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Escape the Chill with Royal Caribbean: Quintana Roo, Mexico

By HarryFriday 04th December 2015

Tulum’s spectacular beachside ruins. Tulum’s spectacular beachside ruins.


Do you spend the winter months dreaming of sunny weather and sandy beaches, wishing you were sipping on a cocktail in a far off place? This year, Royal Caribbean can help. We’re taking our readers (this means you!) on a journey through the Caribbean, from Mexico’s Mayan ruins to Antigua’s uninhabited islands, to escape the wintery chill and show you some of the unforgettable experiences on offer.


In this blog post, the second in our ‘Escape the Chill’ series, we’re taking a look at the Mexico’s Quintana Roo region. Enjoy!


Quick facts

  • Mexico has an estimated population of 122 million people.
  • Mexico City is its capital.
  • It ranks 6th in the world for the most UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Quintana Roo is named after Andrés Quintana Roo, an early patriot of the Mexican Republic.
Picture-perfect beaches can be found all along the Rivera Maya. Picture-perfect beaches can be found all along the Rivera Maya.


Over the past few years Quintana Roo has become a popular holiday destination thanks, in part, to its many wonderful attractions. From underwater worlds to ancient ruins, there’s plenty to keep you busy for days on end. Here are a few of our favourites:
  • The Tulum Ruins – Mexico is home to a significant number of Mayan ruins, many of which can be found in Quintana Roo. Once a Mayan city, the Tulum ruins sit upon a coastal clifftop and include a surrounding wall, after which the ruins are named Tulum means wall and the Temple of the Ascending God. It’s a truly unique and unmissable day out!
  • Aktun Chen – A little further up the coast is Aktun Chen Natural Park. Here you’ll find a large nature reserve, complete with snakes and monkeys, four sky-high zip lines, a 5 million-year-old cave and an underground river. The underground river is of particular interest, as it was once a sacred Mayan spot. Today, you can snorkel your way through the river, exploring as you go.


When visiting Quintana Roo, a brilliant beach on the Rivera Maya is never too far away. To get you started, we’ve selected a couple of the best:
  • Akumal Beach – Have you ever wanted to swim with turtles? Well now’s your chance. Akumal Beach is home to beautiful sea turtles, which can be found swimming all along the shoreline. Hire some snorkels and see for yourself.
  • Tulum Beach – Arguably the Rivera Maya’s most beautiful beach, Tulum offers white sands and crystal-clear waters, set to a backdrop of ancient ruins. Incredible!
Quintana Roo’s underground caves are an amazing sight to see. Quintana Roo’s underground caves are an amazing sight to see.

Food and drinks

If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie, then Mexico is the place to be. Here are just a few of the delicious delights you can expect:
  • Conchinita pibil – This traditional Mexican dish consists of pork, marinated in citrus juice, annatto (a red-coloured seed with a peppery taste) and various herbs and spices. The pork is then slow-roasted with tomatoes and onions in banana leaf – delicious!
  • Balché – Made from the bark of a leguminous tree, which is then soaked in honey and water, and fermented, Balché dates back to the ancient Mayans. You’ve simply got to try it.

Shore excursions

  • Off-Road Jeep Tour & BeachEmbark on an off-road adventure around Costa Maya, from the lush green jungle to the sandy white beaches. Finish up at Pleasure Beach for a Mexican feast and a spot of relaxation.
  • Atlantis SubmarineGo deep under Cozumel’s ocean waters and explore an amazing underwater world, guided by our experts. Spot colourful fish, turtles and, of course, the reef. You’ll also get to see one of the biggest dive wrecks in the Caribbean, The Felipe Xicotencatl.

Did you know?

Quintana Roo is known for having the best manatee habitat in the world.
Don’t miss out on the beautiful sea turtles at Akumal Beach. Don’t miss out on the beautiful sea turtles at Akumal Beach.

Make your way to Mexico…


…with Royal Caribbean. Take your pick from our exciting Caribbean excursions and start planning for the holiday of a lifetime.

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