9 Absolutely Breathtaking Choices for Relaxing in Quintana Roo.

Have you been wondering whether you can travel to Mexico? Then, good news, the short answer is yes! Always be sure to check updated rules and safety alerts when traveling internationally, directly with the U. S. Department of State.  While Mexico has a level 3: “Reconsider Travel” warning, some areas of Mexico are more lenient or stricter by saying specifically “DO NOT TRAVEL”.  It is important to look up the parts of the country that you plan to travel to and don’t forget to enroll your trip in the Smart Traveller Enrollment Plan (STEP) to receive regular alerts that could affect your travels.  This helped alert us to protests in the area while we were in both Marseilles, France and in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  You never know what changes can happen that can affect your travels from political to environmental hazards and natural disasters.

The state department advises to exercise extreme caution due to crime but also has no travel restictions on government employees in Quintana Roo which includes the tourist areas of Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya.

That remains up to you but be advised that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advise staying home as the best defense from COVID-19. The CDC currently lists Mexico as a level 3: High Risk for COVID-19.

  • U.S. citizens are permitted to enter and do not need a Visa but you can only enter through commercial flights.
  • A negative COVID test is NOT required for entry.
  • Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry.
  • Local curfews may be in place and are not universal.
  • There may be restrictions on intercity/interstate travel.
  • U. S. citizens are not required to quarantine.
  • Public beaches are open.
  • Face masks in public is mandatory.
  • Only one person per family can enter essential businesses.
  • 60 percent max capacity for Hotels, tourism, recreation, beaches and public parks, religious services, hair salons, malls, and cinemas.
  • Schools, bars, clubs, and nightlife activities remain closed.
  • Cozumel has in effect a nightly curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all U.S. consulates general in Mexico suspended routine consular and visa services March 18 due to COVID-19.
  • U.S. citizens in need of 24/7 emergency assistance should call (55) 8526 2561 from Mexico or 1 (844) 528-6611 from the United States.
  • Mexican immigration (INM) announced October 1 it had the authority to return, fine, or jail foreign travelers who do not comply with sanitary measures, such as wearing masks, participating in health screening, or not traveling with COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms at ports of entry and exit, immigration checkpoints throughout Mexico, and immigration stations and offices.

Whether or not to travel right now remains to be a personal decision.  As always, I hope you wander safely and consider not only the risk to yourself but also the impact your travels have on the environment and communities that you visit.

So, why Quintana Roo? – the beautiful beaches and for now, they’re still uncrowded offering the relaxing vacation we crave.

Stay in Quintana Roo

We could argue over which part of Quintana Roo to see but honestly, it’s all beautiful. For me, I found Tulum to be very touristy, as soon as we got off the tour bus, vendors were throwing hats on us and trying to make us pay for them. Were there still some pushy vendors in Mahahual, of course, but it didn’t feel as overwhelming. I believe our current mindset and world view plays a lot into our experiences as well. I was much more open and free-thinking when I went to Mahahual verses one of my first times visiting Mexico. If we were in normal times, I’d say ditch the resorts and adventure on your own.

For current times and newer travelers, my recommendation is to go with the Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum areas for popular family style all-inclusives. One reason is because the places you may want to visit still need the revenue generated from tourism but also cannot sustain the possible risks to their community. For that reason, it might be better to stay in the tourist areas and limit the wandering into the other areas of interest.

There are many ways to support the smaller communities with the most important way being to respect the rules and requirements. Continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.

You can also support charities like Global Giving which has over 100 projects that you can help fund including “Higher education for indigenous women in Mexico” and “Protecting Marine Ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico“.

Now is also a great time to be thinking about how to grow our efforts in sustainable tourism.

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These hotels and resorts made TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2020 list with the top 5 being among the Best of the Best. They offer amenities such as private beaches, swim out villas, babysitting services, free WiFi, spas, fitness centers, multiple pools, oceanviews, dining choices, suites, and some family rooms. Whether you ditch the kids or bring them along, you’ll enjoy a few days of rest and relaxation at these top picks.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

3,204 reviews

#2 of 268 Hotels in Playa del Carmen

The SafeSanctuary Seal demonstrates the rigor of Protect, Provide and Prevent, to assure all guests and associates of the Group’s enhanced health and safety measures at all guest touch points as they plan, book and stay with us. This programme has over 40 areas of enhanced protocols, including screening procedures, hygiene stations, and redesigned processes throughout the guest and associate experience.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun (Adults Only)

7,442 reviews

#1 of 234 Hotels in Cancun

A stay at Le Blanc includes lavish accommodations, 24-hour room service, world-class dining,wireless Internet, in-room double whirlpool tubs, butler service, spa hydrotherapy area, nightly turn down service, unlimited phone calls to the Continental U.S., Canada and landlines in Mexico, and much more.

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Rosewood Mayakoba

2,278 reviews

#3 of 268 Hotels in Playa del Carmen

Embraced by emerald lagoons, mangrove jungle and a pristine white-sand beach, Rosewood Mayakoba offers a private world of rarefied beauty along Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

Rosewood Mayakoba

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort

8,061 reviews

#1 of 22 Hotels in Akumal

Be swept away by the breathtaking oceanfront views from your private room! All rooms come with either one King or two Double Beds with a couch that could potentially sleep one more.

Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort

Cabanas Tulum

1,035 reviews

#4 of 166 Hotels in Tulum

Located on a wide stretch of beautiful beach, surrounded by coconut trees and the turquoise sea, in Tulum, Mexico. It’s the perfect place to relax and reunite with nature.

Cabanas Tulum
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The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences

14,488 reviews

#14 of 268 Hotels in Playa del Carmen

Hugging the white sand coast of the Caribbean Sea, The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences offers a luxurious vacation retreat in Riviera Maya, Mexico. With its chic, modern architecture at water’s edge and authentic Yucatan spirit, our AAA Four Diamond hotel is an idyllic escape for family vacations, romantic getaways, destination weddings, and honeymoons in Playa del Carmen.

The Fives

Ocean Maya Royale

9,454 reviews

#37 of 268 Hotels in Playa del Carmen

The Ocean Maya Royale is the ideal resort for anyone looking for an easy-going and exclusive atmosphere where they can relax with their partner or have fun with friends. Recommended for adults above 18 years, the hotel features a broad range of services: an elaborate selection of gastronomic fare, leisure packages designed for adults, specialized services and much more.

Ocean Maya Royale

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

6,727 reviews

#55 of 166 Hotels in Tulum

As we prepare to welcome you back to our beautiful beachfront resorts, we’re committed to redefining your travel journey with our best-in-class CleanComplete Verification™ practices. While health and safety have always been our top priorities, these new protocols further elevate our standards of quality and cleanliness, enabling you to vacation at any AMResorts® property with the ultimate peace of mind

Dreams Resorts
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Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

9,388 reviews

#8 of 38 Hotels in Puerto Morelos

Set along a natural white-sand beach in the Riviera Maya, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the crystal-clear Caribbean, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is a luxurious oasis for couples and families. Ideally located close to the excitement of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, this AAA Four Diamond resort is an enchanting wonderland of glistening pools and impressive ocean views with unique octagonal-shaped rooms and suites.

Dreams Resorts
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