Riviera Maya, or the Mayan Riviera as it is often known, is a popular tourist destination on Mexico’s Caribbean coastline. Most of the area lies within the state of Quintana Roo, on the eastern side of the Yucatán Peninsula. You’ll find some great options here for a family trip, while holidays to the Riviera Maya will also cater for those in search of culture, history, or even death-defying extreme sports!
The Riviera Maya is famous for its large resorts, many of which offer all-inclusive entertainment and resort attractions. You will often find vast hotels in this area that feature their own bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, spas and shopping centres! However, there are plenty of other options available for those willing to explore the local towns and villages during a holiday to the Riviera Maya.
The Riviera Maya features the second largest barrier reef anywhere in the world, and so it’s no surprise that scuba diving is one of the most popular activities in the area. The massive Mesoamerican Barrier Reef reaches all the way from Cancun to the border with Guatemala, and offers outstanding opportunities for exploring intricate coral structures, or marvelling at bizarre, colourful marine life.
Other popular water sports on a holiday in the Riviera Maya include activities as diverse as jet skiing, zip-lining, sailing and swimming with dolphins. You’ll also find a great range of sports available further inland, with exciting pastimes such as horse riding and guided jungle tours on offer.
For those in search of a little culture during their holiday to the Riviera Maya, you won’t be disappointed. The area boasts some superb archaeological sites, many dating back as far as the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations. The Instituto Nacional de Archeological maintains many of these fascinating sites, which include the dramatic ruins at sites such as Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba. You’ll also be able to visit a number of eco-parks during your holiday in the Riviera Maya, and those at Xcaret and Xel-Ha also offer a range of historical attractions.
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