The Yucatan stretches along Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, from the buzzing resort of Cancun to Tulum. It’s known as the Mayan Riviera thanks to the sophisticated resorts that have developed around the exquisite beaches, wild jungle and ancient ruins. It’s home to some of Mexico’s best beaches. Bathed in sunshine throughout the year this exotic paradise is the perfect place to soak up the sun, no matter what time of year you visit.
Things to Do on the Mayan Riviera
The main attraction in the region is of course the stunning palm-fringed beaches. The warm Caribbean Sea laps at the white, powder fine sand along this idyllic coastline. As a result there is an endless variety of water sports to keep you busy when you’re staying in a Yucatan holiday rental. Jet skiing, swimming, sailing and fishing are all popular holiday activities here. Just off the coast you’ll find the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Belize Barrier Reef) where you can go snorkeling or scuba diving. There are also spots along the coast where you can snorkel in underground rivers, swing over centos (water filled sinkholes) and swim with dolphins. Popular beaches along the Mayan Riviera include Xpu-Ha, Akumal, Kantenah and the beach at Tulum ruins.
One of the best ways to explore the area is to take a tour of the ancient ruins in Yucatan and immerse yourself in Mayan culture. It’s a history buff’s paradise. There are popular archeological sites at Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba. The natural water theme parks of Xcaret and Zel-Ha also have small archeological sites.
Places to Visit on the Mayan Riviera
The seaside resort town of Akumal is known as The Place of Turtles and is home to some of the regions most beautiful beaches. Akumal holiday rentals are the perfect choice if you want a tropical paradise where you can relax and enjoy the diverse and magnificent natural surroundings.
Playa del Carmen and Cozumel
Villas in Playa del Carmen are perfectly situated if you want to take a ferry to the famous island of Cozumel. The island is renowned for the huge coral reefs that surround it and attract scuba divers from around the world. The beautiful Chaak tun Cave is also within easy reach of Playa del Carmen.
Puerto Morelos and Cancun
Puerto Morelos is another popular place to visit on the Mayan Riviera thanks to the cenotes in the area. These limestone sinkholes, underground caverns and tunnels that are filled with water and offer a unique swimming or diving experience. Crococun crocodile zoo and Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín Botanical Garden are located nearby and the vibrant resort of Cancun is located just north or Puerto Morelos.
The luxury resort of Puerto Aventuras offers visitors all the luxury you could wish for on a tropical holiday. The upscale community has a beautiful marina and is the hub for fishing on the Mexican Caribbean coast. Self-catering villas in Puerto Aventuras allow easy access to beautiful beaches, top-class restaurants, tennis courts and even a 9-hole golf course.
Wherever you choose to be based on the Mayan Riviera you’ll find stunning beaches, tropical jungle and ancient ruins within easy reach – all the ingredients for a perfect tropical holiday in Mexico.