Cancún + The Riviera Maya

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Most travelers have a favorite hideaway. An Italian pensione that never makes its way into the guidebooks, a breezy beach resort that stays just under the radar. You know: a place you hold so dear that you'd faint if it ever appeared in a national...
Though I had seen hundreds of photos of Chichén Itzá, I was still overwhelmed when I encountered the spectacular Mayan site for the first time. But I was also disappointed: the photos hadn't shown the bus-crammed parking lot, the theme-park-style ...
Motel of the FutureHaving stayed in many poorly designed motel rooms, we were glad to see "Motels Restyled" [August], in which T&L invited designers to create something better (at least on paper). We have one further suggestion. Any architect wh...
See our slideshow of Shoulder Season Travel Secrets. After the vacation crowds head home, you’ll find the smart traveler basking in good deals and wide open spaces. Quick: What’s the best time of year to visit Thailand?If you’re looking for grea...
With its white-sand beaches and buzzing clubs, Playa del Carmen, some 35 miles south of Cancún on the Mayan Riviera, is emerging as the getaway of the moment. Frequently compared to South Beach in its early days, "Playa" is now cementing this repu...
When I first visited Mexico's Riviera Maya eight years ago, this 75-mile stretch of Caribbean coastline south of Cancun had neither its classy--not to mention marketable-- name nor its slick four-lane expressway. In those days, you took your life ...
Cramped airplanes and flimsy seats are frustrations that even the most seasoned travelers find hard to endure, but to the plus-sized vacationer, they're nightmares. Enter Freedom Paradise, the world's first "size-friendly" resort. The 112-room ho...
Even if you plan to spend more time in the surf than in your room on your next beach vacation, the size and price of your indoor space still matter. In search of seaside values, we compared properties from the T+L 500 Hotels list, measuring rooms...
When I told my 17-year-old niece that I was heading to Cancún, I could hear her envy over the phone. With its wall-to-wall flashy resorts, giant shopping malls, and spring-break reputation—margarita-chugging contests, no ID required!—this white-sa...
Ancient Mayans worshipped rain as a life force, so it's no wonder every airy bungalow at the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya faces water (sea or cenote, your choice). Opening this fall 30 minutes south of Cancún, the hotel will offer all manner of...
Visitors to Mexico’s Riviera Maya can now see the coastline’s greatest site, the ancient ruins of Tulum, in a bright new light. The 11th-century walled city’s 15 pyramids are illuminated in shades of red, blue, and amber for 45-minute nighttime to...
When the grandparents, aunts, and cousins decide to horn in on your Mexican beach vacation, there’s no need to panic. Instead of block-booking rooms at a characterless Cancún high-rise resort or taking a chance on one of Tulum’s funkier palapa vil...
Some cruise-ship day-trippers think of Cozumel as a mini Cancún, a budding Vegas off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. Problem is, they're not looking beyond all the T-shirt shops and discos that face the malecón, Cozumel's whitewashed seaside p...
Travel changes everything: it supports communities, restructures economies, protects environments, and preserves our cultural heritage. In 2008, this has never been more certain. As they do every year, T+L’s Global Vision Awards celebrate the peop...
A yoga class has broken out in Pablo Escobar’s living room. The sounds of deep, mindful breathing drift through the spacious foyer like a mild ocean breeze, while strength and serenity go toe-to-toe beneath the thatched palapa roof. At a newly til...