Top 10 Exotic Beach Destinations

Escape to a tropical paradise with our top picks for the best exotic getaways.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Photographer: David Tsay

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The exotic city of Playa del Carmen sits just outside of Cancun, with gorgeous beaches on the coast of the Caribbean Sea.

Stay: The Banyan Tree Mayakoba resort ensures privacy with your own plunge pool. Spacious villas seamlessly blend outdoors and indoors, with an open-to-the-stars tub; 800/591-0439.

Eat: Grab your significant other and experience a drifting dinner on the resort's Ixchel Dining Boat. Enjoy local and international cuisine prepared by an on-board culinary hoast as you drift down the Mayakoba lagoon.

Do: Take a day trip to the historic archeological sites outside of the city where you can explore preserved pyramids, ancient temples, and colorful murals.

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