Real Estate ~ Playa del Carmen Real Estate
Quintana Roo real estate investment information and Featured Real
Estate Listings for Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Akumal,
Tulum, Costa Maya and the islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres.
Cancun and the Mexico State of Quintana Roo
Location: State of Quintana Roo, Eastern Mexico, Yucatan Peninsula
Important cities/sites within the state: Bacalar, Cancun, Chetumal
(capital), islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, XCaret,
Xel-Ha, Sian Kaan Reserve and the archaeological zone of Tulum
Major airport(s): Cancun International Airport (CUN), Chetumal
International Airport (CTM), Cozumel Airport (CZM), Isla Mujeres Airport
Time zone: Central Standard Time
Official State Web site: www.quintanaroo.gob.mx
Roo is located on the Yucatan Peninsula, bordered by the Bay of Chetumal
and Rio Hondo to the south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. It is
the youngest state in the country, as well as the farthest east, meaning
it is the first state to see the sunrise everyday. It is also one of
the only states featuring magnificent underground rivers with limestone
sinkholes, perfect for diving.
is the reason most people travel to Mexico and offers an unrivaled combination
of high-quality accommodations, dreamy beaches, easy air access, and
a wide diversity of shopping, dining, nightlife, and nearby activities
-- most of them exceptional values. There is also the lure of ancient
cultures evident in all directions and a number of ecologically oriented
theme parks. You will run out of vacation days before you run out of
things to do in Cancun. Snorkeling, jet-skiing, jungle tours, and visits
to ancient Maya ruins and modern ecological theme parks are among the
most popular diversions. There are a dozen malls with brand-name and
duty-free shops (with European goods at prices better than in the U.S.),
and more than 350 restaurants and nightclubs. The 24,000-plus hotel
rooms in the area offer something for every taste and every budget.
del Carmen - Playa, as it is called, is the most happening place
on the coast -- lots of beach (especially when the wind and currents
are flowing in the right direction), hotels for every budget, a good
choice of restaurants, and an active nightlife, most of which is on
or around Avenida 5, Playa's very popular promenade. In the last few
years the town has grown quickly, and local residents and the tourism
board are working hard to keep it from becoming a smaller version of
Cancún. They are encouraging builders to use the same kind of tropical,
slightly quirky architectural style that the town has become known for.
Morelos - This town 30 minutes south of Cancun remains a sleepy
little village affectionately known by the locals as "Muerto Morelos."
It has a few small hotels and rental houses, and in the vicinity are
a few secluded spa resorts. The coast is sandy and well protected by
an offshore reef, which means good snorkeling and diving nearby, but
the lack of surf means lots of seagrass and shallow water. If you're
looking for good swimming, you should head farther down the coast. If
you're looking for a quiet seaside retreat, this might work for you.
-The community at Akumal and Half Moon Bay is relatively old for this
shore, which means that it's already built up and doesn't have the boomtown
feel of Playa and Tulum. Akumal has a strong ecological orientation.
The locals are a mix of Americans and Mexicans, who enjoy the unhurried
lifestyle of the tropics, making this a good place to relax and work
on your hammock technique. There are a few hotels; most of the lodging
is rental houses. Consequently, the town is a favorite with families
who enjoy the calmness of the place and can save money by buying groceries
and cooking for themselves.
- The town of Tulum (near the ruins of the same name) has a hotel district
of about 30 palapa hotels, which stretch down the coast of the Punta
Allen peninsula. A few years ago it was mainly a destination for backpacker
types, but with some of the most beautiful beaches on this coast and
many improvements in hotel amenities, it now attracts people with bigger
budgets. Construction is booming, both in the town and along the coast.
Here you can enjoy the beach in relative solitude and quiet (unless
your hotel is busy building additional rooms). The flip side of this
is that Tulum doesn't have the variety of restaurants that Playa and
Maya -- South of Tulum lies the large Sian Ka'an Biosphere Preserve
and, beyond that, what is known as the Costa Maya, a term that designates
the rest of the coast all the way down to Belize. This coast does not
have beaches as good as those of the Riviera Maya. Most of the coast
is along the Majahual Peninsula, which is very attractive for scuba
divers and fly fishermen. Farther south is Lake Bacalar, a large, clear
freshwater lake fed by cenotes (wells or sinkholes). Inland from here
are the many fascinating ruins of the Río Bec area.
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