Published On: Tue, Dec 20th, 2016

OPINION: Why now is the perfect time to visit the Riviera Maya

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While the dollar has been strong for travelers lately with recent highs against the Euro and British Pound, this is different, a truly historic event. There has literally never been a better time to travel to Mexico from a cost perspective (of course, to fully enjoy the discounts, you want your hotel rates in pesos, not dollars).

Travel to Mexico has other appeals: its close enough for a weekend, diverse enough for a month-long trip. There’s no more time change than in this country and no more jet lag. But most of all, it has numerous excellent vacation destinations for every taste. I’ve been many times, and these are some of the best leisure destinations in Mexico, and some of my favorites.


Riviera Maya: This coastal stretch of the Yucatan Peninsula on Mexico’s east coast, just south of Cancun, is not just one of the country’s best vacation spots, it’s one of the best on earth.

No other place combines all these appeals in one easy to reach spot: tons of ancient Mayan ruins(Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza), gorgeous beaches, the world’s second largest barrier reef (and a lot closer than Australia), great food, a beautiful offshore island (Cozumel), truly world class diving, snorkeling fishing and watersports, cultural attractions, eco-adventures, inland cenote swimming and diving spots, and standout golf courses.

There is an amazing array of hotels, the best selection in the country, from top tier luxury (consider Fairmont, Rosewood, Banyan Tree, Maroma) to boutique beach eco hotels to all-inclusives, from bargain priced to luxury – the best large all-inclusive resorts on the continent are here.

You can do nothing or you can occupy every minute of every day, all close to a modern airport with lots of flights.




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