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With a flair for the dramatic, Azucar's specialty is live Latin music you can't help but dance to. If you're looking to try salsa dancing for the first time or wow the crowd with your smooth moves, this is the place. You'll feel comfortable no...
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Carretera Federal & Cancún - Chetumal Km 230 307, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
While not as large as other ancient Mayan cities in the region, Tulum draws in visitors for its stunning setting of centuries-old temples perched on a cliff by the Caribbean Sea. You’ll pass a large market with souvenirs, a casual Mexican...
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Av. Rafael Melgar L. 8B, Centro, 77580 Puerto Morelos, Q.R., Mexico
Merkadito Del Mar is one of the most conveniently located seafood restaurants in all of Puerto Morelos. Well, in my humble opinion, anyways. You can walk right off the beach and up the steps into the restaurant, or walk through the open garage...
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Av. Nte. esquina Avenida Constituyentes lote 3 Manzana 53 No.5, Centro, 77710 Solidaridad, Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
You find yourself in Playa del Carmen, the place of night life, clubs, and most importantly, parties. As the locals say, "you come to Playa to party." But that's just the problem; you're not here to party. You're passing through because you've...
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Avenida Zetina Gazca Mz. 6 Lt. 18, Zetina Gazca, 77580 Puerto Morelos, Q.R., Mexico
The same sounds echoed in my eardrums whether the sun was setting or rising. Cars, barking dogs, children laughing, and the delicate sounds of tropical birds (that strangely look like your average joe crow) sounded off whether I was waking or...
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Quintana Roo, Mexico
Once the vacation home of the Italian Duchess Rosa de Ferrari, this exceptional estate was converted into a hotel in 2005. 2014 marked the arrival of a new owner and a new era for the property. Today, Hotel Esencia is an elegant...
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La Gloria, Isla Mujeres, Q.R., Mexico
If you're not a fan of huge resorts and big hotels, Isla Mujeres is the perfect getaway from Cancun. Just catch the ferry to the island located 13km to the northeast of Cancun. The ferry ride in itself is enjoyable, as you float over shallow reefs...
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México 307, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Secluded and service-oriented are the adjectives that best describe Rosewood Mayakoba, a resort in Playa del Carmen that opened in 2008. At 1,600 acres, the resort is expansive, offering plenty of room for guests to feel that they have their own...
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KM-269.5, Puerto Cancun, Carretera Chetumal, 77750 Puerto Aventuras, Q.R., Mexico
How do you photograph the sweet strains of piano and guitar that float around you or the sense of calm that envelopes you when you gaze across the still water of the pool and out to the sea? How do you put into words the...
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Quintana Roo 109, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
We decided to visit the Gran Cenote outside of Tulum and were expecting to swim with turtles and fish. While there were a few pet turtles and goldfish, the only real wildlife were bats that hang up in the cave openings. The Gran Cenote is more...
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Sm 11, Mza 5, Lote 5, 77580 Puerto Morelos, Q.R., Mexico
A night free of inhibitions, I went to this bar that was right in the water. The swings were the seats of choice at this bar.
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Boca de paila Km 5.5, 77766 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Rustic luxury is the vibe at Amansala, where all accommodations are cabana-style. How rustic? Well, lights go out at 11 each night, after which time candles provide illumination. Ocean breezes do the work that is relegated to air-conditioners at...
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Joaquín Zetina Gasca, Q.R., Mexico
Sweet, sugary, colorful, flaky, rich, eggy bread. It comes on a bicycle. If you sit on a street corner in any of the pueblos along Mexico's Mayan Riviera coast, it will pass by. All you need to do is wait. Of course the tamales bike will pass by...
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Carretera Puerto Juarez ~ Tulum Km. 104, 77776 Akumal, Q.R., Mexico
This pair of baby loggerhead turtles was less than 12 hours old when we saw and briefly held them. What was amazing was that no matter which direction we faced them, they instinctively knew to turn towards the ocean! There are seven species of sea...
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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Tulum has great beach bungalows all along the coast. There's nothing better than waking up on the sand and diving into the ocean every morning. We stayed at a place called Azucar. Get the standalone unit if you can, it's the nicest and most...
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While searching for a venue for a late lunch in Playa del Carmen, we stumbled upon a seafood restaurant situated in a big palapa (straw hut) near our hotel. The mixed ceviche was absolutely fresh and delicious, and came with octopus, crab, fish,...
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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Eco-chic yoga beach spa. Even if you do not practice yoga, the spa treatments are heavenly. You can rent a bike and take a short ride to the ruins down the road. You probably get a better deal if you book a yoga package thru one of the yoga groups...
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Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
The fragrance of mangoes drifts across the square and pulls me in. Big mangoes, little mangoes. Red, green and yellow mangoes. I follow my nose on my tiptoes like Bugs Bunny falling in love. The market in Puerto Aventuras is only open on...
