The Riviera Maya region technically begins at Bahía Petempich (also known as Punta Tanchacté), where long expanses of sand are lapped by turquoise waters. Historically a fishing village, this area has recently been overtaken by Puerto Morelos's growth, and now there are new hotels and resorts here as well. Just 20 minutes south of Cancún, Bahía Petempich is quieter than neighboring towns but still close to the action.
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