Destination guide

Quintana Roo has something for everyone

Most travelers with even the smallest interest in Mexico will have heard of the Yucatan, but few will know Quintana Roo. The state encompasses a large swath of the peninsula from Cancun down to Tulum. Looking to party? You're not going to find better than the lively nightlife in Cancun. How about something more secluded? Try scoring a Quintana Roo vacation rental on the tiny island of Holbox, where vehicles are banned, and things tick along at a much different pace. Are you a history buff? You can almost feel the presence of the Mayans when you amble through the beautiful preserved sites.

Things to do

Start in the gateway to Quintana Roo

Most travelers start in Cancun, the gateway to Quintana Roo and the rest of the Yucatan. Just 40 years ago, the city was a fishing village with just 2 hotels. Fast-forward to today and things are quite different. It's a Spring Break hotspot, but if you dig around a little, there's plenty of history and culture. South of Cancun is Tulum, Mayan ruins that overlook the sea from their clifftop location. It would be unthinkable not to visit them, but if you have some extra time when you stay at the Quintana Roo vacation rental, visit Xcaret as well, to admire the ancient pyramids.


Plenty of places to cool off in Quintana Roo

With a seemingly endless coastline, you shouldn't find it difficult to score a waterfront Quintana Roo vacation rental, from which you can dip your toe on to the sand and splash around in the cool sea. Talking of cooling off, Quintana Roo is synonymous with cenotes, natural underground stalactite-laden caverns filled with crystal-clear water. If you've brought a mask and flippers, you can dive down to swim through the network or tunnels and catch a glimpse of the odd turtle. If you're staying on the tiny island of Holbox during the summer, you can dive in to swim with enormous whale sharks. Don't worry, they're completely harmless.


Sizzling weather in Quintana Roo

Peak season for Quintana Roo vacation rentals is during the dry months, between December and April. Its near perfect weather draws in vacationers looking to escape the cold winter months further north. The festive season and spring break gets particularly busy and if you plan to travel then, be sure to book up your Quintana Roo vacation rental early to avoid disappointment. To save a few bucks, consider booking up a rental in summer, when the weather is sizzling, as are the knock down prices. There might be the odd afternoon shower, but the long stretches of empty beach more than make up for it.

Natural features

Mexico's finest nature preserve in Quintana Roo

If you looking to get your wildlife spotting fix, look no further than the state's Sian Ka'an, a 1,600,000-acre biosphere reserve made up of wetlands, tropical jungle and more than 68 miles of impressive Mesoamerican Reef. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the 100 or so species of mammal that call the reserve home, including jaguars and pumas, as well as some of the 345 species of avifauna. In the reserve's waters, you'll find an equally impressive list of critters, like loggerhead and leatherback turtles, manatee and dolphins. A nature lover's paradise.

Where to stay around Quintana Roo?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 9,207 vacation rentals near Quintana Roo. From 1,624 Houses to 824 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Quintana Roo for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Quintana Roo?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Quintana Roo. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cancún: 2,160 vacation rentals
  • Playa del Carmen: 4,574 vacation rentals
  • Isla Mujeres: 1,356 vacation rentals
  • Tulum: 1,582 vacation rentals
  • Cozumel: 511 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Quintana Roo! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Quintana Roo?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Quintana Roo:

  • Cancún: 2,160 rentals
  • Playa del Carmen: 4,574 rentals
  • Isla Mujeres: 1,356 rentals
  • Tulum: 1,582 rentals
  • Akumal: 1,037 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Quintana Roo?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Quintana Roo are:

  • Cancun International Airport (CUN): 2,428 vacation rentals
  • Tulum, Quintana Roo (TUY): 1,567 vacation rentals
  • Cozumel International Airport (CZM): 5,143 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Quintana Roo?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Quintana Roo. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Akumal Beach: 910 rentals
  • Half Moon Bay: 1,908 rentals
  • Tulum Mayan Ruins: 1,822 rentals
  • Puerto Morelos Town Square: 2,928 rentals
  • San Francisco Beach: 4,339 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Quintana Roo listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Quintana Roo

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