Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya: A Day at Halfmoon Bay

Beach #20 on the Countdown to the Best Beach in the Riviera Maya: Halfmoon Bay

If you are in the Riviera Maya, you cannot miss a day at the Halfmoon Bay, in Akumal. Experience this small town, walk around and enjoy the beauty of the beach, the Yal Ku lagoon and the cenotes in the area.

Akumal is located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, south of Cancun. An ideal destination for a relaxing day trip, partaking in water sports such as snorkeling, sport fishing or just sunbathing and enjoying a cold beverage.

Akumal in the Mayan language means “Land of turtles” and it is still one of the favorite places for these marine animals to lay their eggs. Three species can be found around Akumal regularly: the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). Year-round you can find juvenile green turtles feeding in the bays and nesting along the reef.

Akumal with its protected shallow bay, secluded beaches and a nearby reefs it is one of the most peaceful places in the Riviera Maya. Everything to enjoy a wonderful day in paradise!

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Halfmoon Bay: Getting there

If you are interested in visiting Akumal and everything it has to offer, there is several ways to get there:

Driving a Rental Car: If you are coming from Cancun or Playa del Carmen you need to get on the federal highway 307 southbound towards Tulum (65 miles from Cancun/ 22 from Playa del Carmen). There are plenty of signs and once you get into Akumal, try to park your car at the entrance parking lot, as parking spaces are limited inside of the community.

Taking a Van/Taxi: This might be convenient if you are not planning to do other activities and just want to spend the day at Akumal. Ask around at the airport or taxi station, shop around on the internet and try to find the best fare.

Public Transportation:

Colectivos: If you are on a budget, Colectivos are a good way to get to Akumal. They are white mini vans (10-14 passengers) that drive between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, all along the 307 federal highway. To stop them wave your hand. Once the van stops get in and tell the driver where you want to go and ask for the price to your destination. The fare from Playa to Akumal costs approximately $2 US.

Buses: ADO is an excellent option and they offer direct buses between different destinations in the Riviera Maya. Bus stations are located in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum and they also offer an airport shuttle service from Cancun International Airport to Playa del Carmen or Tulum. If you choose to use the ADO, you can take a cab or collectivo to get to Akumal from Playa or Tulum.

HalfMoon Bay: Things to do

There is so many things to do around Akumal! Here is some of our favorites:

  • Have a delicious scone and fresh coffee at the Turtle Bay Bakery, they have delicious breakfasts, coffees and pastries.
  • Walk on the bay or rent a bike and explore the town.
  • Go snorkeling and look around for turtles!
  • Visit the Yalku Lagoon: Laguna Yal-ku is surrounded amongst trees and has a nice restaurant, and perfect views. It is a perfect spot for snorkeling, as there is no waves and there is plenty of fish to see. Admission was $10 for adults and $6 for kids and equipment rentals is additional, there are lockers, an outdoor shower and changing rooms.
  • Snorkel or kayak around the bay, enjoy the white sandy beaches or just sun bathe and relax.
  • Stop at La Buena Vida for a nice lunch or dinner and enjoy the views! Lay around in their hammocks and lounge chairs, or take a dip at their pool, or if you are feeling daring you can climb the tree house where you can have drinks!

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Halfmoon Bay: Recommendations

  • The beach at Half Moon Bay is mainly sandy, but there are rocky areas both inside and outside the water. Bring your water shoes to keep your feet safe!
  • Snorkeling is a great activity at Halfmoon Bay, make sure to buy or rent your equipment so that you are ready for the adventure.
  • Parking areas are limited, if possible park in the parking lot at the entrance of the town
  • Do not forget to bring your biodegradable suntan lotion and insect repellent, the turtles and fish might be affected by harsh toxics.

Learn about the different beaches throughout the Riviera Maya, and count down with us to the Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya every Friday.

If you are looking for the perfect beach, follow our blog and learn about other popular, local hot spots. We aim to provide you with the best information about living in the Riviera Maya!

Owning a place in Mexico is very easy, if you have the right team by your side! We have the credentials and expertise, let us guide you through the process from daydreaming to holding the keys to your dreams home in Mexico!

And remember, here at Top Mexico Real Estate…

We make it happen!

Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya: A Day at Mamitas Beach

Beach #21 on the Countdown to the Best Beach in the Riviera Maya: Mamitas Beach

Mamitas Beach is the most famous beach in all of Playa del Carmen, it is a place where you go to see and be seen. Mamitas Beach has a modern vibrant atmosphere, and there are lots of beautiful people sunbathing, relaxing and enjoying the music.

