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Riviera Maya’s Tulum and Playa del Carmen: The new Caribbean vacation hot-spots

Here, I'm highlighting two destinations, but there's no reason to have to choose one—split your time in both places and you won't be disappointed!

The Riviera Maya in Mexico is probably one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world—and for good reason. This stretch of Caribbean coastline is endowed with pristine beaches, glittering seas, picturesque shores, quaint beachside towns, tranquil fishing hamlets, ancient ruins, natural landscapes and a whole lot more!

Although Cancún steals most of the tourist traffic in Riviera Maya, I personally prefer the charming towns of Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Prior to recent years, you’d probably never heard of these two towns, but you’ve certainly seen their envy-inducing pictures on Pinterest or your favorite celebrities’ social media feeds in the last several years.

If you're considering a trip to either destination, click the links for the guides below.

And I'd also urge you to consider a stay at the Rosewood Mayakoba. I love the place so much that I've dedicated an entire blog post to it. It's simply heaven on earth (and no, it's not a sponsored post).


xoxo, Lauren


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