Driving Mexico’s Riviera Maya (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum): From modern resorts to Mayan ruins    

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We continue our Mexico road trip series with Chuck Bolotin, from Best Places in the World to Retire, as he, his wife, and two dogs drive through Mexico in a large, white van. Chuck invites us to come along to see what it’s like to visit Mexico’s famous Riviera Maya, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, and Tulum: from Modern Resorts to Mayan Ruins.

If you want to travel by any vehicle in the Riviera Maya (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum and everything in between), you’ll have to take the main highway.  As in every other place in Mexico we’ve been, this means driving amongst Mexicans who drive way too fast to be safe, and lots of ill-advised passing. In addition, there are “returnos.”

The simplest, most non-threatening definition of a “retorno” is…

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The writer's wife on Tulum beach. (PHOTO: Chuck Bolotin)
The writer’s wife on Tulum beach. (PHOTO: Chuck Bolotin)