Mamitas Beach has the best the Caribbean has to offer, the white fine sand and turquoise blue water, with amazing views of Cozumel located across the sea and the hottest people in Playa walking by.

This is an excellent beach to spend a relaxing day, there is several beach clubs where you can lay on a beach chair and enjoy a tropical drink while catching some sun. Because Mamitas Beach is so popular it can be somewhat crowded, especially on weekends. This is not a peaceful, tranquil beach, this is a happen place to go and have fun.

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Mamitas Beach: Getting there

Getting to Mamitas beach is quite easy once you are in Playa del Carmen, it is located on street 28th and the beach.

If you are coming from the Cancun International Airport, take the Federal 307 Highway towards Playa del Carmen. Once in Playa, take the Calle 34 exit and turn right towards the beach.

Getting a parking space near Mamitas can be tricky, if you are arriving early you might be lucky and find a parking spot near the beach; otherwise try parking a few blocks from the beach.

Mamitas Beach: Things to do

Mamitas might sound like a party place, and indeed it is a really cool place to spend time surrounded by young, attractive people and enjoy the excellent service provided by the local beach clubs.

But there is more to do than party at Mamitas, while the guest are sleeping in and recovering from the previous day of parting; Mamitas it is an ideal spot for a morning walk, swimming, meditation or even some yoga. After that, stop by Kool, one of the beach clubs on Mamitas and enjoy their all you can eat breakfast buffet for only 130 pesos (about 9 USD).

The beach clubs in the area have a wide array of entertainment and the prices are quite reasonable, about 2 USD for a beer. If you open a tab for food and drinks, you might get to use one of their lounge chairs and enjoy the views, live music and entertainment.

Mamitas Beach: Things to do on a budget

If you are on a budget, there are plenty of small restaurants on 28th street, our staffs favorites are:

La Tavola dello Squalo

This is a local place, specializing in burgers. It is a good cheap option to have a filling meal for a lower price, the flavor and quality of their ingredients is quite good and you can also get the burgers to go and enjoy them on the beach!

Calle 28 between 1st Ave. & Cozumel Ave.

Mamitas Beach, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

(984) 803-1111

El Burro Playero

This is a very popular local chain, offerings Burritos stuffed with meat, chicken and seafood. There is also vegetarian options and soft drinks, it is a good option to buy and take for a picnic at the beach!

Mamitas Beach

Calle 28 & Mar Caribe (Mamitas Beach)

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

BRO Chetas

This is a small restaurant specialized in Kebabs, the prices are quite reasonable and the kebabs are quite good. Another fast and cheap option to recharge your tank before going back to the beach for the day!

Calle 28 between 1st Ave and Mamitas Beach


(984) 803-2566

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Mamitas Beach: Recommendations

  • If you would like to spend the day at a beach club, remember that everything is more crowded and expensive during high season. Make sure to be there early to get a good lounge chair!
  • If you visit Kool Beach Club and enjoy their delicious breakfast, you can stay and enjoy the premises free of charge.
  • If you are on a budget, all beaches are public so bring a blanket, food and drinks and enjoy.
  • If you live in the area, ask if they have special prices for locals. Most places will offer a local discount on drinks, food and services, especially during the low season.

Learn about the different beaches throughout the Riviera Maya, and count down with us to the Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya every Friday.

If you are looking for the perfect beach, you can follow our blog and learn about other local popular spots. We aim to provide you with the best information about living in the Riviera Maya!

Top Mexico Real Estate is a local American-Owned company that specializes in helping foreigners become homeowners in Mexico. We have the credentials and expertise and we are here to help you find your dream home in Mexico.

And remember, here at Top Mexico Real Estate…

We make it happen!

The Best Budget Friendly Seafood Tacos in the Riviera Maya!

The Riviera Maya is a foodie’s paradise, with people from all over the world setting down roots in this beautiful country, and bringing their traditional, cultural recipes with them. Causing a fusion of culture and flavors with so many restaurants that you are sure to find one that suit your mood.

Set right on the Caribbean Sea, the Riviera Maya is known for its fresh seafood caught daily by the local fisherman.  There are so many options, you could have fish, shrimp, octopus, calamari, the list goes on and on, and you can’t visit the Riviera Maya without trying the seafood tacos. Trust me, you will not be disappointed and they will probably go down in the books as the best seafood tacos you have ever eaten. Here are the top budget friend, delicious spots to enjoy the best seafood tacos around.

