The Riviera Maya is a tourism and resort district south of Cancun, Mexico. It straddles the coastal Federal Highway 307, along the Caribbean coastline of the state of Quintana Roo, located in the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. Historically, this district started at the city of Playa del Carmen and ended at the village of Tulum, although the towns of Puerto Morelos, situated to the north of Playa del Carmen, as well as the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, situated 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the south of Tulum, are both currently being promoted as part of the Riviera Maya tourist corridor.
It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. One of the most important sites in Tulum is its Mayan ruins, located on a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea; with warm starry nights and clear turquoise waters lies the only archaeological site that sits on the seashore. It is the most photogenic site in the region and perhaps the whole country.
Under the cliff is Paradise beach, considered one of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya, from which excursions are organized to the famous Mesoamerican Reef Barrier. The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve measures half a million hectares and covers all possible scenarios: beaches, coral reefs, rainforest, dunes and natural wells.
Playa Del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is one of the favorite destinations for vacation, especially in summer, according to Trip Advisor, as it is an idyllic place located in the heart of the Riviera Maya with fine white sand and blue-green waters, you will always find a Hammock and an umbrella to sunbathe and rest, especially in the edge of town that offers the quietest beach areas.
If you prefer action, in Playa del Carmen you will find water activities such as windsurfing, jet skis, kayaking or diving in the impressive Mayan coral reef. Great musicians of Mexican and international jazz offer concerts every year. The beauty of the beaches and the many activities that Playa del Carmen has for you will force you to come back.
Cancun is located in Quintana Roo, where Mayan culture shines on every corner. Surrounded by the breathtaking Caribbean Sea, soft coral sands, and the striking shade of blue that emerges from its crystal-clear waters, a visit to Cancun will make you wonder whether you are in a dream or else.
The splendorous and mystical ruins will take you on an incredible journey back to the Mayan civilization. The archaeological zone of El Rey or El Templo del Alacrán (The temple of the scorpion) will amaze your eyes, and if you are into nature, you’ll love Xel-Ha, a natural aquarium that will make you feel as if you are waking in a dream.
Visiting the Secret River will take you closer to the Xibalbá, the Mayan underworld, and Xcaret, the most important eco-archaeological park in the country, will offer its charm so you can blend with the jungle. By the way, this splendorous place is why Cancun has been named the second most attractive destination for summer vacations in 2016 by Trip Advisor.
It is the place in Mexico to receive the first sunrays. This system of Mesoamerican reefs spans over twenty-two kilometers, extended in white beaches that frame it. but they are not the only thing that will make you love the island. Thanks to its great marine biodiversity, it is considered an ideal place to practice diving. The great reef banks that form live underwater gardens are home to a rich and varied marine fauna. Apart from offering spectacular, dreamy landscapes, it has a wide variety of ecotourism activities such as zip wires, rappelling, kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, fishing, golf, motorcycle rides, bicycles, canoes and kayaks.
Places like Chankanaab National Park, San Gervasio Archaeological Zone or Atlantis Submarine, which will take you through the depths of the sea, are some of the things that will make you return to Cozumel.
Isla Mujeres is one of the best kept secrets of Quintana Roo. It’s a wonderful island located in the Caribbean Sea that is considered as one of the destinations that any person should have on their bucket list.
If you are looking to relax you will find panoramic pools, hammocks and lounge chairs.
And if you are looking for adventure and entertainment opportunities, this is the best place. The calm waters and the beautiful coral reefs of the western area of Isla Mujeres are the perfect alternative for snorkeling or diving even if you’re a beginner.
Be sure to visit El Farito reef, Isla Contoy National Park, or see the underwater sculptures near the Manchones reef. You can also enjoy swimming with whale sharks, go to the cliffs, swim with dolphins, go zip lining or biking.