Nestled along the famous Yucatán Peninsula, bordering the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the north, Quintana Roo is a #TrueBeachLover’s paradise. Maybe you’ve heard the name, maybe you haven’t. But we’re sure one or more of its cities are on your bucket list, if you haven’t already traveled there. That’s right, all of our fav go-to Mexico destinations–Cancun, Cozumel and Riviera Maya–all help make up the exuberant Mexican state of Quintana Roo, a.k.a the Mexican Caribbean.
As Mexico’s easternmost state, bordered by the two bodies of water, Quintana Roo offers some of the most incredible underwater adventures and diverse marine life. Cancun, Cozumel and Riviera Maya are three of our favorite gems that Quintana Roo has to offer with some of the most exciting adventures, lively entertainment, delicious Mexican cuisine and so much more!
Cancun: The ultimate beach party scene
Home to some of the best beach party scenes, including last year’s Noble Beach Prize winner Grand Oasis for “Best Beach-o-tainment,” Cancun is a total dream! From nonstop happy hours and endless margaritas to foam parties and beach bars, its no secret that Cancun’s famous Hotel Zone is popular among spring breakers. The Surfin’ Burrito, Chuchito Perez and Blue Gecko are some tourist and local favorite beach bars you have to check out!
However, if partying isn’t your thing, its central location still gives you access to plenty of other daytime adventures like the ancient Mayan ruins, and more family-friendly areas and resorts, including the stunning Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa.
Cozumel: Where all of your underwater dreams come true
The small, popular island of Cozumel, just 12 miles off the coast of the mainland, is the perfect destination for avid snorkelers and divers. Don’t let its size fool you, though, because there’s an endless amount of marine life to explore off its pristine shores. Columbia Reef, El Cielo and The Money Bar Beach Club are some of the most popular snorkel spots around the island.
For some awesome on land adventures, you won’t want to miss Faro Celerain Eco Park, Chankanaab National Park and the San Gervasio Ruins!
Riviera Maya: An adventure-enthusiast’s paradise and foodie heaven
From natural gems such as freshwater cenotes, lush jungles and underwater caves, Riviera Maya is every nature-lover’s playground! Outside of the energetic party scene, Riviera Maya offers unique experiences while getting to know Mexico’s history, culture and authentic adventure. Check out why this is one of our favorite destinations for escaping the cold weather during the winter!
For all of our foodies out there, check out some of these spectacular and unique dining options that Riviera Maya has to offer!
Now that everyone’s caught up to speed on how awesome Quintana Roo truly is, are you ready to start packing your bags for the trip of a lifetime? Whether you’re ready to jet off to Cancun, Cozumel or Riviera Maya, we promise you won’t be disappointed!