Sandwiched between the high-rise glitz of Cancun and the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum along Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, sits the sun-kissed Riviera Maya. It is located on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán peninsula, spanning more than 140 kilometres of beaches.
Stretching from the picturesque fishing village Puerto Morelos in the North to the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an in the South, Riviera Maya is an area of natural beauty where one can still find traditional Mayan villages and impressive archaeological sites, including the majestical Mayan archaeological site at Tulum.
Wondrous powdery white-sand beaches – some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean – and crystal clear waters make Riviera Maya a perfect beach destination. It is a great place to practice all kinds of water sports; water skiing, swimming with dolphins and sailing. It is also a favourite destination for nature lovers, jungle hikers, bird watchers, sport fishers and golfers.
Multiple Mayan ruins are of great interest as well, especially majestic Maya ruins at Tulum on the coast and inland at Cobá.
Snorkeling with an expansive coral reef system located just off the coast, Riviera Maya is Mexico’s top destination for snorkeling. The Great Mayan Reef, also called the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, extends for more than 965 km (600 miles) along the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula all the way to Belize. It’s the largest coral reef system in the Northern Hemisphere and the second largest in the world. Scuba Dive the coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula is home to nearly 100 coral species, 350 mollusks and 164 species of reef dwelling fish, making the area a diver’s paradise.