On the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula lies the state of Quintana Roo, which contains a number of extremely popular and top-quality holiday rental destinations. Cancun is the most famous and receives over four million tourists every year thanks to its pulsating nightlife and glorious beaches. There are however many other options in this diverse region, including the Mayan city of Tulum and the island of Cozumel. A great range of holiday rental accommodation exists in the area, from luxury villas to beachside apartments.
The Quintana Roo region is vast and varied. The phrase ‘something for everyone’ is often over-used, but in this diverse and fascinating region it could not be truer. Whether you plan a relaxing break of exploring ancient Mayan ruins, a week of shopping and eating scrumptious Mexican food or a full-on week of party-fuelled nights and lazy days on the beach, there really is something for you in Quintana Roo.
The world-famous tourist city of Cancun is the destination for many millions of visitors every year, and has an almost unlimited array of attractions. With several hundred restaurants, a buzzing nightlife, laid-back cafes, fine sandy beaches with clear waters, fantastic water sports, championship golf courses, unrivalled shopping and a fascinating Mayan culture, whatever type of holiday you desire, you will be able to find attractions to suit in Cancun.
Cancun is also the gateway to the River Maya and a number of archaeological sites, such as the Pre-Columbian Maya walled city of Tulum, which itself boasts a good range of holiday rental accommodation and makes for fascinating exploration.
Playa del Carmen is the epitome of a sleepy village that became an international tourist hot-spot. Although boasting many of the same attractions that Cancun has to offer, this Caribbean Sea resort has more of a European flavour to it, having seen a large amount of foreign immigration in recent years.
A short boat trip from Playa del Carmen will take you to the beautiful island of Cozumel, a great destination for scuba diving, snorkelling, boat trips and relaxing in luxury beachfront villas. The water is so clear in this area that underwater visibility can reach an amazing 200 feet on a good day.
The glorious tropical weather is another huge draw for the Quintana Roo region. The dry season runs from November to April, and receives temperatures that average around 30C during these months. Temperatures become even hotter during May and June, and it is at this time that the rainfall picks up and there is a hurricane risk.
Cancun International Airport (CUN) is the busiest in the Quintana Roo area, and receives flights from Thomas Cook (London Gatwick, Manchester) and Monarch Airlines (London-Gatwick, Newcastle), amongst other UK services. The best way to reach your chosen holiday resort is through rental of a hire car, though public transport is also an option.