La Floresta

La Floresta is a no frills, large outdoor restaurant with delicious food. The food is so good that the restaurant is always full. This is a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike.

Immediately upon arriving you are served a bowl of homemade chips and Pico de Gallo, which is to die for. I suggest ordering the fresh fish tacos which are fried, light and crispy, cooked to perfection and the shrimp tacos which are delicious, they are both served in a homemade tortilla.  The tacos at La Floresta are only 20 pesos each. They also have a variety of ceviches and ice cold beer.

La Floresta is a cash only restaurant and they close early, so make sure to get there before 6:00pm.

La Floresta: Playa del Carmen

14 Norte and the Carretera federal highway

Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo

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Chiltepin has really good food, ice cold beers and a small pool that you can take a dip in. What’s not to love!

This is one of my favorite place, it has reasonable prices good food with a mix of tourist and local alike. They offer a variety of tacos ranging from 22 – 40 pesos, so mix and match and try different flavors. They also have fresh ceviche and if you are not a fan of seafood they have arrachera tacos, hamburgers and beer bucket specials.

Chiltepin: Playa del Carmen

Calle 34 and 15th Avenue

Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo

(984) 147-2487

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Los Aguachiles

Los Aguachiles is a popular restaurant in the Riviera Maya, so expect to see a crowd outside and to have to wait for a table. Los Aguachiles has many delicious menu items and a wide variety of seafood platters including aguachiles, tostadas, tacos and several others!

I have tried all the tacos on the menu and I can’t pick a favorite, they are all so delicious. We often bring our friends or family who are in town to Los Aguachiles and it is always a huge hit. Feel free to experiment at this restaurant because you will not be disappointed!

Los Aguachilies: Constituyentes                                                   Los Aguachilies: Playa 34                                                            

Ave. Constituyentes Mz. 63 Lt. 3                                                   Calle 34 and 25th Ave.

Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo                                                               Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo

Los Aguachilies: Tulum                                                                   Los Aguachiles: Cancun

Ave. Tulum MZA. 40 LTE. 1 Centro                                                Ave. Nichupte MZA. 4 LTE. 1 Super MZA. 17

Tulum, Q. Roo                                                                                   Cancun, Q. Roo

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Mateo’s is a beautiful place with a jungle setting to have a nice dinner. The price at Mateo’s ranges from 70 – 280 pesos, which is reasonable for Tulum.

The restaurant features a coffee shop, a bar and the restaurant, so there is something to suit everyone’s mood! Their classic margaritas is one of the best I have ever had. Mateo’s offers grilled fish, battered fish or shrimp tacos served on a flour or corn tortilla. The platter comes with four tacos, a side order of rice and beans for 120 – 170 pesos and you can also add a salad for 40 pesos. If you do not like seafood there are plenty of other options such as burgers, fajitas, and burritos.

Mateo’s: Tulum

Tulum Beach Road-Boca Paila KM 5.2

Zona hotelera Tulum, Q. Roo

(984) 179-4160

We hope you enjoy the gorgeous beaches, the beautiful sunsets, and the delicious restaurants in the Riviera Maya. Keep posted for more popular places to eat at around town!

And remember, here at TOP MEXICO REAL ESTATE…

We make it happen!

Driving in the Riviera Maya: FAQ’s

You have planned everything and are feeling more and more ready for your trip to the wonderful Riviera Maya. If you are planning a discovery trip you have booking your flight and hotel and you start to wonder what about transportation?  Should I take a taxis or bus or should I rent a car? Maybe you are planning to move into your beautiful, new real estate property and you have packed everything up and you find yourself wondering how will I get around? Should I use public transportation or should I bring my car with me or should I invest in one when I get there.

The answer to those questions are always going to be different, depending on the objective of your trip, the places you are planning to visit and the length of your stay. In a previous article I talked about how to get around using a taxi or public transportation. Let’s discuss owning or rent a car and driving in the Riviera Maya.

Here are some of the frequently asked questions we have received from our clients planning a trip to the Mayan Riviera.

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1.  How safe is it to drive in the Riviera Maya?

In general, the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan Peninsula are very safe, the roads are in good condition and there are clearly marked road signs along the way. There are a few check-points in the outskirts of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, mainly the police are trying to deter people from smuggling drugs or other forbidden articles; they might ask for your documents, they may ask to check your trunk and then send you on your way.

