Cancun was once a remote 12-family fishing village. Today the area greets some 3.3 million visitors annually. Though Cancun’s robust nightlife is well known, you can manage to steer clear of alcohol infused spring breakers. Diversions among Mayan ruins and idyllic beaches are plentiful.

Towering above a dramatic coastline hinged by a blanket of greenish blue hues, Tulum provides possibly the most striking views of any archaeological site in Riveria Maya. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Mayas. The Castillo (castle), the most prominent of the remaining structures, is perched on the rim of a limestone cliff, and overlooks the Caribbean coast. Avoid the rush of tour groups by visiting Tulum in the early morning or late afternoon. Bring your bathing suit, and head down to the beach post-tour.

If you crave the Cancun nightlife, there are plenty of places to enjoy. Choose from live music venues, lounge bars and nightclubs.