Quintana Roo is a Mexican state on the east side of the Yucatan Peninsula and where the top beach destinations in Latin America are located: Cancun and Riviera Maya.
With hundreds of miles of white-sandy beaches and impressive tones of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, thousands of acres of tropical forest, and protected natural areas, both in the land as in the ocean side.
Also, there are plenty of things to do in Quintana Roo, including astounding parks that offer adventure, culture, and nature, plus archaeological tours to the Maya world for discovering the legacy of this fascinating pre-Columbian civilization.
At Quintana Roo, there are several islands but two stand out due to their astounding beauty and natural resources. Contoy Island is a national park located north of Isla Mujeres. Also, it is home for many bird species, and only receives a limited amount of visitors per day. During the summer season, between May and September, you can book a swimming with whale sharks tour, when these magnificent specimens arrive at their area. As the largest fish in the Earth, a whale shark can have up to 48 ft (15 m) long, and it is an extraordinary experience to swim next to these gigantic fish that are harmless to human beings.
On the other side, Holbox Island is a peaceful piece of heaven for visitors from all over the world. The Holbox flamingos are one of its main attractions, besides its calm waters, and the easygoing atmosphere at this fishermen’s village where cars are not allowed. It is also famous the bioluminescence at Holbox when microorganisms floating on water react with movement and result in a sparkling blue tone that can be watched at night.
Quintana Roo proudly contributes to the world its pre-Columbian past. Throughout its territory, you will find several important Maya archaeological sites. There is a lot to be discovered amid the jungle, and archaeologists continue their works to preserve and rescue this cultural legacy.
From Cancun to Coba, there are many places to visit. Cobá is one of the most enigmatic cities that features the tallest pyramid in Quintana Roo: Nohoch Muul, plus the ancient Maya roads called Sac-bé, that connect to far places such as Yaxuná, which is close to Chichén Itzá.
At Tulum is the most photographed place in the whole Riviera Maya. Its main building is atop of a cliff facing the vivid turquoise Caribbean Sea, everything within the walls of this astounding ancient city.
There are some Maya remains in Cancun that show the relevance of these ancient settlers on the north side of Quintana Roo.
El Meco archaeological site in Cancun is located in the Puerto Juárez area. Its main pyramid is 56 ft (17 m) tall and is the highest in the northern part of the state and is considered a point of commercial exchange with Isla Mujeres.
El Rey archaeological zone in Cancun is located in the Hotel Zone, very close to the famous Mirador or Playa Delfines. It has several buildings and a pyramidal base; it is believed that this settlement was involved in maritime trade and fishing activities.
The small archaeological site of San Miguelito in Cancun is also located in the hotel zone, and visitors have access to the Mayan Museum, which has three exhibition rooms. The Chaak Palace and the Ensemble of Dragons stand out among the buildings of this ancient pre-Hispanic settlement.
Cancun Beaches are the favorites among millions of tourists from all over the world. Each year, complete families arrive at the Quintana Roo shores to enjoy the sun, white sand, and refreshing waters of the Mexican Caribbean.
Riviera Maya and Cancun offer hundreds of activities for their visitors from all around the globe. From adventure options and water sports to surprising parks.
At Xcaret or Xel-Há, you can swim with dolphins and get to know these cute exemplars that are very intelligent. You can also get in touch with other species since there is also the chance to swim with rays and observe these majestic creatures at their habitat.
Facing the Quintana Roo coast is the second largest coral reef system in the world that goes from the north side of the state towards Central America. In Puerto Morelos, you can take a snorkel tour in the reef or even dive and get wondered with its astounding biodiversity.
Come to Quintana Roo and let yourself get surprised with its beaches, flora, fauna, and great tropical weather, plus enjoying its tours and parks.