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Mexican Caribbean – What’s Your Travel Style?

December 10, 2018
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The Best of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

The coastline of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is a place of white sand beaches, lush green vegetation, turquoise waters, and placid lagoons. Quaint colonial towns and ancient Mayan ruins dot the jungled landscape, and along the vast stretches of beach, the shoreline brims with activities for families, couples, and solo travelers.

Hard Rock Hotels on the Yucatan Peninsula

Cancun and the Playa del Carmen region in the Riviera Maya—both located in the state of Quintana Roo—welcome more visitors than anywhere else on the peninsula, and each destination offers an eclectic variety of cultural and recreational experiences.

So, if you’re planning a trip to the Mexican Caribbean, your first step is to discover which stretch of shoreline offers the tropical vacation that is right for you.



Just south of night-life loving Cancun is the Riviera Maya. At its heart lies the vibrant Playa del Carmen, but the region is also home to famed archaeological sites, secret caves, underground rivers, and a treasure trove of other hidden gems.

Riviera Maya is recommended for:

  • Nature Enthusiasts
    • Swim, snorkel, and explore the underground of the Yucatan Peninsula
    • Nestled into the surrounding jungles are thousands of cenotes—underground caves filled with natural, crystal-clear water.
    • In Playa del Carmen, a series of cenotes known as Rio Secreto, is connected by a subterranean river.
    • Among the most famous cenotes in the region is Gran Cenote, located just outside Tulum.
  • Adventure Travelers
    • Chichén Itzá, one of the most notable and well-preserved historical sites on the Yucatan, features The Temple of Kukulcan. Also known as El Castillo, the 1,000-year-old Temple of Kukulcan is a 75-foot pyramid built at the center of the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá.
      ***Fun Fact: Researchers recently discovered that the structure was deliberately built on top of massive water-filled cavern, or cenote.
    • Another must-see site is the ancient Walled City of Tulum. Perched on a cliff overlooking the beach, the settlement features multiple, well-preserved structures, including The Castillo, which stands forefront on the bluff.
  • Family Getaways
    • Less crowded than Cancun, Puerto Aventuras near Playa del Carmen offers the ideal family-friendly escape.
    • Indulge in 5-star accommodations, enjoy world-class dining, pamper yourself with Rock Spa Treatments, and much more.
    • Find out what’s included with Limitless All-Inclusive at Hard Rock Riviera Maya
  • Off-the-Grid Experiences
    • Discover idyllic parks, secluded beaches, and other secret spots just outside Playa del Carmen’s main tourist hub.
    • The charming Xpu-Há near Puerto Aventuras is a fabulous daytrip destination. This remote beach has a beautiful, balmy setting and a gorgeous, sweeping bay.
    • If you’re planning a romantic getaway, Heaven at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers the ultimate, adult-only resort experience.


Known for its dazzling white beaches and emerald-blue waters, Cancun has long been the ultimate destination for a warm-weather escape. These legendary, sun-drenched shores love a good beachside fiesta, but there are plenty of family-friendly activities, too. The crystal-clear waters teem with vibrant corals and other marine life, and Cancun often ranks among the world’s top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Cancun is recommended for:

  • Scuba and Snorkeling enthusiasts
    • The warm, clear waters of Cancun are home to more than 500 types of fish and a dizzying array of colorful reef formations, offering incredible snorkeling and diving adventures.
    • One of the world’s largest underwater attractions, The Cancun Underwater Museum, is in the Cancun-Punta Nizuc-region.
    • This subterranean exhibit features over 500 life-sized sculptures made from materials that promote coral life.
  • Thrill-Seekers
    • From ziplining in the jungle to speed boat racing on the Caribbean, Cancun is chock-full of activities for adrenaline junkies.
    • Hop on a two-seater speed boat for a Jungle Tour at Nichupte Lagoon.
    • Bordered by mangroves, the winding channels of the Nichupte Lagoon system spans 7,000 acres. Its calm waters are perfect for activities like jet skiing and kayaking.
  • Groups
    • Whether you’re planning a team building event, bachelorette party, or weekend wedding bash, this group-friendly destination is always a crowd-pleaser.
    • Plan the destination wedding of your dreams with All Inclusive Wedding Group benefits from Hard Rock Hotel Cancun.
    • Designed by celebrity event planner Colin Cowie, the celebrations we create are elegant, edgy, and steeped in coastal glamour.
  • Spa, Wellness, and Leisure Pursuits
    • Retune your mind, body, and soul at Hard Rock Cancun’s fully immersive, oceanfront Rock Spa featuring exquisite indoor-outdoor treatment rooms.
    • Your accommodation comes complete with a private hydro spa tub, fully-stocked mini-bar, and top-of-the-line spa bath amenities.
    • Relaxation is effortless with poolside service, swim up bars, adult-only hydro tubs, lagoon-style settings, and spectacular ocean views.


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