2.   Do I need to get a special driver’s license?

No, if you are a tourist just make sure your driver’s license from your home country is valid. If you want to be extra-cautious you can get an International Driver’s Permit, but it is not required.

3.   What do I do if I get stopped by the police?

Above all, keep calm; have your documents ready such as your driver’s license, ID, Tarjeta de Circulación* and proof of insurance (*circulation permit for the car, if your car is rented this documents should be in the glove compartment).

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4.   Is it safe to get my car into Mexico?

That depends, many people have done it and had no trouble at all and some have shared horror stories. There is some crime on the northern border of Mexico, if you are coming from the U.S. or Canada, it might be safer to ship your car and less of a hassle then driving your car across a foreign country.

My friend recently drove a newer car with American plates from the U.S. all the way to Riviera Maya without any problems. They said that they always felt safe and never saw any signs of violence or danger during their drive.

If you are considering bringing your car, you need to consider the following:

  • If I get stopped by the police do I know my rights? Do I speak enough Spanish to understand and be understood by the police?
  • Am I planning to drive all the way back to my home country?
  • A foreign car cannot be sold to a Mexican citizen, if you are planning to sell it and fly back home you might have to leave your car, unless you find another foreigner willing to buy it from you.
  • Is this car a popular brand or style in Mexico? Can I find a garage, parts or services for it?
  • Am I planning to stay for longer than six months? Am I going to drive to the border to renew the 6 month permit for my car?

5.   What do I have to keep in mind while driving in the Riviera Maya?

Driving tests in Mexico are not as strict as in other countries. I got my Playa del Carmen driver’s license by taking a 3 hour theory class, passing a theory test and a driving test that was basically driving around the block once.

Once in the Riviera Maya you need to keep the following in mind:

  • There are a lot of people that ignores the most basic driving laws, be extra cautious when driving in cities like Cancun and Playa del Carmen. There will be people trying to overtake you on the left lane, people trying to make a right or left turn from the center lane, people ignoring your indicators when you want to park, etc.
  • The Mayan Riviera gets millions of visitors every year, and they are unfamiliar with the roads. As a rule of thumb, if you see a car with red digits you’ll know it’s a rental, give that person extra space to maneuver and figure out where they want to go.
  • Cancun and Playa have lots of one way roads, keep your eyes open for signs or incoming traffic. Do not trust your GPS, sometimes it will try to send you on a one way street!
  • Taxi drivers are the worst, they drive like maniacs, stay away from them!
  • There are a lot of people traveling on bikes, mopeds and motorcycles: keep your eyes open as they ignore all the rules: they might try to overtake you from your left, move forward when the traffic is stationary going in between the cars and so many other maneuvers. Be careful!
  • Keep your eyes open for TOPES (speed bumps), they lurk everywhere and can damage your car. Sometimes they are unmarked and can seem to come out of nowhere. You can find them in the cities, in the little towns and even on the main road that connects Cancun and Tulum (Highway 307).

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Here at Top Mexico Real Estate we aim to provide you with the best information about living in Mexico.  If you are considering buying a property, we have the perfect home in paradise waiting for you!

We are a local American-Owned company, and we have helped thousands of foreigners become homeowners in Mexico. If you would like to make your dream of having a home in Mexico a realty, please contact us!

And remember, here at Top Mexico Real Estate…

We make it happen!

Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya: A Day at Soliman Bay

Beach #22 on the Countdown to the Best Beach in the Riviera Maya: Soliman Bay

Soliman Bay is one of the few places in the Riviera Maya where you get a sense of relaxation, solitude and privacy. If you visit Soliman Bay, you will find that there are no big hotels or crowds and the coast is mostly undeveloped, providing a break from many other popular destinations in the Riviera Maya.

This Bay has calm seas year around, thanks to the reef that blocks the big waves and undercurrents, making it ideal for families and water sports lovers. The beach is sandy, with a few rocks here and there; wearing water shoes is recommended to avoid injuries or cuts on your feet.

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Soliman Bay: Getting there

This secluded beach beauty is located in the heart of Riviera Maya, but it offers a private, secluded feel for its visitors.

If you are traveling from Cancun, take the Federal Road 307 southbound and drive 65 miles (about an hour and fifteen minutes), you will pass Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Akumal. Soliman Bay is 9 miles south of Akumal (approximately 20 minutes), so keep your eyes open for the entrance. You can look for signs for the Oscar y Lalo restaurant, on the right hand side of the road and you reach Tulum you have gone too far.

