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Discovering the Charms of Mexico's Riviera Maya

Martin Morrell Poolside at Maroma Resort & Spa.

Photo: Martin Morrell

Although it’s known as a boomtown for luxurious beachfront resorts, this stretch of Mexico’s Caribbean coastline has held onto its authentic charm, thanks to the thriving village of Playa del Carmen and the region’s ancient Mayan ruins. Here, you can check into a haute hotel—and still slip outside for a little local flavor. Read the article

Inspired by: The (Mini) Vacation — by Malia Boyd, Published Oct. 2006

Hotels (1)

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    Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

    Set amid lush foliage between Cancún and Tulum, Maroma is one a clutch of standout hotels along a prime swath of Riviera Maya beachfront. There you

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Restaurants (2)

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    Super Carnes HC de Monterrey

    A local institution in Playa del Carmen, Super Carnes is a small, open-air restaurant known for its grilled steak. The unassuming space is decorate

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    La Cueva del Chango

    Meaning “the monkey cave,” La Cueva del Chango is an immersive dining experience. The restaurant is designed to resemble a cave, complete with smal

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    Blue Parrot Beach Club

    The Blue Parrot dates to 1984, making the club one of Playa del Carmen’s elder statesmen. What started as a casual hotel and bar now includes the 5

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    Mambocafé

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    This chain of massive nightclubs, with outposts across Mexico and in Dallas, promises el nuevo ritmo tropical, "the new trop

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    Tulum Ruins

    The 11th-century walled city's 15 pyramids are illuminated in shades of red, blue, and amber for 45-minute nighttime tours. The "Visitas Nocturnas"

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