Caribbean Coast Travel Guide


Photo of Caribbean Coast Photo: George Apostolidis

Plan Your Caribbean Coast Vacation

Mexico's Caribbean coastline can be divided into two sections: developed coast and wild coast. The northern stretch from Punta Tanchacté to Punta Allen—the Riviera Maya—has the most sights and accommodations, and includes some of the Yucatán's most beautiful ruins and cenotes. The southern stretch, between Punta Allen and Chetumal, is where civilization thins out. Here in the "Costa Maya" you'll find the most alluring landscapes, including the pristine jungle wilderness of the Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an.


Caribbean Coast Hotels

There's a lodging for every taste and budget here, from giant all-inclusive luxury resorts to small family-run cabanas on... read more


Caribbean Coast Restaurants

Restaurants here vary from quirky beachside affairs with outdoor tables and palapas to more-elaborate and sophisticated... read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Caribbean Coast

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


Caribbean Coast Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to the Caribbean Coast

    Visiting Mayan ruins with a Caribbean view: The ruins at Tulum, only an hour south of Playa del Carmen, are a dramatic remnant of a... Read more

  • Caribbean Coast's Best Beaches

    The stretch from Cancún to Tulum comprises one perfect beach after the next: turquoise waters; sugary sand; tall, skinny palms swaying in... Read more

  • Top Resorts

    Champagne greetings, private butlers, beachfront massages—and that's just to say hello. Even in these belt-tightening times, or perhaps... Read more

  • Caste Wars

    When Mexico won independence from Spain in 1821, there wasn't much for Maya to celebrate. They continued to be treated as second-class,... Read more

  • Caribbean Coastal History

    The Mayan culture is the enduring backdrop for Mexico's Caribbean Coast. Archaeologists have divided this civilization, which lasted some... Read more


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