Soliman Bay: Things to do

Keep in mind that Soliman Bay is a small semi-private gated community, there are a few villas and the owners value their privacy. The easiest way to access the beach at Soliman Bay is to visit one of their popular restaurants such as Chamico’s or the Sahara Cafe and enjoy a cold drink and let their professional staff pamper you.

The other way to experience this beautiful place is to stay in one of the hotels or vacation rentals and enjoy this unspoiled piece of paradise! Some of the things you can do during your stay at Soliman Bay is sunbathing, relaxing and enjoy a tropical drink. You could also go for a walk on the beach, kayak in the bay or go snorkel on the reef.

Remember that Soliman Bay is located between Akumal and Tulum, so if you want a little bit more action you could book a day tour or visit one of the many local attractions!

Soliman Bay: Recommendations

  • There is no way to access Soliman Bay beach for free, you have to be a guest or visit one of the local restaurants.
  • Most of the hotels with restaurant will let you enjoy a meal there, but just to be on the safe side make a reservation ahead of time.
  • Do not forget to bring your water shoes and snorkeling gear!
  • There is not a lot of tourism in the area so it is wise to bring cash with you; the closest ATM’s are in Tulum or Akumal.

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Learn about the different beaches throughout the Riviera Maya, and count down with us to the Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya every Friday.

Top Mexico Real Estate is your one and only stop for everything regarding the Riviera Maya. We have the credentials and expertise and we are here to help you find your dream home in Mexico.

And remember, here at Top Mexico Real Estate…

We make it happen!

Tipping in Mexico: 5 Things You Need to Know!

Mexico is a beautiful country full of diverse landscapes, a rich cultural heritage and prideful people. One of the things that stand out to many visitors is the joy by which Mexicans live their day to day lives, always with a smile on their face. This is evident when it comes to the staff working in customer service. You will often receive excellent service in Mexico that exceeds your expectations and that is when the question arises…

When and how much should I tip in Mexico?

There are the traditional tips we all give to waiters, bartenders and hotel maids, but there are also many other situations unique to Mexico where a tips are welcome, and it’s important for travelers or foreigners living in Mexico to know about these customs.

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  1. Restaurants and Bars: If you eating at a taco cart where one person is serving, cooking and charging you for the food it is not necessary to tip. If you are dining at a small business and there is a person who brings food to your table and takes care of you, you should leave at least a10% tip based on consumption. If you are dining in a fine dining establishment the tip should be at least 15% and if you receive exceptional service you might want to leave a 20% tip. Many restaurants in Mexico pay their server’s minimum wage and the server share their tips with the other staff members such as the bartenders, kitchen and cleaning crew. Tipping really makes the difference for these people and their families.

2.    Gas Station Attendant: In Mexico, all gas stations have full service attendants, meaning you will never have to pump your own gas again. Many of the attendants work on a voluntary basis and they depend on your tips to survive. For a regular service of filling your car with gas and cleaning your windshield, you can tip 5 pesos, if you need additional services such as checking the oil or the air in your tires, or vacuuming out the inside of your car, a 15 – 20 pesos tip is adequate.

3.    Groceries Bagger: This is another example of voluntary work, where school child or elderly people bag your groceries. If you are buying just a few items it is normal to leave a couple pesos. If you’re doing your weekly shopping you should tip between 5 and 10 pesos and if you need help carrying stuff to your car or to load something, you should tip between 20 – 50 pesos; depending on the size and weight of items.

4.    Musicians: While this is not mandatory to tip musicians at a bar or restaurant, you can leave a tip to show them that you appreciate them and enjoyed their music! Again many of the musicians survive only on the tips they are given.

5.    Outstanding Job: If someone exceeds your expectations and they were particularly helpful or just made your day, it is important to recognize their service and offer a tip. Many times they will insists on not taking your money, you can always say: para tu refresco, which means for a soda, this usually shuts the discussion down and the person graciously accepts the money.

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Mexico is very different from other parts of the world and many foreigners are not aware of the costumes and ways here. We hope this has answered all of your tipping questions and helps you get around in Mexico.

Tourist Visa: An easy way to visit Mexico!

Winter is still here! And many areas in North America and Europe are facing historic low temperatures, a consequence of the polar vortex. If you find yourself daydreaming on escaping to a place with tropical weather, holding a cold drink in your hand and enjoying the beach, Mexico might be the perfect escape for you!

