Quintana Roo is a Mexican state in Yucatan Peninsula and located along the Caribbean side. The towns in Quintana Roo are popular destinations among holidaymakers in Mexico due to its amazing beaches, incredible historical sites, and endless adventures in the region.
Cancun is probably the most popular town in the region among tourists. But there are more to Quintana Roo other than Cancun.
So if you don’t know which Quintana Roo towns to visit, here’s a list of the best places to visit in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
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10 Best Quintana Roo Towns To Visit
1. Tulum, Quintana Roo
Located on the Caribbean coastline of the Yucatan peninsula, Tulum is now one of the most popular destinations in the area.
It is known mostly for its pristine beaches, and the ruins of an ancient Mayan port city.
From a sleepy little beach town, Tulum has become a favorite getaway for beach lovers and those who simply want to relax. There are also several things to do here which include ancient ruins, cenotes, lagoons, Instagrammish and cute hotels and restaurants, and of course the amazing beaches in the Caribbean.
2. Akumal, Quintana Roo
Akumal is part of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and it used to be a quiet, sleepy town.
Over the years though, this town slowly became known for its eco-adventure offerings and underwater ecosystems.
Primarily known as the home of sea turtles, Akumal is now a must-visit in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Akumal has some of the best beaches in Mexico. So when in Akumal, spending time at the beach is a must.
One simply cannot resist the fine sand, the turquoise waters, the sunny weather, and the relaxing atmosphere.
Spread a blanket on the shore or soak up the sun, or chill in a hammock. Take in the views of the sea meeting the sky and relax, before seeing and doing more in Akumal.
Some of the best beaches to visit in Akumal are Jade Beach, Soliman Bay, and Tankah Bay.
3. Bacalar, Quintana Roo
Bacalar is a Mexican town in the state of Quintana Roo near Belize border. It is known for its beautiful lake called Laguna de Bacalar but there are also several things to do in Bacalar other than the lake.
I discovered Bacalar by accident while I was still living in Belize City. I used to shop in Mexico and would cross the border whenever I had a chance.
Places to visit in Bacalar include the Fort of San Felipe, Cenote Cocalitos, Cenote Negro, and the Canal de Los Piratas.
And of course, there are several things to do within the lake which include kayaking, stand up paddling and simply watching the sunset.
4. Playa Del Carmen
Located by the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and only an hour from Cancun, Playa del Carmen is more than just its pristine sandy beaches and sunny skies.
There’s a wealth of activities you can enjoy here as well as interesting places to visit, including ‘secret ones’.
From quaint islands to swimming with sea turtles, enjoying water-sports to discovering hidden gems – there are many fun things to do in this town.
Despite being too popular, Cancun is still among the best towns to visit in Quintana Roo, Cancun in Mexico is nearly synonymous with its world-famous pristine white sand beaches.
A favorite destination even for the rich and famous, Cancun definitely has more to offer than sand, sea, and sun.
The hotel zone is a must-visit, as well as interesting museums that showcase everything from Mayan history to tequila.
There are more bodies of water to explore aside from the sea, more water activities to do than just swimming.
Chetumal is the capital city of Quintana Roo and also one of the least touristy towns in the state.
This hidden gem has lots of things to offer for travelers as well and it’s a good base for other interesting locations in Quintana Roo.
From Mayan museums, cenotes, lovely boulevards, and swimming with manatees, there’s something for everyone in this lovely town.
7. Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo
This small island has pristine beaches and sparkling blue waters, with plenty of activities to enjoy despite its compact size.
Whether you’re into relaxing by the beach or swimming with whale sharks, there’s no shortage of things to do in Isla Mujeres.
8. Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo
Puerto Morelos remains to be among the hidden gems on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Aside from its beaches and the laid-back vibe that’s perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway.
Puerto Morelos is home to a diverse and rich marine sanctuary. This town in Quintana Roo promotes ecotourism to help preserve and protect its reef park, which makes a visit even more fulfilling.