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Cobá

Cobá's ruins are a treat and exploring them is a big part of the reason for coming here: the state's tallest pyramid, a beautiful ball court and a variety of other structures make for a fun few hours. The village is quiet and cute, with a croc-filled lagoon, a series of cenotes, and a growing number of hotels and restaurants…but people mostly come for the ruins. In droves. By the busload. In fact, that's its biggest problem: arrive after 11am and you'll be one of literally hundreds of other people coming in from Cancún, Playa and Tulum.

From a sustainable-tourism perspective, it’s great to stay the night in small communities like Cobá, but don't plan on staying up late.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Cobá.