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Nowadays, many visitors are not even required to have a visa to travel to Mexico. If you are planning to have a holiday, or if you are traveling to a seminar or business trip, it is possible to buy a last minute ticket and fly just with your passport. Once you get to the airport, you will be issued a tourist visa valid for 180 days.

Mexican Tourist Visa: What is it?


VISITOR VISA / Not allowed to get wages

This visa allows you to visit Mexico for activities that do not involve receiving remuneration such as:

●      Tourism

●      Transit through Mexico

●      Business trips (such as attending meetings, supervisory visits, training or consultancies in Mexico)

●      Activities related to the exercise of ministers worship, technical jobs in companies (without pay in Mexico), philanthropic activities, sport activities, medical treatments, attending fairs and / or conferences as well as courses or seminars involving no more than 180 days.

Mexican Tourist Visa: Who can or cannot get one?

We prepared this handy list as a quick referral of who can benefit from a tourist visa. If you are a citizen of a country on the column on the left, you might need to apply for a visa in the nearest consulate before your arrival to Mexico.




Saudi Arabia





Antigua y Barbuda





Brunei Darussalam


Burkina Faso





Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cape Verde

China People’s Republic





Central African Republic

Congo, Rep.Dem. (Zaire)




Dominican Republic



United Arab Emirates



El Salvador


Fiji Islas







Guinea Bissau


Equatorial Guinea








Ivory Coast































North Korea




Papua New Guinea



Russian Federation


Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

Seychelles Islands

Solomon Islands

Sierra Leone

Western Samoa


Saint Christopher and Nevis


Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Sri Lanka

Saint Lucia

South Africa

Sao Tome and Principe














East Timor
















Azores Islands

Bahamas (Commonwealth)



British Indian Ocean Territory


British Virgin Islands



Bermuda Islands


Costa Rica

Cayman Islands

Cook Islands



Christmas Islands

Czech Republic



Dutch Antilles


Falkland Isles


Faroe Isles

French Polynesia


French Guyana






Guam Isles

Hong Kong













Mariana Islands


Marshall Islands







New Caledonia

Niue Islands

New Zealand

Norfolk Island




Pitcairn Islands






Puerto Rico

Reunion Isles


San Marino

South Korea

Saint Helena








Territory of Cocos (Keeling)

Trinidad and Tobago


Turks & Caicos

United States of America


United Kingdom of Great Britain Republic

U.S. Virgin Islands


Wallis and Futuna Islands

Mexican Tourist Visa: What do I need to do to get one?

There are still some requirements needed even if you come from a country that does not need a visa to enter Mexico.

In the revision filter migration, you must submit:

  1. Passport or identification that is valid under international law.
  2. FMM duly completed (this form is given in the plane to Mexico).
  3. Immigration authority may request the foreign person to check the reason for the trip using one of the following documents:
    1. Hotel reservation, return ticket (itinerary), tour tickets, or others.
    2. Letter in Spanish by the hiring company indicating that the foreigner is a current employee and that payment of services are provided in his/her country of origin.
    3. Copy of the transfer of technology, patents and trademarks, purchase of machinery and equipment, technical training, or any other related to the production process of a company based in Mexico.
    4. Letter of organization or institution, private or public, in which the foreign person is invited to participate in unpaid activity in Mexico and stating the purpose of the visit and estimated time of stay.
    5. Letter of invitation or acceptance of any educational institution for courses, studies or research projects or training for a maximum of 180 days.

Mexican Tourist Visa: What do I need to renew my visa?

The easiest way to renew your visa is by leaving the country before the 180 days mark and re-entering a few days, weeks or months later.

A few years ago it was possible to enter the country on a FMT (old name for the tourist visa), and then change your migratory status to a FM2 or FM3 visa. However, that is not possible anymore. So, if you are planning to stay for more than six months or reside in Mexico, you have to apply for these visas in your country of origin.

Top Mexico Real Estate is your only stop for reliable information regarding living in Mexico. We are a local American-owned company, serving foreigners that dream of owning a piece of paradise in this beautiful country.

If you are looking for your dream home in Mexico, please visit our website and browse through our thousands of gorgeous, beach – and otherwise – properties. Our professional real estate agents will be there for you every step of the way, helping you through the process of becoming a homeowner in Mexico.

And remember, here at TOP MEXICO REAL ESTATE…

We make it happen!

Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya: A Day at Boca Paila Beach

Beach #23 on the Countdown to the Best Beach in the Riviera Maya: Boca Paila

If you love destinations that feels miles away from the super touristy areas of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, please do not leave the Riviera Maya without visiting Boca Paila.

