Best Vacation Spots in Riviera Maya

vacation spots in Riviera Maya
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From Cancun to Tulum, on the edge of the Caribbean Sea, stretches the Riviera Maya. With its white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and seabed, it is the ideal place to end your tour and enjoy the shade of the palm trees for well-deserved idleness! But for those who haven't seen enough, the region abounds in natural beauties to be discovered on land and at the bottom of the sea: Mayan cities, mangroves, wild islands, diving in the sea, or in the cenotes are the strong points of the region.

 

Tulum

 

Visiting Tulum is an integral discovery that includes history, adventure, and relaxation. Over the last few years, this place has positioned itself as the eco-destination of the Riviera Maya. A short stroll through the streets of the village is enough to discover eclectic bars, nice restaurants, boutique hotels, and shops with exceptional charm. After the walk, head towards the coast, a few kilometers from the village, to explore the archaeological site of Tulum. Full of mysticism and almost 1500 years old, the site stands imposingly on a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea. It is located in the Tulum National Park, an area dedicated to the protection of the flora and fauna of the region.

 

Playa del Carmen

 

Playa del Carmen is a city that has built its reputation over the years. With a beautiful sandy beach and an endless number of trendy little corners, it is one of the most cosmopolitan destinations on the continent and the ideal place to spend a pleasant holiday by the sea. With more than six theme parks and a top-of-the-range commercial offer, Playa (for the intimate) is synonymous with partying, luxury and entertainment. After an early morning swim on the beaches of Mamitas, Playacar, or Shangri-La, opt for a leisurely stroll along 5ta Avenida (5th Avenue), filled with bars, restaurants, shops, and nightclubs. Do you like water sports? Paddle, diving, flyboarding...here you will find what you are looking for.

 

Sian Ka'an

 

Get ready to discover the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean! Indeed, the Sian Ka'an nature reserve includes 600,000 hectares of jungle and a large part of the sea. Here you'll have the opportunity to explore beaches, dunes, mangroves, cenotes, coral reefs, and vast tropical jungle. How about going on a land or sea safari to discover more than 300 species of birds, more than 1000 species of plants and a hundred species of animals including dolphins, turtles, and even jaguars. Diving and snorkeling will also be available. There is nothing like swimming in a natural pool of turquoise water or floating and letting yourself be carried away by the current of the small canals, in fresh and peaceful water. The visit is not over, as here you can discover the daily life of the Maya in its purest form in the community of Muyil. On the program: tasty meals, ancestral traditions, and a small archaeological site far from the tourist bustle.

 

Cozumel

 

The island of Cozumel has been world-renowned for its spectacular seabed since it was discovered by Captain Cousteau in 1961. This island is located off Playa del Carmen, 30 minutes by ferry. If the island itself is of limited interest, the Cozumel reefs have been declared a "national marine park" and offers diving and snorkeling spots: the most famous is Palancar, but also discover Santa Rosa, Colombia, Paso del Cedral...

 

Otherwise, Isla Cozumel offers beaches, more or less wild (the wildest being in the east). It is possible to rent a scooter to explore the foothills of the island up to the ecological reserve of Punta Sur: walking, birds, crocodiles, beautiful beaches, snorkeling possible. Nature lovers will be delighted

 

20km north of Tulum, make a stop in the city of turtles (the meaning of Akumal in Mayan). The beautiful bay of Akumal is a crescent moon, closed by a coral reef. You can see there in season large sea turtles that come to lay their eggs on the beach (May to October).

 

Nearby, the "Half Moon Bay" and "Yal Ku" (entrance fee) are also beautiful snorkeling sites! (small advice: if you wish to swim with the turtles, prefer organic sun cream to promote biodiversity).