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Riviera Maya is a 112 mile stretch of paradise along the coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Riviera Maya is diverse. Hotel areas include:
- Playa del Carmen
- Puerto Aventural
- Akumal and Tulum
The second largest reef system in the world, the Great Maya Reef, runs along the coastline and an unrestrained jungle surrounds the towns and beaches. In this part of the Mexican Caribbean full of exotic tropical animals peering or flying through the branches, there are many places to explore. A unique and complex underground river system flows beneath the surface and visitors with magical caverns, caves and cenotes (sinkholes). There are also hundreds of archaeological sites, remnants of the incredible and timeless Mayan civilization, and a spectacular and plentiful marine life.
Riviera Maya Hotel Areas
Playa del Carmen: 37 miles south of Cancun (approximately a 45 minute drive) halfway to Tulum. Playa del Carmen was once nothing more than a dock from which ferries departed fore Cozumel, it is now one of the most sophisticated tourism centers along the Riviera Maya. Visit Fith Avenue's trendy restaurants, bars and shops.
Puerto Aventuras: Puerto Aventuras offers ecological tours, watersports and fishing. Stop at the San Carlos Marina and enjoy its cafe's and restaurants.
Akumal: Akumal is an approximate 70 minute drive south of Cancun. Akumal is a gathering place for divers from around the world due to its proximity to subterranean rivers and caves with depths of up to 150 meters.
Tulum: At the southern end of the Riviera Maya, Tulum combines the mystery of ancient Mayan civilization with the beauty of the Caribbean sea. After exploring the ruins, cool off in the natural aqwuarium of Xel Ha, a snorkeler's paradise.
Visitors will fly into Cancun and enjoy a scenic drive south to fascinating Riviera Maya, with its unspoiled pristine beaches, tropical jungles and ancient Mayan ruins. Snorkel in crystal clear turquoise waters. Enjoy the best values under the sun as a vast array of fabulous new all-inclusive hotels. Also known as the Cancun Tulum corridor, this nearby area of lush, natural coastline from Cancun south to Tulum is home to several attractions that should not be missed on a Cancun vacation. The 100 km stretch known as the Riviera Maya is in the middle of the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. Here the towns are smaller and there are fewer tourists with miles of solitary virgin beaches, sparkling white sand and crystalline turquoise waters.
Riviera Maya Vacation
To the south of Cancun, the Riviera Maya offers a unique and different experience. With its wide expanse of beaches and proximity to Mayan cultural sites, it is the old world meeting the new. Thousand-year old ruins lie within sight of luxurious mega-hotels offering every amenity imaginable. For Golfers there are a variety of challenging courses to choose from. Many hotel'ss here are all-inclusive, offering all meals, drinks, tips, and entertainment at one price, an attractive option for budget-conscious travelers and families.
Relax all day in a hammock beside the Caribbean Sea or walk the powder-white sand beaches that stay cool as they reflect the heat of the tropical sun.
Visit the nearby town of Playa del Carmen, with shops featuring local art and handicrafts, where you can take the ferry across to the island of Cozumel.
Uncover the ancient culture of the Mayans and visit ruins that reveal their lives and beliefs. Afterwards, cool off with a swim in a cenote, a freshwater pool bringing water from underground limestone caverns to the surface.
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