Boca Paila is located near the south tip of Tulum’s hotel zone, within the ecological reserve of Sian Ka’an. Because it is a protected area, the visitor can enjoy unspoiled nature and absolute tranquility.

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Boca Paila Beach: Getting there

If you are coming from Cancun or Playa del Carmen, take Highway 307 southwards towards Tulum. When you reach Tulum itself, you get to the first big intersection with traffic lights and the San Francisco de Asis Super Market, here you will left turn towards the Tulum beach hotel zone (the street sign says Boca Paila).

At the end of this road, follow the road to your right. This is the Tulum coastal road and you will pass lots of small hotels and cabañas until you reach a Mayan Arch, the entrance to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Reserve guards will be there to greet you and to charge you a small entrance fee.

Boca Paila is located within the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an, and it is basically a strip of land between the Caribbean Sea and Laguna Muyil.

Boca Paila Beach: Things to do

Nature lovers will enjoy the tropical vegetation and beautiful sandy beaches, ideal to relax, meditate, and enjoy. It is also a great place for bird watchers, who can view rare specimens. Boca Paila is also an ideal place for a long walk and collecting shells, remains of corals and rocks; if you feel like a break from all that walking you can take a dip in the Caribbean Sea!

This area forms a huge natural marina in which you can go boating, fishing or partake in other water sports. The natural reserve also has a varied marine life such as bonefish, halibut, sea bass and snapper just to name a few, which makes it an ideal spot for those who love fishing.

Another option is to visit the more than 70 km of canals that connect Sian Ka’an with Mayan archaeological sites such as Chun Yanxche. There are many companies that offer tours through the canals, but we particularly love the community tours project, run by local families.

Boca Paila Beach: Recommendations

  • This is a natural reserve, there are not gas stations or convenience stores. If you are planning to visit Boca Paila make sure you have everything you need for the day such as food, beverages, suntan lotion, mosquito repellent, a small first aid kit, etc.
  • The road to Boca Paila is a Sacbe road, a traditional Mayan white road. Depending on the season there might be potholes and puddles, make sure your car is adequate to make this trip and that you have enough gas to make the trip.
  • The cellphone signal in this area is not very good, if you need to make an emergency call try getting close to the shore.

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Learn about the different beaches in the Riviera Maya, and count down with us to the Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya every Friday.

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Valentine’s Day Dinners in the Riviera Maya

True romance with a private dinner at the beach!

Valentine’s Day dinner in the Riviera Maya is something you cannot miss! Whether you own a piece of real estate paradise, or are just visiting, there is no better place to reignite romance than a beautiful and romantic private dinner served on the beach.

Here at Top Mexico Real Estate, we strive to make you look good! So we have been researching good places to have a romantic dinner with your significant other. Remember, this is a date when everybody wants to go out for dinner, so early booking is recommended!

Valentine’s Day Dinners in the Riviera Maya: Pavo Real by the Sea

This beautiful bar and restaurant is located on Maroma Bay, and is named the “most exquisite secret in Mexico” by the Travel Channel. Pavo Real by The Sea offers lunch and dinner in an exclusive salon, an open air terrace, in the garden, or even on the beach!

Pavo Real’s French Chef, Guillaume Raynal, will prepare an exquisite meal by combining French classics, tropical, Mexican and native Mayan influences in an exuberant menu. Only the freshest and best ingredients are used in the restaurant, and the seafood is freshly bought from local fishermen.

Dinners can be personalized, and accompanied by their extensive wine collection to compliment your food. Reservations are required for both lunch and dinners; so plan ahead and make sure you give them a call as soon as possible if you are interested in having a romantic dinner here.

More information:

Phone US: (011) (521) 984 135 5559

Phone Mexico: (984) 135 5559



Pavo Real by the Sea is located in Maroma Bay, in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Just off the Cancun-Tulum highway between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen.

Valentine’s Day Dinners in the Riviera Maya: Indigo

If you’d rather stay in the Playa del Carmen area and enjoy a walk on 5th Avenue, or go back to your romantic hotel after dinner, then Indigo is an excellent option to dine under the stars. At this exclusive restaurant, you will have the opportunity to have a private candlelit table on a quiet beach and enjoy a delicious, romantic gourmet meal.

Indigo carefully crafted a delicious mix of romantic, contemporary Mexican dishes! Your dinner can be personalized to fit special requests or dietary restrictions.

