Quintana Roo

Mexico
Cancun showing a beach, tropical scenes and landscape views

Experience the ancient wonder of Mayan ruins and hop between islands and idyllic beaches off the Caribbean coast on Mexico’s eastern edge.

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.

Popular cities in Quintana Roo

Cozumel which includes tropical scenes
Cozumel
Known for Beach View, Snorkelling and Sea
Hop over to the Caribbean island of Cozumel with its dolphins, impressive reef system, fun beach bars, Mexican culture and Mayan ruins.

Reasons to visit

  • Paradise Beach
  • Chankanaab National Park
  • Palancar Beach
Tulum Mayan Ruins showing a ruin and rocky coastline
Tulum
Known for Beach View, Relaxing and Sea
Explore Mayan ruins, dive in natural sinkholes and relax on picturesque beaches in this enchanting Riviera Maya town.

Reasons to visit

  • Tulum Beach
  • Tulum Mayan Ruins
  • Playa Paraiso
Norte Beach showing a sandy beach, tropical scenes and general coastal views
Isla Mujeres
Known for Beach View, Islands and Sea
This small, peaceful island is packed with some of Mexico’s most pristine beaches and jungle, and is home to one of Cancun’s more traditional communities. 

Reasons to visit

  • Norte Beach
  • Dolphin Discovery
  • Garrafon Natural Reef Park
Puerto Morelos which includes a coastal town, tropical scenes and boating
Puerto Morelos
Known for Beach View, Relaxing and Romantic
A sleepy Caribbean village that delights with its unspoiled natural beauty, an extensive coral reef system and a dense mangrove jungle.

Reasons to visit

  • Ojo de Agua Beach
  • Crococun Zoo
Cancun showing a beach, tropical scenes and landscape views
Cancun
Known for Dining, Beach View and Sea
Explore ancient Mayan pyramids, the world's second-longest coral reef, endless beaches and even longer nights in this party-friendly city on the Yucatan peninsula.

Reasons to visit

  • Cancun Interactive Aquarium
Playa del Carmen which includes a beach, landscape views and tropical scenes
Playa del Carmen
Known for Beach View, Excursions and Sea
Sun, sea, sand and Mayan ruins make this former fishing village a popular resort town on Mexico’s Caribbean coastline.

Reasons to visit

  • Xcaret Eco Theme Park