The Riviera Maya is a 130 kilometer stretch of Caribbean coastline between the resort city of Cancun in the north and the Mayan ruins of Tulum in the south. Other communities and towns that are part of this famous Mexican beach vacation destination include Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel Island, Puerto Aventuras, and Akumal. Being a part of the Yucatan Peninsula, the Riviera Maya has more to offer than its beaches. There is a rich history with many cultural influences and a diverse population. This combination has developed a cosmopolitan feel to the area with a focus on food, activities, shopping and of course, the beach life.
Carretera (highway) 307 is the only highway that runs the length of the Riviera Maya. Small roads on the eastside lead to various beachside resorts, vacation communities, undeveloped beaches and lagoons. The highway continues south to the coastal towns of Mahahual and Xcalak in the Costa Maya. From the highway, a few roads go inland (west) to rural towns, Mayan ruins and fresh water cenotes. The neighboring states of Yucatan and Campeche comprise the western part of the Yucatan Peninsula where colonial towns hold great treasures of culture, history and architecture, different from the Riviera Maya.
There’s not a guide on the Riviera Maya worth it’s (sea) salt that would dare leave Akumal out of a healthy Mexican holiday mix. One of the coolest parts about this destination is its two names. Akumal is called “the place of turtles” AND “the place of magic.”
Playa del Carmen is a cosmopolitan city in the heart of the Riviera Maya. A global mix of fun-loving travellers and vacationers gather year round to relax on white sandy beaches, check out the happening night-life and soak up the international atmosphere. ‘Playa’, its local name, boasts stylish beach clubs, great vacation accommodations, excellent amenities and the ferry to Cozumel Island.
There is no place like Puerto Aventuras! Puerto's central location on the Riviera Maya is perfect for excursions to the area’s best sights and activities along the Caribbean coastline, including cenotes for swimming and snorkeling. It’s also just a stone’s throw away from the popular eco-adventure parks of X'caret, Xplor and Xel-Ha for all day entertainment, water sports and fun.
Puerto Morelos is in the northern part of the Riviera Maya just 20 minutes south of the Cancun International Airport. With its iconic lighthouse, Puerto Morelos is one of the oldest communities on Mexico's Caribbean coast. Today, the town is known for its National Marine Park, which is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Divers and snorkelers appreciate the beauty of the sea and the friendliness of the community.
In the Mayan language, Sian Ka'an means ‘where the sky is born’, or ‘gift from the sky’. The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is a 1.3 million acre nature reserve just south of Tulum in the Riviera Maya. This protected reserve is inhabited by countless plant species, bird and animals. Add 23 known archaeological sites to the list of attractions and you are bound to have an adventure.
Perhaps its our romantic memories of the days of old here in Mexico, but Soliman Bay holds a special place in our hearts. This residential community is where a morning cup of coffee has never tasted finer as you watch the sunrise. From luxury villas to quaint bungalows and even a stylish boutique hotel, Soliman Bay is paradise for those seeking a peaceful place to relax... and dream.
The Tankah area was once nothing more than coconut groves known as "cocals". Today, Tankah is now a residential and vacation villa area minutes from the ruins of Tulum. Tankah is known for the "Casa Cenote" restaurant where you can grab a bite, swim in the beautiful cenote and enjoy nature. It's a nice escape for families wanting a place for quality family time.
In ancient times, Tulum served as a point of defence and a port for the thriving maritime commerce. Today, US News Travel calls Tulum the #1 beach in Mexico. The combination of thriving eco-tourism activities, and the only major Mayan ruin found on Mexico's Caribbean coastline makes Tulum a great getaway. Tulum is the ultimate destination for a bohemian style vacation where you can enjoy free and easy days.
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