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Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, home to a protected sea turtle hatching area, is the perfect place to visit for nature lovers. The turtle hatchery is dedicated to their conservation and ensures the population is sustained. The small place is typically crowd-free...
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México 307, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Tulum, Mexico, is a magical place that has never yet seemed to be to crowded or overrun. It is the smaller sister of Playa Del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula. The whole area is made of limestone and lowland jungle with amazing, crystal-clear...
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Av Chemuyil Mz 26 Smz 70 Lt 3 Quintana Roo, La Toscana, 77725 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
A dilapidated warehouse, cobalt blue on the outside, draws me in. It doesn't look promising, paint peeling and in need of repair, but I have learned never to judge a book by its cover here in Mexico. I walk from bright sunlight into cool shade,...
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Carr. Bocapaila km 7.5, Zona Hotelera Tulum, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
just need a long weekend with the smiling sun, a gorgeous beach, morning yoga and a book or 2? I would put this zen retreat on your list. I love Tulum and it is now quite the little hotspot with the jetsetter crowd. Go now before it gets turned...
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Av. Xcacel Lt 1, Plano 2, Mz 18, Puerto Aventuras, 77782 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Sail across the clear waters of the Caribbean in your own mini catamaran. On a calm day you can see the reef below where giant sea turtles and hammerhead sharks play. If speed is more your thing, rent a jet ski for an hour. Of course, you might...
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Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico
a wonderfully serene beach about 30min. south of Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula, where the water is so clear that you can swim to the coral reefs right off the beaches
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Carretera Cancún -Tulum Km 282, Puerto Juarez, Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
The Riviera Maya’s most beautifully styled adventure park begins with a reception area inside a natural cave. Tours here include Latin America’s highest zip lines over the tropical forest, amphibious vehicles you drive through caves...
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Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juárez Km 240, locales 1 & 2, módulo B, 77780 Q.R., Mexico
Xel-Há is one of the area's most popular attractions. The name identifies both the archaeological site and the ecotourism marine park and the site attracts hundreds of visitors from around the world, throughout the year. Ceremonial centers and...
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Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 14.5 Retorno del Rey Lote 38, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
This all-inclusive, adult only resort offers a truly exceptional experience. The staff is friendly, the service is excellent and the location is ideal for exploring Cancun. Honeymooners, couples and any vacationer in search of a chic, trendy...
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Downtown, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Nearly skimming the water, I feel we are about to land and forget we have wheels and not pontoons. We race along just above the clear, sea-glass blue. I can see the reef just beneath the surface and the rush of speed seems all the greater for the...
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From May to September, one of the most exciting activities throughout the area, is swimming with whale sharks. Measuring up to 40 ft. and weighing up to 15 tons, they are drawn to these waters to feed on plankton, providing an opportunity for...
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Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
This AAA 5-Diamond resort is tucked into a jungle-beach setting along the Riviera Maya. The 401 guest rooms (including 34 suites), intertwining with the lush forest and graceful lagoons provide the perfect vacation getaway. The beach at the...
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Blvd. Kukulcan Km 15.3, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Under the waters of Cancun's coast, hundreds of statues are on display. Part unique art display and part artificial reef habitat, it's an environmentally friendly addition to the beach city. The Cancun Underwater Museum is best enjoyed on a...
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Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
I'm standing in the crows nest on board the Melissa, a 38 ft Beltram fishing boat. A light rain washes the morning and a rainbow appears. From down below I hear the familiar, "Fish on!" and I long to run down and watch the battle between Mahi and...
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Ciricote 15, 23, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Mercado 23 is the local farmers market where you'll find organic produce, street food, and unique local products. The fruits and vegetables here are grown naturally, without GMOs, so while a bit smaller and imperfect they are the real deal. Like...
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Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Despite being considered a park tourist too, is worth a visit to see some of Mexico's exuberant nature and its colorful culture. The park has options diving, rest and good nutrition.
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Boulevard Kukulcan Km.12.5 Lt 18, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
A friend that we stayed with in Cancun recommended that we visit these Mayan ruins for a memorable cultural experience. Located on the service road behind the hotel zone, it's a hidden gem. The cost of admission is fairly inexpensive. I think we...
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Carretera Cancún-Tulum KM 51, Punta Maroma, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Just 25 minutes from Cancún's international airport is Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, surrounded by 200 acres of preserved jungle. Guests here still enjoy direct access to the Caribbean Sea and its powdery, white-sand beach, as well...
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Boulevard Kukulkan, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
For traditional Mexican handicrafts, Mercado Coral Negro is the easiest place to find all your wares. Here you can purchase jewelry, mayan relics, and unique creations from all over the region. The most beautiful items are the embroidered garments...
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Av Yaxchilán 51 Mz 23 Lt 51 Sm 22, Centro, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
After dark, locals and tourists alike gather on this avenue. Here, you’ll see a blend of affordable downtown hotels side by side dimly lit dive bars, but the street is mostly known for its colorful eateries serving authentic Mexican food:...
