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Driving a rental car in the Riviera Maya allows you to explore the coastline and its many beach towns at your own pace. You can discover lesser known attractions and views, stopping off at beaches on the Caribbean Sea whenever the mood takes you.
Spend a morning in downtown Playa del Carmen for some shopping or stop for brunch in a typically hip restaurant. Then head on down the highway, pausing for a swim at Cenote Azul, a deep, natural swimming hole formed by the collapse of limestone bedrock.
Next up is one of the finest beaches on the coast at the laid-back beachfront community of Akumal. Then end your day at the ruins of Tulum, one of the last cities to be inhabited by the Maya.
Unlike the UK, Mexico drives on the right-hand side of the road, so give yourself time to adjust. With only the coastal Highway 307 linking Cancun and Tulum, driving in the Riviera Maya is very straightforward – though be aware the road is notorious for speeding locals, so it pays to be vigilant at all times. That said, this is one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in the country, with many interesting places to explore right off the highway.