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Best Beaches: Riviera Maya, Mexico Why go:
If you want to sink your toes into foreign -- but not too foreign -- white sands, this stunning region (where English is widely spoken, direct flights from the US abound and US dollars are often accepted) on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is your answer. Where to stay:
Elbowing the jungle and gleaming Maroma Beach, the intimate Maroma Resort and Spa is pure decadence. Don't miss the hotel's twice-weekly "Noches de Cantina," a themed dinner that celebrates Mexican cuisine and music (from $575, MaromaHotel.com). What to do:
Check out the Mayan ruins of Tulum. Back at the hotel, play dirty at the Kinan Spa's healing mud bar. For nightlife, check out Cancun's beachside bars and clubs.
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