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Blvd Kukulcan Km 9.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
If you enjoy partying near the beach, Cancun won't disappoint you. A number of beachfront clubs have music (live or DJ) and dancing that spills out onto the sand into the wee hours. Some, such as Mandala Beach Club offer tables and bottle service...
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Blvd. Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
With ancient traditions and a rich history, Mayan society is a fascinating, integral part of Mexican culture and history. While immersed in the Museo Maya de Cancun you'll forget all about the resorts outside and instead be transported back onto...
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Boulevard Kukulcan KM 13 , LOCAL 410 y 411A, Benito Juárez, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Centrally located in the Hotel Zone, Kukulcan Plaza is an upmarket mall with about 300 internationally known brands, boutiques, and jewelry stores. For a break and a bite, you can stop at one of the delicious restaurants surrounding the mall's...
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A cenote is pretty much an underwater cave. The Mayas called them "dzonot," which the conquering Spaniards later translated as "cenote." Cenotes are magical, and were once the ONLY resource for fresh and sweet water in the local Yucatecan jungle....
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Boulevard Kukulcan km 12.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
If sitting on the beach is too boring or if you just need a shot of adrenaline, Cancun outfitters and resorts offer plenty of water sports lessons and equipment. There are the usual suspects: surfing, kiteboarding, and parasailing, as well as...
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Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Many folks who come in to Cancun get lost in the glitz and glamour of the resorts, and while nice, lack the true spirit of Cancun. The city itself still remains a wonderful hub of culture, full to the brim with tasty eats and drinks, and if you...
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Xel-ha M 2 13 SMZ 28, 28, 77501 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Mercado 28, or Mercado Veintiocho, is a huge flea market in downtown Cancún, where you'll encounter not only tasty tacos, but an assortment of tourist items mixed in alongside handmade goods of all shapes and sizes. Take a break from haggling with...
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Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juárez Km 240, locales 1 & 2, módulo B, 77780 Q.R., Mexico
While in Tulum you must go to a cute little boutique at the Coqui Coqui Hotel...it is a great little shop filled with cute clothes and while you are shopping you feel like you are on the beach as the floor is all sand. My favorite aspect of the...
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Carretera Federal Cancun-Chetumal Km.104, 77760 Akumal, Q.R., Mexico
My wife and I had just sat down to enjoy a meal with the cool sea breeze blowing in on the near deserted beaches of Akumal. Desertion courtesy of the Swine Flu outbreak that had struck Mexico and the US.
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Isla Contoy, Quintana Roo, Mexico
An easy day trip from Cancun, Isla Contoy is a small island nature reserve with beautiful beaches and more than 100 species of birds. Bird watching tours can be arranged through travel agencies and hotels, as the island is uninhabited, and...
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Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Wonderful catamarans that you can rent right off the beach.
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Sagitario, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Located near the Maya ruins of Tulum, Centro Ecologico Sian Ka'an (CESiaK) is a nature lover's paradise. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and established in 1986 as part of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program, it is the largest protected...
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Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mexico
This tiny island is north of Isla Mujeres and Cancun and is only 26 miles long and offers visitors in search of a "Robinson Crusoe" experience the perfect escape. Long, sweeping beaches beckon with water sports, snorkeling, sport fishing, and...
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Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Just when it seemed like the Riviera Maya Riviera had become nothing but a sea of all-inclusive beach resorts, you stumble upon the quaint little Mexican village of Puerto Morelos. There are almost no huge developments, no shopping outlets, and no...
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Carretera Tulum, Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
After our first sighting it just got better, and it was common to see several turtles at a time. We swam further, discovering another of the larger green turtles inhabiting the bay. We carefully positioned ourselves – watching, waiting patiently....
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Decima Avenida Esquina Con Avenida Juárez S/n, Centro, 77600 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
A short ferry-ride from Playa del Carmen, Isla Cozumel is a diver's paradise. And while diving and snorkeling might be the main attraction here, the island and its town San Miguel de Cozumel offer a lot of land- and sand-based activities for the...
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The Maya name for Laguna Bacalar means the Lake of Seven Colors, and spending a little time here will show you why it's such an apt moniker: from turquoise to cobalt blue to jade green and everything in between, the colors of this fresh-water lake...
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Xpu Ha, Q.R., Mexico
Pronounced “ish-pu-ha,” this ranks among the most beautiful beaches anywhere on the Riviera. With calm, very clear waters, it’s a popular spot for local families as well as travelers in search of a quiet afternoon. Despite the...
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Quintana Roo, Mexico
A stunning bay with little development, Soliman Bay is great if you want to get away from it all. Head to Chamico's for a delicious whole fried fish and a strech of sand all to yourself.
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Sian Ka'an, Q.R., Mexico
Head past Tulum on the beach road and stop when you find a deserted stretch of sand in the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve. There won't be anybody in sight and you'll have your own slice of paradise all to yourself.