Riviera Maya, Mexico
When to go
The climate is normally excellent all year round. August and Christmas are very busy, so spring generally provides the best combination in terms of good weather and fewer crowds. Easter is a popular holiday all over Mexico, so book hotel rooms as early as possible if you’re planning to go then. August to October is hurricane season in the Caribbean, so be aware that this is a potential hazard.
PlanesCancún International is the main regional airport, with direct flights to and from the UK. Alternatively, you could fly via Miami, which is only an hour away by plane. The taxi ride to Playa del Carmen takes around 45 minutes and will cost around $60; Tulum is about 90 minutes away and will cost around $100.
BoatsThere are ferries almost every hour from Playa del Carmen to the coral cay island of Cozumel – the trip takes 55 minutes, and you can buy tickets at the ferry pier. You can hire a boat from any of the small-boat owners along the beach.
AutomobilesIt’s worth hiring a car to explore further afield, but taxis are very reasonably priced.
TaxisHail them in the Playa del Carmen for shorter journeys, or ask your hotel to call one for you. Make sure you establish a price for your trip before you set off as few taxis have meters.
Surrounded by jungle and sea, boutique retreat Coqui Coqui Tulum basks on Mexico’s beach-blessed, south-eastern Riviera Maya, just a hop from coast-clinging Mayan temple Tulum. Combining rusticity with sexy seclusion, the seven breezy bedrooms are soothing spaces, with tactile concrete floors, white-linen draped four-poster beds and vast, hand-moulded sunken tubs for soaking à deux. Hammocks add a local touch, as do woven lights and own-label perfumery bath products (all rooms are lovely, but the ocean-facing Master Terrace Suites have private terraces with dreamy day-beds). Watch the waves crash onto the white-sand beach; then go temple-hopping. Viva Mexico!