Top 10 Things to Do and See in Quintana Roo State

Quintana Roo |Courtesy CancunCVB
Quintana Roo |Courtesy CancunCVB
Photo of Pablo Mares
10 May 2017

Formed by the impact of a meteorite, the Yucatan peninsula is a flat territory full of subterranean rivers. The peninsula is integrated by three Mexican states: Yucatán, Campeche, and Quintana Roo. Granted statehood in 1974, Quintana Roo became the Mexican Republic’s youngest state. But not everything is new in Quintana Roo; the ancient Mayan ruins, landscape, and beautiful beaches have been enjoyed hundreds of years by the locals.


Despite not being the capital of the state, Cancun is the most known place in all of Quintana Roo and the most important tourist center of Mexico. There’s no question that Cancun has established itself as one of the top tourist destinations in the Caribbean. In just 40 years, Cancun went from having only two hotels to more than one hundred.


Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico


The adventure is waiting for you in Cozumel. You can take a ferry trip from Playa del Carmen or arrive by plane. Once there, you can try one of many activities the island offers, like swimming in a cenote, taking a ride through the rainforest, or walking on the archaeological site of San Gervasio. You can also dive into the Cozumel Reefs National Park.


Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico


The turquoise blue color of the Caribbean Sea makes a beautiful contrast with the stones that make up Tulum, the walled city of Mayan culture. These Mayan ruins are within the Tulum National Park, a few kilometers from the city of the same name where you can find accommodations. A must see to know the ancient Mayan culture.


Tulum, Quintana Roo. Mexico

Tulum | Courtesy CancunCVB

Tulum |Courtesy CancunCVB


Aquarium, Park
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Family floating in the Xel-Há river | Family floating in the Xel-Há river
The main attraction of Xel-Ha Park is its large creek, where sea water meets fresh water. This gigantic aquarium is home to 70 species of aquatic fauna. If you like to swim, snorkel, or dive, this is a place that offers a fun and unique experience.

Isla Mujeres

Right next to Cancun is Isla Mujeres, a small but nice place, with hotels from one to five stars and ideal for all budgets; the perfect place to spend a nice day away from the noisy and busy city. There is also a sea turtle protection center that is well worth a visit.


Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Isla Mujeres | Courtesy CancunCVB

Isla Mujeres |Courtesy CancunCVB


Located at the northern end of the state of Quintana Roo, Holbox is a treasure island reserved for adventurers. A paradise with spectacular beauty, small hotels and restaurants that are run by locals will give you a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a well-deserved rest.


Holbox | Courtesy CancunCVB


The capital of the state, Chetumal has its roots in Mayan culture. On the border with Belize, it is the political and administrative center of the state.

With its public squares and museums, you can learn more about the history of the State of Quintana Roo.


Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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