Welcome to Quintana Roo
Quintana Roo is home to Mexico’s top destinations: Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya. It is located in the southeast of the country, an area known for its tourist vocation, its Mayan archaeological sites, its cenotes and the exotic landscapes formed by the jungle. From being a practically uninhabited place it became an important recipient of migrants due to the economic boom derived from the tourist industry, the third in importance for Mexico.
In Quintana Roo you can find all types of lodging, from hostels and cabins by the sea in Holbox, Tulum, Bacalar and Mahahual, to All Inclusive hotels in the Cancun Hotel Zone and the Riviera Maya corridor. Every year it attracts millions of tourists looking to vacation on its beaches bathed by the Caribbean Sea and enter the enigmatic Mayan world.
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Quintana Roo Information
Tourist routes in Quintana Roo for traveling by car:
The tourist routes in Quintana Roo are well defined, as the state trust promotes the northern zone and the southern zone as two destinations with different experiences.
If you travel north of Quintana Roo, that is, to Cancun and the Riviera Maya, it will be very easy to travel through its different tourist attractions, beaches and parks like Xcaret, Xel-Ha and Xplor. In case you want to visit the island of Holbox, it will be necessary to leave your car in a parking lot in the town of Chiquilá to cross by the ferry. Do the same to get to Isla Mujeres from Cancun and to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen. Do not forget to visit the archaeological sites of Tulum and Cobá!
You can also do the Cenotes Route, which starts at the height of Puerto Morelos and includes the cenotes Siete Bocas, Mojarras, Boca de Puma and many others.
In Grand Costa Maya, as it is known to the southern zone of Quintana Roo, you can visit places like the Laguna de Bacalar, the beaches of Mahahual and the city of Chetumal, home to an interesting museum and from where you can access the Free Zone Belize, just 15 minutes away. This part of the state is characterized by having simpler hotels and offering a more relaxed tourist experience than Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
Among the main roads in Quintana Roo is the 307, which crosses the entire state and connects practically all its cities, from Cancun to Chetumal. To go to Yucatan and Merida from Cancún, you can take highway 180 with a stop in Valladolid. If you want to get there faster, it is recommended to turn off the 180D freeway at El Tintal.
If you travel to Yucatan from Playa del Carmen, you can take the 305D freeway to reach the 180D freeway at El Tintal, or go on the 307 road and turn off at 109 in the height of Tulum to not pay a toll, although the route is longer.
In case you want to get to Merida from Chetumal, take the highway 307, merge onto the 293 and finally drive on the 184 when you reach the village of Polyuc.
Most important cities:
According to the last National Census conducted in 2010, the most populated cities of Quintana Roo are:
Cancun, with 628, 306 inhabitants
Chetumal, with 151, 243 inhabitants
Playa del Carmen, with 149, 923 inhabitants
San Miguel de Cozumel, with 77, 236 inhabitants