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I’ve been traveling to Cancun for as long as I can remember and as a matter of fact it was the first place I visited where I was able to use my passport…yeah, it was kind of a big deal. Cancun was the place to go and the place to be for any time off during college whether it be Spring Break, Memorial Day Weekend, or Labor Day. And with a flight that is only a few hours from Houston, this tourist friendly destination makes for a hassle-free and easy breezy getaway. If you are looking for a place to vacation and restaurants, nightlife and shopping are at the forefront of your plans, then Cancun is definitely the spot for you. And if you are an adventure buff, then Adventure Park must make your list and a little bar hopping will ensure the fun continues through the night.

Located only 20 minutes from the Cancun airport, Riviera Maya stretches for nearly 100 miles. When people ask me to describe Riviera Maya, I say it is the “adult” version of Cancun. Yes, Cancun does offer family friendly options but the Riviera Maya rolls at a slower pace. You could spend a day at the spa, wine and dine on Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue, go snorkeling at Xel-Há (known as the largest aquarium in the world), or take a swim while you drift by the only archaeological site located by the sea. You can finish your day partaking in various cultural adventures and there is much to see and just as much to do. It’s all the stuff you love about Cancun minus tequila worm shots, but quite honestly you can have that too! Riviera Maya is a great fit for the explorer.

Even though the areas are similar in many ways, they each offer something unique. I am a firm believer in having it your way and I say, do both! Spend a few days in Cancun and make your way up the coast to Riviera Maya, or vice versa. Whether you prefer to travel solo, are in need of a girls only getaway, or want to have a fun filled vacation with the family, opt for the destination that gives you the best bang for your buck.

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Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.

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