While everyone else is pulling off the highway to bask on the beaches of Tulum, keep driving another solid four hours and you’ll find a piece of Mexico that is all your own.
The Costa Maya is a stretch of coast in the very southern part of the State of Quintana Roo, near the border of Belize.
It’s visually stunning, and a paradise for nature lovers.
Offshore, discover brilliant coral reefs, mangroves teeming with dolphins and turtles, while onshore there is the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve home to jaguars and monkeys.
A good home base to explore the coast is the beach town of Mahahual, which has a small cruise terminal, as well as funky boutique hotels and beach bars.