This classic and cool eco-chic home sits beachside in Tulum and derives its name from the enormous palapa attached to it that serves as a giant lounge complete with a full kitchen and large dining table. Featuring 5 bedrooms, this villa is a great choice for large families or groups of friends traveling together. Minimalist in its design, there are floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, inviting the natural light to pour in. The ocean side of the villa features a large pool that connects the main house and the palapa and also features a staircase that takes you directly to the beach.
This European-influenced seaside town is where you want to go for shopping, dining and nightlife in the area. Peruse the shops, cafés and boutiques that line ‘Fifth Avenue’ or dance the night away at one of the many clubs.
An amazing experience as you snorkel along the Mesoamerican coral reef (the 2nd largest in the world), watch schools of more than 50 different species of fish swim by, see rays float beside you, and, if you’re lucky, swim alongside the sea turtles.
For archaeology buffs, a trip here is a must. This was one of the Maya’s largest cities and the famed Kukulkan Pyramid is one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Visit during March or Sept. to take part in the Spring & Autumn Equinox Festivals.
A 45-min ferry ride from Playa del Carmen, this little island packs a big punch. Take a day and visit Stingray Beach, Chankanaab National Park, the ruins of El Cedral and San Gervasio, and the shops, restaurants and bars in the town of San Miguel.
Head here to get a close-up look at the thousands of species of flora and fauna indigenous to the region. An area of astounding natural beauty, this UNESCO site is located in Tulum in the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean.
This 4-day event occurs in April and features top chefs and sommeliers. Those who appreciate fine food and wine will have a chance to meet renowned chefs and sample their creations at various events, including a celebrity catamaran cruise.
Located in a natural inlet, this is a giant open-air aquarium that you are invited to jump in and experience close up. Great snorkeling, a lazy river, an underwater Sea Trek, and more. There’s also zip lining when you need to dry off.
Exciting, fun-filled and family-friendly, this adventure park offers diving and snorkeling for all ages and experience levels as you explore the fascinating world of cenotes - underground caverns and waterways considered sacred to the Maya.
This eco-park is home to 40 attractions ranging from cultural celebrations to aquatic adventures. A great day trip, no matter one’s age, you can go on a snorkeling tour, take part in a traditional Mayan ball game, explore underground rivers and more.
This is a hands-on experience the kids won’t soon forget! Get up close and interact with jungle animals and reptiles. Local guides will provide information and opportunity for visitors to hold snakes, pet crocodiles and chat with birds.
This archeological site is one of the only ancient Maya ruins to overlook the ocean. Take a guided tour and discover the fascinating history of both the site and the culture, and then wander the cliff-side walkways or head down to the beach.