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The Riviera Maya is a section of Caribbean coastline along Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula that stretches from Puerto Morelos to as far south as Punta Allen. Some of the country’s most impressive Mayan archaeological sites, pristine beaches, snazzy resorts and amazing natural wonders dot the region, which is fast becoming one of Mexico’s favourite places to visit.
Many visitors start their journey along the “Mayan Riviera” in the resort town of Playa del Carmen, where you’ll find excellent restaurants, nightlife and beaches. It’s just a short hop on a ferry from here to the island of Cozumel – rich in history, unspoiled jungles and world-famous dive sites.
Dolphinaris, just a 3-minute drive from the ferry port, is a popular attraction that offers you a unique opportunity to swim and play with trained dolphins. The Museum of the Island of Cozumel (Museo de la Isla de Cozumel) in the island’s biggest town of San Miguel will teach you everything you want to know about the fascinating history of the Olmec and Mayan civilisations on Cozumel, as well as how the marine park which surrounds the island developed.
The Chankanaab National Park in the south of the island is home to amazing scenery, huge botanical gardens and numerous health spas while Palancar Beach has waters so clear that you can spot fish from the shore. On Cozumel’s southern tip, the outstanding Punta Sur Ecological Park is a natural wonderland that houses a marvellous mixture of native animal species including crocodiles, giant turtles and a couple of hundred species of bird.
If you want to see some of the Yucatán’s famous Mayan ruins then head back to the mainland for some of most inspiring sites in the whole of Latin America. The dramatic Tulum Mayan Ruins, perched high on a beautiful piece of Caribbean coastline are a truly unforgettable sight while the 1,000-year-old Chichen Itza site is one the most celebrated archaeological sites in the world, containing lovingly restored pyramids and temples.
The Riviera Maya has a year-round tropical climate with temperatures averaging 34 C. Getting around is easy with a wide range of transport available, ranging from private buses to limos and the mini-van “colectivos” popular with the locals.
Located in Playa del Carmen, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from El Camaleon Golf Club, and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Gran Coral Golf. Mamitas Beach Club and Pier Navega are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Playa del Carmen, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Riviera Art Gallery, Mamitas Beach Club, and Quinta Alegria. Pier Navega and Mario Villanueva Stadium Madrid are also within 10 minutes.
Mahekal Beach Resort sits on white sand along the turquoise Caribbean Sea. It’s a 5-minute walk to the boutiques and shopping malls of Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) and a short drive to whitewashed Nuestra Señora del Carmen church. Golfers can drive 20 minutes to Playa Paraiso club.
Set along the Caribbean, this Riviera Maya resort offers relaxation on the private beach and quick access to the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of Playa del Carmen; popular Fifth Avenue is 1 block away.
Situated on the beach, this all-inclusive resort is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Gran Coral Golf and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from El Camaleon Golf Club. 28 de Julio Square is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.
Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, this hotel is steps from Central Square and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. Yucatek Divers and Quinta Alegria are also within 10 minutes.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Quinta Alegria, Riviera Art Gallery, and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. Pier Navega and Central Square are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, this all-inclusive resort is within a 5-minute walk of Quinta Alegria, Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, and Riviera Art Gallery. Pier Navega and Central Square are also within 10 minutes.