Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico is perhaps best known for its popular holiday resort destination Cancun.
For us poor souls in rainy Ireland (only joking… kinda!), the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters will have you longing for a Mexican holiday before long.
We’ve visited the Riviera Maya in Mexico twice now, and will no doubt return again before long. I highly recommend you go all-inclusive to experience a week or two of true bliss! Not having to carry your wallet around and working out your spending at all is a wonderful luxury!
The Quintana Roo area of Mexico is the perfect sun-destination for holiday seekers from around the world. With (often cheap) flights to Cancun from most main centers, it is an easily accessible tropical destination.
And, with a vast array of stunning luxury (but still affordable!) hotels all along the Riviera Maya coast, from Cancun to Puerto Morelos, and down to Playa del Carmen and Tulum, this is a beach lover’s paradise!
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How To Get To Quintana Roo, Mexico
Depending on where you are coming from, Cancun is reasonably easy to get to.
For many, it will be a direct flight! I always use Skyscanner to check for the cheapest flight options.
Once you arrive, it is a short drive from Cancun airport to your hotel on the Riviera Maya. I prefer using Hoppa for my transfers! It’s easy to book and you can select private or shared transfers, depending on your budget!
Where To Stay On The Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo
While there is lots to see throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, my bet is that you wouldn’t be coming to this part of Mexico if you weren’t looking for an amazing hotel with a beautiful beach. So, I am going to stick to what I know – the Riviera Maya.
There are both family-friendly and adults-only hotels to best suit your needs. Often, the family-friendly ones will have a “Privilege” area for an extra touch of luxury and a quieter space to relax away from the crowds (charges are likely to apply)
I can personally recommend Now Resorts & Spas in Puerto Morelos. This is definitely a quieter spot than Cancun if you prefer to be away from the crowds.
Now Sapphire was our first experience of All-Inclusive in Mexico and boy, did it deliver! It’s located right on the beach but also has 4 (!!) swimming pools, and of course plenty of food and drinks choices in the seven restaurants, cafe, five bars and lounges, and 24 hour room service!
Pro Tip: Book a Preferred Club room for even more luxury, including a dedicated lounge as well as a Preferred Club adults-only pool
Try: Moon Palace
If a bit of action is more your scene, the Palace resorts in Cancun might be more to your taste. Only children 17 and older are allowed, so this is definitely more an adults-only resort.
With 15 restaurants, 12 bars and 2 lagoon-style outdoor pools, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Moon Palace. And, as if that wasn’t enough, there is a double whirlpool tub in every room!
Best Of the Yucatan Peninsula
While the beaches and the sunshine are a big draw for visiting the Riviera Maya, there is so much more to do throughout the Yucatan Peninsula!
Visit Chichen Itza
There are many beautiful Mayan pyramids around the Yucatan Peninsula, and if you’re staying along the Riviera Maya, you won’t have to go too far to visit these spectacular ancient structures.
Of all the Mayan sites, Chichen Itza is probably the best-known, primarily for the El Castillo pyramid. Not only is it a UNESCO world heritage site, but it is also one of the new seven wonders of the world.
In any case, Chichen Itza should absolutely make it onto your to-visit list if you are headed to the Yucatan Peninsula. The easiest way to visit Chichen Itza is on a tour, which you could either book in advance online, or via your hotel.
These archaeological Maya ruins are simply breathtaking! And although popular, the sheer size of the site means it never really feels too crowded.
Make sure you allow plenty of time to wander around the grounds, as there is a lot more to Chichen Itza than the El Castillo pyramid alone.
Swimming In Cenotes
These underground fresh-water caves are a spectacular sight to behold! There are plenty of them around the Yucatan Peninsula so take your pick.
These natural swimming holes are filled with the clearest water you’ve ever seen from underground rivers, and are formed when the ceiling of a cave collapses under water.
When you need a bit of a break from the direct heat of lying on the beach, Cenotes are the perfect way to cool off on Mexico’s many hot days. And, if you’re a PADI diver, you can even explore some of these underwater caves in more detail!
If you’re looking for a bit of culture and a day away from the picture perfect beach at your hotel, why not take a day trip to the colonial city of Valladolid?
It has a real Spanish feel, with a lovely central plaza where you can buy handmade crafts from local street vendors.
Definitely make sure you sample some of the delicious Yucatan food like Cochinita (slow-roast pork) while you’re here!
Now, this one might seem obvious, but do make sure you give yourself plenty of time to just relax and enjoy all the facilities at your hotel!
No matter which hotel you choose in the Quintana Roo area, you’ll have your pick of places to lounge – either by the side of one of the numerous pools or along the beautiful white sand beach.
And So Much More…
There are endless activities to keep you occupied during your holiday to Riviera Maya in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Enjoy diving or snorkelling in the pristine turquoise waters. Take a boat over to Isla Mujeres and cruise around on a golf cart. Go shopping or partying in Cancun, or try your luck at one of the spectacular casinos there! Visit incredible sites like Las Coloradas pink lakes or go and see the Flamingoes in Celestun.
Your hotel will be able to help you with recommending tours and even book them for you a the concierge desk. Having said that, each hotel offers such a range of fun activities that you might not even want to leave at all!
So, what are you waiting for? Get booking! Mexico is waiting!