Time & Place has added three luxurious destinations on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This stretch of Caribbean coastline from Puerto Morelos to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve was once home to small fishing villages and is now a luxurious travel destination. The Riviera May has thriving nightlife, relaxing spa retreats, and stunning beaches.
Situated just off the coast of Cancun, Isla Mujeres offers visitors a charming alternative to the party across the bay, and is as perfect for a weeklong visit as it is for a few days of respite in the middle of your big Cancun trip. Whatever experience you choose, our luxurious vacation villas will put you right where you want to be.
Hop on a golf cart (the preferred method of transportation on the island) and make your way along stunning turquoise beaches. The clear waters make it an ideal snorkeling destination. If you want to stay dry while observing marine life, be sure to make a trip to the island’s turtle farm. Then treat yourself to some freshly caught seafood or Mexican specialties at one of the many wonderful restaurants located on the island.
Cancun is at no loss when it comes to providing guests with excitement, but offers quiet retreats as well. While the crystalline white beaches and the hotels and resorts that line them offer upscale dining, drinks and revelry, the city of Cancun offers a more authentic, less catered experience, with amazing street vendors who sell food and local wares.
Cancun is also a place for adventure and puts you in close proximity to excellent scuba diving and snorkeling in the Mesoamerican reef, the second largest barrier reef system in the world. You’re also a day trip away from the lost Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. But if all you want to do is dance the night away in one of Cancun’s many nightclubs, we aren’t going to judge! No matter what you choose to do on your trip to Cancun, you’ll never need to figure out the next step. Our concierges are always ready to provide you with an expert recommendation.
Once a modest fishing village, Playa del Carmen now boasts a more modern, European sensibility. This is evident from a walk down Quinta Avenida, a three-mile stretch of pedestrian walkway lined with fabulous restaurants and shops. Here, you’ll find several beachside bars and cafes that are perfect for viewing the sunset, or people watching, with a margarita in hand.
If you need a break from modernity, be sure to take a day trip inland to one of the nearby Mayan ruins of the Yucatan. And a trip to Playa wouldn’t be complete without exploring some of the underwater sights. With many opportunities for snorkeling and diving, you can get up close and personal with an abundance of aquatic life. If you think you’ve done it all, our expert concierges can advise you on your next step, like where to go for the perfect roadside shrimp taco.
Ready to look at some vacation rentals? Check out these luxury villas in the Riviera Maya!