Luxury Quintana Roo Holidays
- Mayan temples
- White sand beaches
- Mesoamerican coral reef
- Sparkling turquoise waters
Occupying the East Caribbean Coast of Mexico, Quintana Roo is a small slice of paradise where beaches, ancient ruins, lush jungles, and watery worlds all jostle for the limelight. The fact such a bounty of wonders is squeezed into this coastal corridor forms much of its allure and makes Quintana Roo the perfect location for a luxury holiday. The region has plenty to offer for everyone, from popular tourist destinations such as Cancún and Tulum, to quieter off the beaten track hidden gems like Isla Holbox or Bacalar, each boasting a unique and diverse experience. We love the Riviera Maya as its entire length is one long stretch of powdery sand, lapped by turquoise waters harbouring untouched kaleidoscopic reefs and lined with luxury resorts. It’s a collection of beaches that rival any across the country and one where groups of dolphins and whale sharks can be spotted a little further out to sea. Inland, a wealth of pyramidal ruins lurk among the wild undergrowth, a legacy of the ancient Maya civilisation that has left its mark on the Mexican landscape, and its collection of cenotes (natural sinkholes) make for dreamy cooling spots. Bliss!
Quintana Roo Highlights
This region features a treasure trove of exciting ancient monuments. The Mayan ruins dotted across the land are a testament to Quintana Roo’s rich ancient civilisation that previously thrived in the area. Here, the most iconic archaeological site is in Tulum, peacefully perched cliffside looking out over the Caribbean Sea displaying its prime coastal and strategic location for both defence and trade. Coba is also a great archaeological site to visit – sprawling with incredible panoramic views of the surrounding jungle, the site offers a glimpse into this ancient Mayan world.
If you wish to cool off somewhere unique away from the beach, then you’ll find plenty of answers here in the shape of cenotes – natural sinkholes formed millennia ago by collapsed limestone bedrock. They can be discovered by visitors as either delightful surprises during jungle treks or on dedicated day trips. Each cenote is as Instagram-worthy as the next, dreamy spots characterised by gin-clear waters.
Underwater riches to snorkel among aren’t far away in Quintana Roo; the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, second only in size to the Great Barrier Reef, lies just off its coast. Head to Cozumel for the huge orange corals of the Columbia Reef, while the beach town of Puerto Morelos is where the reef is closest to shore and snorkellers are only a short boat ride away from a marine kingdom filled with fire corals, stingrays, and barracudas. For a real bucket-list travel experience, though, Akumal is famed as a feeding ground for green sea turtles, who swim here to feast on the sea grass that grows in the shallows. Or head to Isla Holbox for that once in a lifetime experience of swimming with whale sharks!
No holiday to Mexico is complete without sampling its national drink. In the Riviera Maya, there’s plenty of ways to do so, with many hotels and restaurants hosting tequila tasting experiences. It’s the best way to learn more about the history of the agave-based drink, originally pioneered by the Aztecs, sampling several different varieties along the way.
The stunning UNESCO-protected tropical wilderness of Sian Ka'an Biosphere covers a third of Mexico’s Caribbean coast – it’s huge. It’s a wild mix of mangroves, forest and flooded savannahs pocked with Maya ruins that are ripe for exploring. Spy everything including pumas, ocelots, jaguars, and American crocodiles, as well as over 350 species of birds, including spoonbills and flamingos. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the handfuls of spider and howler monkeys that hide within its trees – it’s a true wildlife paradise.
Where to stay in Quintana Roo
Speak to one of our Mexico Specialists to find the perfect hotel for you.
The Best Time to Visit Quintana Roo
The dry season on the East Caribbean Coast of Mexico runs from December to April, while the rainy season is from May to November. Hence its name, the dry season is your best bet for uninterrupted sunshine, where the temperatures average around 27°C. Showers do still occur but they are very infrequent.
Towards the end of the dry season, around May, the humidity and temperature start to rise. Between July and September, the humidity can be fierce while temperatures can top 30°C. June to November is the official Caribbean hurricane season and while Quintana Roo dodges many of the hurricanes that Caribbean islands can often encounter, storms (though rarely destructive) are not uncommon. On the flip side, whale sharks and dolphins appear off the coast of the peninsula from mid-May to mid-September.
Quintana Roo Travel Essentials
Mexico has put a smoking ban in place from January 2023. The ban prohibits smoking in both open and closed public spaces. Most hotels, however, have a designated smoking area. Please speak to your Travel Consultant regarding the smoking policy at your hotel and any questions you might have.
Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio, and Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccinations are currently recommended. Mexico is regarded to have a risk of contracting the Zika virus. However, please consult your GP at least four to six weeks prior to travel for current advice.
The time difference is GMT -5 hours.
The flight time from London to Cancún is 10.5 hours.
The currency is the Mexican peso.
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Mexico.
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