Cancún + The Riviera Maya

Cancún + The Riviera Maya Travel Guide

Run by a group of Playa del Carmen adventurers dedicated to sustainable tourism, this company works with Mayan communities to preserve their heritage.

You can actually swim with parrot fish and manta rays in lagoons. You can also hike tropical trails, picnic under a palapa, and sack out in a hammock.

Tucked into faux townhouses overlooking Venetian-style canals and bridges, the 150 retailers at this gleaming new complex range from high-end chains like Bulgari to locally run kiosks, plus restaurants serving both international fare and Mexican standbys.

Four compact galleries chronicle the island's Mayan history, Spanish conquest, Caribbean pirates, and ecological diversity (with a focus on the coral ecosystem—the giant underwater mountain of Palanacar Reef lies just off Cozumel).

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The tour takes small groups on snorkeling trips to lesser-known underground rivers like the recently opened Kin-ha.

Equal parts disco, Vegas revue, and Cirque du Soleil, this coliseum-size dance club holds 3,000 revelers in vertiginous multilevel seating with an eerie resemblance to a Victorian theater. The festivities kick off at 10 p.m.

Jaguars, ocelots, and tapirs, as well as hundreds of species of birds and fish, roam these 1.3 million acres of coastal jungle, home to nearly every Yucatán ecosystem and studded with unexcavated ruins.

Mexico is famous for its silver, and the most celebrated craftsmanship still comes from the town of Taxco, near Mexico City. One of Taxco's most famous design houses, Los Castillos, creates the majority of the products for sale at this shop, from earrings to anklets and everything in between.

This ever-popular thatched-roof beach bar is located on the less-frequented eastern half of the island. Take note: it's only open in daylight hours (there's no electricity on this side of Cozumel).

With its passionate guides and open-ocean enclosures, Dolphin Discovery is the best of several companies in Mexico offering swims with dolphins. Under a guide’s tutelage from afar, you’ll hang onto fins for a ride, practice hands-free waterskiing—and collect a kiss.