Riviera Maya

Xpu-Há (shpoo-ha) is a beach area about 95km south of Cancún that extends for several kilometers. It’s reached by numbered access roads (most of them private). They are building all-inclusive resorts here faster than you can say ‘environmental degradation,’ but so far it's a decent detour as you make your way south.

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Nearby Riviera Maya attractions

1. Cenote Azul

1.01 MILES

Conveniently located right off the main highway, Cenote Azul is one of the easiest Riviera Maya cenotes to visit. It’s also one of the region’s most…

2. Paamul

5.29 MILES

Paamul, 87km south of Cancún, is a de facto private beach on a sheltered bay. Like many other spots along the Caribbean coast, it has signs prohibiting…

3. Xcacel-Xcacelito

11.03 MILES

Between the Chemuyil and Xel-Há exits is a tiny sign on the east side of the highway marking the short dirt road that leads to the two arching bays Xcacel…

4. Bahías de Punta Solimán

15.12 MILES

These two beautiful, protected bays are separated by a narrow point, 123km south of Cancún and 11km north of Tulum. To get here, head east (toward the…

5. Parque la Ceiba

15.25 MILES

Two blocks west of the highway, this pretty park has play areas for kids, shady picnic spots and walking trails as well as activities such as movie…

6. Parque Los Fundadores

15.56 MILES

Playa del Carmen’s most iconic park is bordered by the famous Quinta Avenida on one side and by a popular local beach on the other side. Here, kids can…

7. Museo Frida Kahlo Riviera Maya

15.85 MILES

This 'museum' is mainly info about Kahlo rather than displays of her artwork. It's also small. But if you're looking for something to do on a non-beach…

8. Quinta Avenida

15.96 MILES

Restaurants, bars, stores and craft stalls line a 2km stretch of this busy pedestrian thoroughfare.