The resort-filled city of Cancun and the nearby Riviera Maya, situated on the Caribbean in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, is widely known as a picture-perfect destination home to crystal clear turquoise waters, powdery white sand beaches and a relaxing atmosphere where you can get away from the stresses of everyday life. Whether you are a history buff, a beach aficionado, a foodie, an adventure seeker, or simply a fan of luxury, Cancun and Riviera Maya are a paradise for travelers. Just try to stay away from this magical location after reading this list of reasons to visit!
Rich in History
The Yucatan Peninsula is perfect for inquisitive travelers who enjoy learning about history and culture while on vacation. Once a bustling region for the ancient Mayan society, the peninsula contains wondrous archaeological sites filled with ruins which are popular places for day trips from Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Two of the most visited destinations are Chichen Itza, featuring towering monoliths, and Tulum, the only Mayan city built overlooking the ocean. Both offer a riveting chance to step back in time and experience the architecture of the primitive, yet sophisticated Mayan empire.
The breathtaking sight of shimmering sands contrasting with the unbelievably transparent turquoise sea will have you immediately reaching for a camera to capture the Instagram-worthy scenery in front of you. With over 20 miles of pristine coastline up the Yucatan peninsula, you may need a backup battery to keep up with all of the photo-snapping you’ll be doing! If you are in the mood to swim or people watch, check out Playa Tortugas and Playa Las Perlas. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the region for snorkeling and scuba diving in the reefs along the coast. However, if you’d rather get your adrenaline pumping, try riding the swells or windsurfing at Playa Chac Mool or nearby Cozumel Island for the most consistent breaks in the area.
If you have a craving for a specific food, chances are you will find something that will not only fit the bill, but wow your taste buds in the process while in Cancun and Riviera Maya. This world-class destination has drawn some of the finest chefs from around the globe, poised to amaze you with their specialties. In addition to an abundance of fine dining options, there are plenty of casual local gems to experience as well.
While much of the U.S. and Canada suffer through miserable winter conditions (hello, Polar Vortex!), the splendid beaches in tropical Cancun only get better for sunbathing during the high season winter months. However, even when low season arrives in April, the sunny weather boasts average temperatures of at least 75 and ocean temps in the 80s.
As one of the most traveled and developed areas in Mexico, the staggering selection of exceptional hotels and resorts in Cancun and Riviera Maya is one of the most impressive in the world. Whether you are drawn to 5-star properties, all-inclusive resorts or charming boutique hotels, Cancun has an array of splendid lodging choices to please everyone. Villa del Palmar Cancun should be your first stop, of course!
Our Master Suite One Bedroom is ideal for families looking for spacious accommodation with elegant décor. The suite is 107 m2 (1152 sq. ft.) and features one king size bed and a wide living room with a Murphy bed, where kids can rest comfortably. This category includes two bathrooms and a fully-equipped kitchen with a fridge, stove, microwave, granite countertop and a Nespresso®coffee maker. The main bedroom features a terrace overlooking the ocean with a private Jacuzzi perfect for romance with your partner once the kids are asleep.