The Riviera Maya, stretching from the south of Cancun over Playa del Carmen until Tulum, is one of the most charming destinations in North-America. Its pristine, white beaches, beautiful cenotes, archaeological sites, divers cuisine, restaurants, hotels, condos and resorts.
Here are 10 reasons to visit the Riviera Maya, in the south of Cancun, from Puerto Morelos to Punta Allen, Sian Ka'an in the south of Tulum.
1. The Beaches
White sand, turquoise sea and blue sky: reasons why the beaches of the Riviera Maya are some the best in the world. No matter if you go to Puerto Morelos, Tulum or choose the popular Mamitas Beach in Playa del Carmen. The crystalline sea, beautiful sun rises and wildlife, will remain in your memory.
2. Archaeological sites
Explore the remains of the ancient Maya and the traces of their culture through the Yucatan Peninsula. Just 45 minutes driving to the south you will find the archaeological site of Tulum. Another 30 minutes further you can explore one of the most powerful city called Coba. By choosing our tours you will get to Chichen Itza and Ekbalam within 2 hours driving. An archaeological guide will lead you through all sites.
3. Water sport activities
The natural wonders of the region are ideal locations for all kinds of water sports, including snorkeling, diving, kite-surfing, kayaking, SUP and para-sailing. Listen to the whispers of the wind while flying over the multicolored sea or surprised with the abundant life of the silent underwater world. Choose your own adventure.
4. Hotels and resorts
Only a few destinations in the world have a variety of lodging options as the Riviera Maya. From the lovely boutique hotels with its smelling bougainvillea to the huge complex of luxury resorts, like the Mayakoba or Grand Velas resorts. You will enter a world, you never want to leave.
5. Relaxation, meditation, Yoga and Spas
The Riviera Maya is a paradise for body and soul. In its spas you'll reacquaint yourself and forget all your challenges, revitalizing your skin and spirit with ancient techniques and natural ingredients of the highest purity possible. Visit these temples of welfare and return to appreciate your own beauty. In Playa del Carmen (Yoga Company) and Tulum (Yoga Shala) are plenty of places to meditate and practice Yoga.
6. Beautiful Nature
The Mayan Riviera is home to many natural wonders, so beautiful, it will take your breath away. Its cenotes, its colorful coral reefs, refreshing underground rivers and the biosphere reserve Sian Ka'an, "where the sky is born" and you can observe hundreds of birds, crocodiles in the mangroves, manatees, turtles and wild dolphins. It is such a beautiful place that its mere memory will always make you smile.
7. Night life
The nights on the Riviera are unique, warm and bright. The beating of your heart will synchronize with the rhythm of the music, while the warm breeze caresses your hair. Dancing, drinking or eating, until the sun rises.
The ball is following an invisible bow and everything around you stops to exist. Palm trees swaying, the water surface rippled by a light breeze from the ocean. The Riviera Maya counts with some of the world's best golf courts. The PGA Tour will be hosted at the "OHL Classic at Mayakoba" on the Greg Norman Golf Course from November 12th - November 15th this year.
9. Fairs and festivals
In the Riviera Maya you can always find events, fairs and festivals more. Every Thursday local artists are exposing and offering their art at the famous 5th Avenue. The Riviera Maya Film Festival, Jazz Festival and vibrant electronic beats, like the BPM at the beach are just a few of the wide range of events. There's always a good reason to visit.
This region is a paradise for the palate, with small, picturesque corners of typical food, famous, glamorous restaurants and worldwide known cuisine. At the Riviera, food tastes like the sea, smells like tradition with a touch of modernity. A combination you will not find anywhere else.
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