Quintana Roo is one of the 31 states which, with Mexico City, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided into 11 municipalities and it’s capital city is Chetumal.

Quintana Roo is located on the eastern part of the Yucatán Peninsula and is bordered by the states of Campeche to the west and Yucatán to the northwest, and by the Orange Walk and Corozal districts of Belize, along with an offshore borderline with Belize District to the south. As Mexico’s easternmost state, Quintana Roo has a coastline to the east with the Caribbean Sea and to the north with the Gulf of Mexico. The state previously covered 44,705 square kilometres (17,261 sq mi) and shared a small border with Guatemala in the southwest of the state. However, in 2013, Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation resolved the boundary dispute between Quintana Roo, Campeche, and Yucatán stemming from the creation of the Calakmul municipality by Campeche in 1997, siding with Campeche and thereby benefiting Yucatán.

Quintana Roo is the home of the city of Cancún, the islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres, and the towns of Bacalar, Playa del Carmen and Akumal, as well as the ancient Maya ruins of Chacchoben, Cobá, Kohunlich, Muyil, Tulum, Xel-Há, and Xcaret. The Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve is also located in the state.

The statewide population is expanding at a rapid rate due to the construction of hotels and the demand for workers. Many migrants come from Yucatán, Campeche, Tabasco, and Veracruz. The state is frequently hit by severe hurricanes due to its exposed location, the most recent and severe being Hurricane Dean in 2007, which made landfall with sustained winds of 280 km/h (170 mph), with gusts up to 320 km/h (200 mph).

Capital: Chetumal

Blog Posts:

Mexico: Quintana Roo – Los Robles (Review)

Los Robles is a bijou, brightly decorated cafe located on one of the main streets through the town. It looked so welcoming ...

Mexico: Quintana Roo – Puerto Morelos

The coast line of the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula has been gobbled up by a land grab of beach resorts, the ...

Mexico: Quintana Roo – Pitted Date (Review)

Located close to Playa Del Carmen\'s Avienda 5, but in a quieter area, the Pitted Date, was a wonderful find. Being a ...

Mexico: Quintana Roo – La Senda, restaurant review

Café style dining with an all vegan menu close to the heart of Playa del Carmen. We arrived at La Senda in a bit of a rush ...

Mexico: Quintana Roo – Playa del Carmen

When we stay on the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, we avoid going into Cancún at all costs, especially during ...

Mexico: Quintana Roo – Zöetry Paraiso de la Bonita (Review)

As we have matured in years (a.k.a. got old) our taste for the type of vacation we take has developed, particularly as we ...

Mexico: Quintana Roo – Chaya and Cacao (Review)

We had checked out the Happy Cow app to find a vegan restaurant on Isla Mujeres and after reading the reviews of the ...

Mexico: Quintana Roo – Isla Mujeres

After several days of perfect weather we awoke to a cloudy and blustery morning, that threatened rain. It was not cold so ...

Mexico: Quintana Roo; Tulum – Succulenta (Review)

I had thought that with its New Age reputation that Tulum would be bristling with vegan restaurants but when we checked out ...

Mexico: Quintana Roo, Tulum – La Hoja Verde (Review)

Anyway we totally stuffed on the tamales we had only ten minutes before finished so we couldn\'t force any more food down ...

Mexico: Quintana Roo – Tulum Mayan Ruins

I had for some time wanted to leave behind the commercial hubbub of northern reaches of Cancún and it\'s party vibe for the ...

Mexico: Quintana Roo – Xcaret Eco-Archeological Park

Visit Xcaret eco-archeological park where you can enjoy a full days exploration of Mexico\'s biodiversity and cultural ...
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