From frothy drinks on stunning beaches to guided tours of ancient ruins, the Riviera Maya has it all.
Located on the eastern edge of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, the Riviera Maya is just a half-hour away from the party town of Cancun. If you’re looking for something a little quieter in your vacation, start your Riviera Maya tour in Puerto Morelos, a quaint fishing town where you can rent a catamaran for an afternoon at sea, or say “buenos días” to a reptile at Crococun Zoo.
Playa del Carmen is a great home base for those who want to explore the rest of the Riviera Maya. Distinctly European in its architecture and layout, you’ll find plenty of charming places to stay, and enough boutique shopping and restaurants to keep you occupied for months. From Playa del Carmen, catch a ferry to Cozumel, an island just off the coast. You can wander for hours on its beaches, and its sleepy villages and friendly inhabitants may just become your home away from home.
Cozumel doesn’t stop when you reach the shoreline. It’s part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, where you can scuba or snorkel off the island’s sheltered western side. Whether you’re an advanced diver or are just beginning, the gentle waters here are the perfect place to introduce yourself to the local sea life.
Once you’re back on the mainland, do as the Mayans did and admire the view. The ruined city of Talum offers a breathtaking vista of the sea, and is considered one of Mexico’s first resorts. Why? Because this is where the royals went to watch beautiful sunrises and breathe in the fresh sea air—just like you’re getting ready to do.
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