I've been fascinated by this place for a while now. It's got it all - sugar white sand, turquoise seas, balmy ocean breezes, cool local restaurants and bars, and to top it all off? Ancient Mayan ruins. On Mexico's east coast, far to the south of the bustling tourist mecca/concrete jungle of Cancun. Welcome to paradise: Tulum, Mexico.
While it houses plenty of comfortable accommodations and restaurants catering to all budgets, incredibly, Tulum remains largely untouched by overwhelming development. Though travelers won't be able to rely on cell phone signals and Wi-Fi can be spotty, travel to Tulum's far flung reaches rewards you with remote idylls on the sea. In other words, you'll find yourself pretty close to Heaven on earth.