The Caribbean coast of Mexico boasts all the trappings of paradise. Sandy beaches are shaded by swaying palms, sunshine slips though your thatched palapa as you laze in a hammock. The lush jungles hold many secrets, from prowling jaguars to ancient Mayan temples. What’s more, an exquisite array of secluded luxury retreats and hand-selected private villas line the tropical coast. The Riviera Maya offers the ultimate combination of culture, adventure and sun-worshipping.
Thick jungle stretches inland from the ocean, proffering a natural adventure playground for hiking, birding, and swimming in cenotes (underwater sinkholes). Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Mayans as you visit temples and scramble up towering pyramids for a view over the jungle canopy. Tulum’s bohemian vibe flows through its beach bars, Mayan healing spas and trendy restaurants. Isla Holbox lies just off the coast and offers a rustic, beautiful getaway with small boutique hotels and the perfect conditions for swimming with whale sharks from June to September. To find the most secluded snorkelling spots, explore on a private yacht, enjoying a delicious fresh fish lunch on deck.