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Highlights of the Riviera Maya

Mexico’s Riviera Maya has become famous for its collection of beach towns—Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum, and Punta Allen among them—that not so long ago would have been called “sleepy.” Today, they are increasingly popular points along a north-to-south Riviera Maya trajectory, offering an appealing combination of all-inclusive resort and boutique hotel accommodations, along with archaeological sites, a biosphere reserve teeming with flora and fauna, and gorgeous beaches. Dive in.
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Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Wonderful catamarans that you can rent right off the beach.
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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
You've likely seen the main attraction of Tulum in a travel ad, a postcard, or a friend's Instagram feed, but there's still nothing like witnessing first hand the only Maya site that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Standing before the 13th-century...
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Xpu Ha, Q.R., Mexico
Pronounced “ish-pu-ha,” this ranks among the most beautiful beaches anywhere on the Riviera Maya. With calm, very clear waters, it’s a popular spot for local families as well as travelers in search of a quiet afternoon. Despite...