, colorful birds, and monkeys in the trees. Be sure to check out our comparison of Cancun Vs Cabo Vs Puerto Vallarta!
When to Go - The Caribbean side of Mexico does get hit with occasional hurricanes and tropical storms. We recommend visiting sometime between December-May as there is less chance for a complete rainout.
Where to Stay - Hotels in the Riviera Maya are surprisingly affordable. There are many all-inclusive resorts dotting the coastline and you can get into a really nice one for around $250/night. There are also many affordable vacation rental condos in area as well.
Getting Around - Mexico has very cheap public transport. Taking a taxi or public bus will only set you back a few pesos. However you may want to rent a car if you are wanting more freedom to explore as there is a lot in the area to do.
Cost - Compared to the USA, Mexico is significantly cheaper. Margaritas are under $5 and most meals are under $10 each.
Thing to Do
Go snorkeling or diving - Right off the coastline of the Riviera Maya is the second largest barrier reef in the world. Excellent drift diving, incredible visability, and healthy reef to explore. In many places you can find great snorkeling from the shore.
Go zip-lining - Nothing beats zipping through jungle, coasting over the tree tops.
Drive an ATV - Yes, you can drive a 4 wheeler through the junlge too!
Explore Cenotes - Beautiful caves and sinkholes filled with crystal clear water dot the Riviera Maya. Check out photo above. Do not miss out on seeing at least a few of these!
Explore ancient ruins - There are some incredible Mayan temples and ruins that cover the region. Many of these are located in Tulum, which is only an hour drive from Playa del Carmen.
Be a beach bum - Nothing beats white sand, clear water, palm trees, and a margarita in hand!