The only thing you have left is to choose your decoration and setting in order to create a special night full of magical moments. Indigo features exceptional service, personal attention, and special prices on a bottle of Champagne, everything to have the most romantic evening with your loved one.

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More information:

Phone: +52 (984) 803 2222


Indigo is located in Playa del Carmen at Calle 14 and the beach

Valentine’s Day Dinners in the Riviera Maya: Alux

If you are looking for something different than the typical romantic dinner under the stars and on the beach, then check out Alux Restauarnt. This place was created by nature and it is a majestic spectacle. Alux Restaurant, Bar and Lounge emerges within the depths of a naturally formed cavern that has metamorphosed for thousands of years to create the visual spectacle of countless stalactites and flowstones.

At Alux, you will awe your senses and delight your palate with their gourmet, Mexican and International cuisine. However, nature itself is the star attraction within Alux!

This beautiful, cavern restaurant provides a cozy and romantic candlelit dinner in a unique setting. Their gourmet menu includes pre-hispanic, Mexican and International cuisine, served in one of the most impressive settings in Mexico. Alux is more than a restaurant; it is a unique and unforgettable experience.

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More information:

Phone: +52 01 (984) 206 2589



Alux is located in Playa del Carmen at Ave. Benito Juarez and 70th Ave. Sur

Don’t wait any longer to make your reservations for Valentine’s dinner! Remember, this is a busy day around the world, let alone in a popular touristic hotspot, so book your favorite restaurant quickly!

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Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya: A Day at Luna Maya Beach

Beach #24 on the Countdown to the Best Beach in the Riviera Maya: Luna Maya Luna Maya Beach has a special charm if you are visiting Tulum, once that you get into the windy road into the hotel area; the first thing you will see will be hotels and restaurants. The jungle covers the roadside and there is not a lot to see, and then after a small curve on the road you will see it: Luna Maya Beach welcoming you into Tulum!  photo Luna Maya 1_zps7o6dpoxb.jpg Luna Maya is a small bay, located beside Zamas Hotel & Restaurant, actually you will notice that Zamas Restaurant and palapa with their cool palapa and colorful tables and chairs; inviting the tourist to take a pause and enjoy a cold drink and the magnificent view. Luna Maya Beach: Getting there If you are coming from Cancun or Playa del Carmen, take Highway 307 southwards towards Tulum. When you reach Tulum itself, you get to the first big intersection with traffic lights and the San Francisco de Asis Super Market, here you take a left turn towards the Tulum beach hotel zone (the street sign says Boca Paila). At the end of this road, follow the road to your right, this is the Tulum coastal road and you will pass lots of small hotels and cabañas until you reach a small bay. It will be located between Zamas hotel and the security checkpoint, you cannot miss it!

Luna Maya Beach: Things to do Luna Maya is a public beach, so you can get your gear and enjoy a relaxing day! It is also surrounded by rocks, so there is not a lot of people walking by. If you don’t feel like taking a lot of things with you, you can also visit the Zamas Restaurant; which offers a nice mix of simple Mexican dishes and cold drinks and cocktails. The rocky sides of the beach also seem to attract some fishing aficionados, you might see them early in the morning or in the late afternoons; standing on the rocks hoping to catch dinner.

Luna Maya Beach: Recommendations If possible try to bring some water shoes, the rocks are quite sharp and this will protect your feet from cuts and scratches. These shoes can be bought in any local supermarket or sports shop in the Riviera Maya. Even though most of the beaches in the Riviera Maya have really calm waters, Tulum has wavy beaches with strong drifts. Make sure to check the flags if there is any or stay in shallow waters if you are not a very good swimmer, there are no lifeguards in Tulum. Tulum has a big natural reserve with jungle and mangroves, that means there is going to be lots of mosquitoes; bringing a biodegradable insect repellent is a must. Have Off! or some other DDT based cream or spray to keep insects at bay: after the rainy season there can be gnats and other insects that don’t seem bothered by citronella.  photo Luna Maya 2_zpsz43hdyfl.jpg Learn about the different beaches in the Riviera Maya, and count down with us every Friday at the Top 25 Beaches in the Riviera Maya. Top Mexico Real Estate is your one and only stop for everything regarding the Riviera Maya, we are here to help people get their dream home in paradise. If you are considering purchasing a home in the Riviera Maya or some other areas of Mexico, feel free to browse our website or contact our certified Real Estate Agents. We have the credentials and expertise to take you from daydreaming to real life! And remember, here at Top Mexico Real Estate… We make it happen!