On Mexico’s Hot “Riviera Maya,” Dial It Down a Notch in Tulum

November 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Mexico, value in travel | Leave a comment
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by Tripatini staff

Running from Cancun some 240 miles down to the Guatemala border, the stretch of coast branded as the “Riviera Maya” has become known for the bopping town of Playa del Carmen, along with a string of big and increasingly upscale resorts north and south of town. All well and good. It’s just that part of the charm of this area for us had always been getting away a bit more from the glitz and development of Cancun. For that, nowadays it helps to head farther south a couple of hours south to Tulum, which you might recognize as the name of the picturesque Maya ruins by the sea but which is also home to Tulum Playa, with a stretch of small beach hotels like the Hotel Zamas, starting at just $100 a night.  Here you’ll find a more laid-back and less pricey beach experience still within easy reach of both Playa and Cancun, along with some spectacular eco-adventures (cenote diving!) and Maya ruins (not just Tulum next door, but Cobá, a half hour inland, and of course the famous likes of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal, doable as overnighters or long day trips). More info: RivieraMaya.com.

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