2. Soak up the sun on Isla Mujeres
Although it’s a mere 25-minute boat ride from mainland Cancun, Isla Mujeres remains one of the Mayan Riviera’s best-kept secrets. The biggest draw to the largely undeveloped island is Playa Norte (North Beach)—widely-regarded as one of Mexico’s best beaches on account of its picturesque palms, incredibly soft sand and positively luminous waters. Having soaked up the sun and surf, rent a golf cart (the island’s sole form of transportation), and follow the coast down to the southern shore. Here, you’ll find a series of spectacular cliffs where the rays of the rising sun first touch Mexican soil.