I’ve been to all three locations multiple times and in my opinion they all suit different people, budgets and travel styles. If you have the time, I recommend visiting all three so you can experience each destination and make up your own mind as to which suits you, but if you’re short on time and have to pick one… This is my run down of where to go based on YOU. Click on each of the titles to link to a blog dedicated on that location with all my recommendations.
I personally use Cancun to fly into the airport and as a gateway to other areas in Quintana Roo – Isla Mujeres is one of my favourite islands in Mexico and only a 30 minute ferry ride from Cancun, Playa del Carmen is under an hour drive and Tulum is around two hours drive.
Cancun reminds me of an American Gold Coast in Mexico (In other words… way too touristy for me) but if you are after an all inclusive resort and love to follow the tourist trail while having access to all the big malls, American chain restaurants and plan on doing a lot of day trips… Cancun ticks all of those boxes as your perfect base.
Not only is it centrally located between the two, It also has a more authentic Mexican vibe while still housing all of the cool hotels, bars and restaurants you want while you’re on holiday.
Playa as it is fondly known is easy to navigate and the perfect base to day trip over to the island of Cozumel to dive, Visit one of the many adventure parks and cenotes in the area as well Mayan ruins in a few directions that are under a couple of hours away.
Playa is the best value out of the three for me as there is a huge range of accommodation pricing and with such a large multicultural community there are endless food options to suit any budget.
Tulum owns my heart and is my favourite of the three for its sheer beauty and energy… It is where I go to recharge.
Set yourself up in an eco resort on the beach, do a daily yoga class, swim in one of the hundreds of cenotes, visit Mayan ruins overlooking the ocean, immerse yourself in dining heaven and lay in a hammock with a good book.
Make sure you check out my other blogs under MEXICO too as I have plenty of other recommendations to take you out of these three places and see more of Mexico that you may not yet have explored or heard of.
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