Framed by breathtaking beaches along the Caribbean coast and forest reserves through its interior, Quintana Roo is one of Mexico’s most exciting getaway destinations. Indulge at the waterfront resorts of Cancún, relax beneath the tropical sunshine on the offshore islands, explore ecological theme parks and join the revelers in the bars and clubs after nightfall.
The state was populated mostly by small farming and fishing villages until the late 20th century, when it began to grow into the internationally renowned getaway that it is today. Have a tailored vacation experience in Cancún’s luxury resort area and enjoy a playground of 14 miles (23 kilometers) of white-sand beaches.
Playa del Carmen is an eclectic resort town and the heart of the Riviera Maya. Wander along the town’s pedestrianized promenade, which is lined with bars, clubs, restaurants and shopping destinations. Chetumal is the state’s bustling capital city, while Bacalar offers a slower pace with historic architecture and a multi-hued lagoon.
Ride a ferry or charter a yacht to Cozumel or Isla Mujeres to experience island life on the Mexican Caribbean. Isla Mujeres, a laid-back resort island, is said to have been a sanctuary for the Mayan goddess Ixchel.
Embark on sightseeing cruises or scuba-diving charters. Swim through coral reefs brimming with marine life or dive into the mysterious depths of a cenote, the cavernous sinkholes found across the Yucatán Peninsula. Venture into the jungle on foot or with a Jeep safari from Tulum or Coba to see spectacular Mayan ruins. Check out Xel Ha and Xcaret to find ecological theme parks with nature trails, secret rivers, wildlife tours and demonstrations of Mayan culture.
Quintana Roo is a coastal state stretching along the northeast of the Yucatán Peninsula in southeastern Mexico. Reach the area via major airports in Cancún and Cozumel or via road from Yucatán. The state has a comprehensive bus network and taxis are also readily available in most areas. Stay in upscale resort areas or discover hidden getaways just a few hours’ drive from the major urban centers. Visit in spring for Carnaval celebrations or in November for the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival.