Quintana Roo used to be part of the Yucatan Peninsula, but now they finally made their territory. Under the leadership of President Porfirio Diaz on November 24, 1902. They got their statehood within the United Mexican States on October 8, 1974. Quintana Roo is the youngest State in Mexico. As the latest State in Mexico, Quintana Roo makes it be the 32nd Federal State in the country. With 11 total municipalities and the capital city is Chetumal. The states of Yucatan border Quintana Roo in the northwest and to the west is the states of Campeche. It is on the eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula. The Supreme Court of Justice tried to resolve the boundary between the disputed area. On 1997 the Municipality was siding Campeche, and it benefited Yucatan.
Quintana Roo is one of the famous tourist’s destinations in Mexico. Travelers in all walks of life can enjoy this place as it has a lot to offer. From luxury travel to the middle class and ordinary life. This State is home to a lot of Tourists spots that are world class and is famous to other countries including Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve. The house of the renowned city of Cancun and the islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. The town of Akumal, Playa Del Carmen, and Bacalar as well as the ancient Maya ruins of Chacchoben, Coba, Kohunlich, Muyil, and Tulum.
The following are the famous stop for visitors to visit:
Cancun is a 15-mile long sand bar with a number seven shape off the mainland and connected by the causeways. There are many accommodations to choose from along the strip is a hotel zone. A single, couple and family travelers have many choices in visiting Cancun. Kukulkan Boulevard is the only road that runs the length of the hotel zone. The tourism infrastructure concentrate in this area from restaurants to food stools. From upscale shopping to Walmart and nightlife to pure Mayan culture.
Some of the workers here aren’t fluent in speaking English so you might have a hard time communicating. However, most of the time we don’t have any problem getting around the hotel and in the city.
It’s one of the famous tourist spots in Mexico and one of the favorite places for young ones to visit. However, this place is also right for a family with younger kids. I traveled here when I was almost five months far for my second child, and I don’t have any problem getting around.
Riviera Maya is for travelers who enjoy eco-tourism activities. The favorite activities in the Quintana Roo region for snorkeling and diving is here. Riviera Maya is home for Xel-Ha and X- Caret where everyone can enjoy and have a lot to offer and can make your vacation memorable. There are lots of accommodation in the area from world-class to the simple way of life of the Mayan culture. It takes you a total of 1.5- 2 hours travel from Cancun to get here.
- Xel-Ha – is on the Caribbean coast of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. A commercial aquatic theme park and ecotourism development. There are many wide varieties of flora and fauna including dolphins, birds and many more. They also offer some of the exciting activities like zip lining and riding a bike along the jungle. One of the many water activities you can do is snorkeling. After your adventure, if you wanted to relax, you can find an empty hammock that is set up around the area. Whenever you like you need a boost to your adrenaline and need some drink and food to eat you can get any time. Xel-Ha will make your vacation an unforgettable and memorable experienced. Whether your traveling solo, a couple and or as a family this park need to be in your lists. Read more here about Xel-Ha.
Playa Del Carmen
Playa Del Carmen is in the municipality of Solidaridad located along the Carribean Sea. Because of their geographical location, Playa Del Carmen is famous to tourist. They offer a wide array of tourists activities.
- X-Caret– is an archaeological and ecological spot that is in Playa Del Carmen. There are lots of things to do here, but unlike Xel-Ha, they have more animals to see and experience. Perfect for a family especially if you are traveling with small children, who are not very keen on water sports yet. There are lots of things to do in X-Caret, but it comes with costs including their food. Read more about X-Caret here.
Tulum is in the state of Quintana Roo which serves as a major port for Coba. It is the ruins site of the ancient Mayan walled city that situated on a 12- meter ( 39 ft ) tall cliffs. Along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea. After the Spanish occupied Mexico, Tulum managed to survive for 70 years between the 13th and 15th centuries. The large stoned structure building is called El Castillo meaning the castle. It is known for its pristine white sand and turquoise sea water. It is also near the coastal area of Parque Nacional Tulum where there are mangroves and cenotes.
- Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve– is in the municipality of Tulum and only a few hours travel from Tulum. You can go and rent a vehicle yourself. Alternatively, use the many tour guide from Tulum. Some fishermen live inside, and they can provide information about the area. It is one of the UNESCO world heritage site and the largest protected area in the Mexican Carribean. It is home to thousands of species including fauna and flora, wild dolphins and so much more. The tourists can explore by boat to see the various reefs and crystal clear, blue-green lagoons.
Cozumel is a municipality and the largest island in Mexico under the State of Quintana Roo. Scuba diving is the main tourists’ activities in the island due to its coral reefs on the western side. However, it doesn’t limit the laid back atmosphere in Cozumel. The following listed below are the things you can do in Cozumel.
- San Gervasio archeological site is worth a visit.
- Swimming to a cenote.
- Snorkeling in the coral reefs.
- Going and riding a boat to the rainforest.
Isla Mujeres is a perfect day getaway from the bustle and hustle of the city of Cancun. Scuba diving and snorkeling are one of the favorite things to do here. There are many accommodations to choose from luxury hotels to simple Mayan living. There is a turtle protection center. Mayan ruins, beaches in the northern Playa Norte, and the southern tip of Punta Sur you can find a lighthouse. This small town is worth a visit and here are the lists of things to do.
- Visit the El Meco archeological site.
- Garrafon Park
- Dolphin Discovery
- Parque Garrafon
- Snorkeling, Swimming and watching Whale Shark in Cabo Catoche.
- Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Playa Holbox, Punta Cocos, and Punta Mosquito. You can lounge on the beach away from the hustle and bustle of civilization.
Chetumal is the capital city of Quintana Roo and is situated on the western side of the State. The political and administrative side of the state is the border in Belize. Exploring the city will make you understand the history of the Mayan culture.
The Landmarks Are:
- The Flag Promenade obelisk
- Dot waterfront Boulevard Bahía.
- In the North of Chetumal Bay, is the Manatee Sanctuary is home to manatees, crocodiles, and turtles.
- To the west are the Mayan ruins of Kohunlich, Dzibanché, and Kinichná.
Things To Do In Chetumal:
- Museum of Mayan Culture
- Museum of Chetumal
- Zoo Payo Obispo
- Planetario Yook’ol Kaab
When is the best time to go?
I would recommend visiting the area during the high season of November to April. The sea current of the Carribean Sea can be strong even in regular days how much for the rainy and moon-soon season. The two peak periods that attract visitors to come to visit the area is during Winter and Spring Break. Both international and domestic tourists love to visit during this time of the year. For the winter time, it is during Christmas and New Year Eve, and in the Springtime it is the week before and after Easter. If you like to visit during rainy and moon soon season because that’s the only time you can travel it’s ok but be warned that the hurricane season is June to November. However, most hurricanes come from August to October. We can’t predict the weather, so it’s risky to travel during these months.