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The leaping-off point for the Riviera Maya, Cancun is the gateway to gorgeous beaches, outstanding natural beauty and ancient ruined cities. Head south towards Tulum, a chilled little beach town close to the most extraordinary Mayan ruins. Cancun’s dry season runs from November to April, with February to April having the lowest rainfall. By March, the sea is warming up so it’s a great month for swimming.
Once the private hideaway of an Italian duchess, the hotel still feels like a beautiful tropical home.
For a great Mexican taco experience, head to friendly El Fogon in Playa del Carmen (there are two branches there, both of which are great).