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Located in the remote Caracol area, away from Cancun's sometimes-overwhelming crowds
The Secrets Silversands is located directly on the beach in a remote area of Cancun -- meaning there is absolutely nothing within walking distance. The hotel is closer to Puerto Morelos than it is to downtown Cancun in the north. This is good news for anyone who is looking to avoid the massive hordes of tourists that descend upon the Zona Hotelera.
Nearby Puerto Morelos is a former fishing village located halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The area serves as a perfect compromise for anyone looking for Cancun's stunning beaches but don't want them to be overrun by hordes of tourists. The impressive reefs just offshore attract a fair share of divers, and many come to take a dip in the inland cenotes (massive sinkholes filled with crystal clear groundwater). The laidback vibe of the area makes it great for spending a day lounging or exploring, and unwinding with dinner at a beachfront restaurant, all without the fear of having to deal with packs of rowdy spring breakers.
With a minimum guest age of 18, anyone looking for a romantic getaway can book the 433-room Secrets Silversands Riviera without fear of rambunctious kids or noisy families. The spacious, clean rooms and suites have crisp, modern decor with flat-screen TVs (though no iPod docks) -- but be on notice that the Swim-out Suites are actually a short walk and then swim out. The beach is smaller and rockier than many hotels in Cancun, but the incredible pools that sprawl the entire property offer ample swimming space (think lazy river meets infinity pool). Just don't plan on venturing out too much: The hotel has a fairly remote location -- which is a perk if you want to avoid the tourist-party mecca of the Hotel Zone.