This part of the year is a slog. Holidays are over and the summer is far too distant to contemplate, so we wait patiently for rain, remind ourselves to stack all tax-related mail over there, and drum our fingers on the table. But there’s another option, and a better use of your time: Throw sarong and sandals into your smallest suitcase and find a white beach with bent palms and a sapphire sea. SoCal weather and the IRS—not to mention the primaries—will chug along just fine without you.
This brief geographical description is a siren song in itself: Riviera Maya is the newish name for the “Cancun-Tulum Corridor,” a stretch of coastline along the Yucatan Peninsula hugging the island of Cozumel, and home to the Belize Barrier Reef. Every bit as idyllic and private as the Seychelles, the white sand, turquoise waters, and lush, verdant coastline feels a world away from Orange County.
Differences: Riviera Maya is famous for it’s cave diving, mangrove forests, and active archeology. Plus, it’s a shorter plane ride. Suites boast rooftop sundecks, terraces that look upon nothing but ocean, private pools, boat docks, and bathrooms sheltered within private gardens. And the wellness spa? Meditation platforms, steam grottos, and “experiential showers.” Accommodations from $875 per night; for more information, visit .