The Riviera Maya area of the Yucatan Peninsula stretches from Cancun through Playa del Carmen southward to Tulum, and includes the island of Cozumel, located 20 kilometers from Playa del Carmen into the Caribbean. Many people, both visitors and residents, believe this is the best place to live in Mexico for gorgeous, sandy beaches. The Mexican Caribbean is magic.
If you are into scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fly-fishing, kite boarding or exploring some 7,000 fresh water cenotes, the jungle, or Mayan ruins, this may be the place for you to live. If you just enjoy hanging out on some of nature’s most impressive beaches and blue water it’s also a nice choice.
Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel are all part of this wonderland of water sports. In the north, Cancun is known for its beautiful beaches and the zona hotelera. A bit pricey for our Lifestyle Rating System, it is nevertheless a wonderful place to shop for a day, or for a weekend of fun.