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The Riviera Maya region technically starts at Punta Tanchacté (pronounced tan-chak-te), also known as Bahía Petempich, with small hotels on long stretches of beach caressed by turquoise waters. Historically a fishing village, this area has recently been overtaken by Puerto Morelos's growth, and now there are new hotels and resorts here as well. Just 20 minutes south of Cancún, Punta Tanchacté is
quieter than neighboring towns but still close to the action.
In Mayan, Akumal (pronounced ah-koo- maal ) means "place of the turtle," and this stretch of coast is a storied nesting ground, especially at...
Founded in AD 435, Bacalar (pronounced baa -ka-lar) is one of Quintana Roo's oldest settlements. The mix of freshwater and salt water in the...