When many think of the Caribbean, they think about paradise islands such as Barbados and Jamaica. But other countries get a slice of the tropical blue sea, too – especially Mexico, in the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula, which is also dotted with magnificent Mayan temples. Base yourself in the beach town of Playa del Carmen and get ready to enjoy white sand beaches, mysterious cenotes and captivating wildlife. Here are the best things to do in Quintana Roo.
It’s quite a scene – soft white sand, gently lapping waves, sky fading from pink to star-twinkling peacock-blue over the Caribbean sea – and you can watch it all with an icy mojito in your hand here in Playa del Carmen. It’s only an hour’s drive from Cancun’s big-brand resort beach boulevard, but with boutique resorts and a low-key, small town feel, Playa is a world away. Zenzi, right on the beach, is as laid-back as an Ibiza chill-out lounge… until sunset, that is, when people gather to sip cocktails and prepare for the DJ-driven dance parties after dark.