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Top things to do in Riviera Maya

Posted by Oliver Weickardt on 2015-11-26
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The Riviera Maya is one of the most beautiful regions in Mexico equally popular among spring breakers, couples, and families. It has all-inclusive resorts, ecotourism, lush rain forests and a splendid coastline perfect for all kind of water sports. It extends along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula from Puerto Morelos to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Of course, that you may spend all your days at the powdery, white sand beaches, just lying on your towel and drinking an exotic cocktail but there are so many other things to do and discover.

First of all, to stay near the ocean, the Riviera Maya is one of the best destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. The marine life with colorful tropical fish will leave you breathless, and swimming with manta rays, dolphins and even whale sharks will definitely be an unforgettable experience. You can also go scuba diving, snorkeling and cave diving in beautiful cenotes (underground water corridors) that can only be found at the Yucatan Peninsula.

The Mayan Riviera offers also splendid sailing conditions with a steady wind and a heavy surf break, so windsurfing and kitesurfing are extremely popular in the region. You won’t miss shops and stands with all the equipment you may need, to buy of for rent. You cannot leave the Riviera Maya without visiting some the Mayan ruins scattered over the coastline. The most impressive and best restored archaeological site of the Yucatan Peninsula is definitely Chichen Itza, one of the ten wonders of the world.

Tulum, an ancient city with temples, a city square and remains of housing structures in the middle of a lush tropical jungle is another must at the Caribbean Sea. Guided tours are offered and you may also enjoy private beaches after the tour. Playa del Carmen, the place to be, at the Yucatan Peninsula is an obligatory spot. Once a small fishing village, now a world famous destination with fancy bars, gourmet restaurants, a wide array of water sports, and a bohemian and artistic touch loved both by backpackers and luxury seeking tourists.

La Quinta Avenida, of Fifth Avenue, is the most popular street where you will find it all, during the day and at night. Playa del Carmen enjoys a vibrant nightlife with beachfront bars and laidback lounges. The Riviera Maya is a top ecotourism destination and Sian Ka’an is the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean. You can kayak between the mangroves, climb ancient pyramids, swim in crystal clear cenotes and observe the turtles in their natural habitat. Snorkeling at the coral reef should not be forgotten. If you need some action go to the Adventure Park and zip through the jungle. The place offers plenty of exhilarating activities that guarantee the adrenaline pumping.

So during your next vacation in the Riviera Maya, remember: don’t stay lazing on the powdery sands; explore and have fun!

Villa Experience founder is German born but loves all thing Mexico! He has lived in the country since 2003 and has experienced Mexico´s premier destinations at first hand. His favorite destinations are the Yucatan Peninsula, Baja California Sur, and Puerto Vallarta.