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Top 10 Riviera Maya Towns

Updated: Jun 18, 2023

This region is bigger than many people realize. If you're thinking about moving to Mexico, let me break it down for you and hopefully help you make the right choice for your next vacation or investment.

aerial view of Bacalar Lagoon

Here are 10 of the most popular locations my clients struggle to choose from. Asking yourself some questions can greatly improve your odds of making the right choice. Your real estate professional should initiate this in-depth conversation to help land you in a property you'll be happy with for years to come.

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1. Tulum is a hotspot for celebrities, vegan hippies, and wellness gurus of all kinds. It's basically where the cool kids go.

2.Playa Del Carmen is more of a fun area for over 30’s, families and hip retirees with endless nightlife options along the world famous 5th Avenue.

3. Cancun is a bustling metropolis, perfect for business people who need quick access to the airport and aren’t as concerned about living close to the beach.

There are smaller towns such as Puerto Morelo, Akumal and Puerto Aventuras that each have their own vibe.

4. Puerto Morelos is surprisingly touristic for it’s small size. The beach or port side of town is rife with cute Airbnb’s and trinket vendors.

5. Akumal is quaint, not as touristy and has decent real estate prices. It's very walkable and offers great food over in the pueblo. Their paid access beach is kept very clean and is home to a turtle sanctuary.

6. Puerto Aventuras is a more affluent, gated community centred around a marina for the boaters. You have to try the berry mix smoothie with whipped cream from Bamboo!

7. This is more of a category than a specific town. For those who prefer rural living we have a handful of small, lesser known towns that are like the hidden gems of Riviera Maya. These include Chemuyil, Francisco Uh May and numerous other authentic small Mexican towns and Mayan villages.

Other touristic areas of Riviera Maya worth mentioning are Mahahual and Bacalar.

8. Mahahual is a small village about 2 hours south of Tulum. They have a beautiful boardwalk and host cruise ships daily. Due to the high number of tourists there is a somewhat obnoxious number of souvenir vendors lining the boardwalk, sometimes detracting from the experience but Mahahual is breathtakingly beautiful and definitely worth considering if you’re looking for a longer term investment or perhaps early pricing on beachfront property. You can still get a residential beachfront building lot down there for around $125k. There is none of that left in the more developed areas I mentioned first.

9. Bacalar is another very small town with not much going on besides the restaurants and shops by the water but there is huge potential for long term investment. What makes it unique is the fact that it's a lagoon and not on the ocean at all. Many tourists and investors are shying away from beach towns now due to the pesky sargassum that shows up seasonally. Bacalar being an inland freshwater lagoon solves that problem and offers gorgeous waterfront properties with private piers, priced generally between $500k - $1m. They also have some nice modern condo developments coming up with very reasonable prices. Due to the slow but steady development, I do expect to see at least a supermarket in the town in the near future.

10. Another option for those who don’t care for sargassum is Cozumel. This island is very popular with Canadians and scuba divers from around the world. The west side of the island offers protection from the seaweed on most days as it comes from the east. Island residents also tell me the air is fresher on the North side so look for projects on the Northwest side and you'll be winning!

If you would like to see some examples if listings in any of these areas, give me a call/WhatsApp +52-984-268-2428 or email:

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