The capital of the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, evolved from a small village of Mayan pilgrims to a lively, cosmopolitan city with the highest urban growth in the country. Its natural features, beauty and long beaches, its enviable geographical location and its blend of sea and jungle make this destination on the Mexican Caribbean a magnet for both Mexicans and visitors from other parts of the world.
In this diverse city, activities and imagination go hand in hand: the coast lends itself to all kinds of water sports. There are diving facilities, sport fishing and jungle treks to nearby archaeological sites. The other famous destinations of the riviera, each with its own unique character and attractions, are Akumal, Tulum, Puerto Aventuras to name but a few.
Cozumel is an ideal Caribbean destination for all types of travelers. It is the largest inhabited island in Mexico, known as the plunging paradise for divers from all over the world. The island is located east of the Yucatan Peninsula on top of the age-old structures of the Mayan coral reef – the second largest in the world. The island’s lagoon is connected to the sea by narrow canals with underwater caves, bursting with multicolored tropical fish and unique inland reefs. The beaches in Cozumel are surrounded by dense tropical vegetation and unusual endemic species, and while these are also characteristic of the island, its greatest wealth is undoubtedly underwater.
Cancun is one of the most important tourist complexes in Mexico and the world. Its superb Caribbean location makes it the perfect place for everything from ecotourism, snorkeling, horseback riding and fishing, to golf, scuba diving, surfing and sailing. Extreme sports are also a major part of the excitement found in Cancun – the city boasts one of the highest bungee jumps in Mexico.
Cancun has fascinating Mayan remains, as well as a museum displaying pieces from this culture. It’s excellent overland and air links will whisk you to some of the most impressive places in the Mayan World in both Quintana Roo and neighbouring Yucatán.
Nightlife in Cancun’s hotel zone is extremely varied. You will find some of the largest discotheques in the world and restaurants with some of the world’s most famous chefs as well as fast-food outlets.
Located on the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, Los Cabos is one of Mexico's most breathtaking beach destinations. Stretching nearly 33 km, Los Cabos, which means the Capes, includes the picturesque 18th-century mission town of San Jose del Cabo to the northeast, Cabo San Lucas at the southernmost tip of the peninsula where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet.
Los Cabos offers first-rate tourist service, including top quality hotels and condominiums, superb golf courses, marinas and restaurants. Wonderful facilities are available for fishing, swimming and sailing. Playa Chileno is ideal for diving, while the area between Cabo San Lucas and Cabo Pulmo is perfect for surfing.
Located in Jalisco State, Puerto Vallarta is nestled on the Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags), the second largest bay on the American continent, and surrounded by the majestic Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains.
The city offers 40 km of golden beaches on the Mexican Pacific and is characterized by its impressive colonial and modern buildings, deluxe hotels, luxurious yachts and sailboats, shopping malls and golf courses. These attractions have made the city a favorite among vacationers and retirees, who now call the city home.
Jalisco is steeped in tradition, many of its cultural features have become synonymous with Mexicanness, such as mariachis, cowboys and tequila!
Huatulco was the center of an ambitious tourism development strategy in the late 1960s. Earlier considered quite remote, from where the old nickname "frontier" region originated, this area counts close to 2,500 lodging units.
Now with several world-class resorts, it offers activities for every taste and age, from family packages to renowned golf clubs and discotheques in Tangolunda Bay. One of the first ecotourism resorts saw day here.
It also provides sea or land tours so you can forget about the world in its isolated bays. Alternatively, you can go diving in coral reefs, water skiing or sailing, take a trip to the nearby coffee plantations in the sierra or sample the delicious local lobster.