Top Attractions in Riviera Maya Mexico
If you are traveling to Riviera Maya Mexico on vacation or on your honeymoon and want to explore the area outside your resort, here are some of the best things to see and do in this beautiful region!
A cenote is a hole that forms when porous limestone bedrock collapses. These holes then fill with turquoise water and they are wonderful for swimming and snorkeling. There are at least 7,000 cenotes in Mexico and visitors are encouraged explore at least 1 before they leave.
Colorful town of Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is in the center of Riviera Maya and it is popular with all the tourists, because it has a lively nightlife plus amazing hotels and shopping areas. Quite a bit of activity in Playa del Carmen happens on Fifth Avenue, because that is where most of the shops, restaurants, and bars are located. A pedestrian walkway allows beachgoers to easily walk to Fifth Avenue at any time during the day when they need a break from the sun and the sand.
Mayan Ruins of Tulum
The ancient Mayan city of Tulum that is in now in ruins is the only one that ever looked out over the sea. The city was built during the 13th century during the Mayan post-classic period. The Castillo is a castle that was perched on the edge of a twelve-meter limestone cliff and the breathtaking views of the Caribbean coastline are best seen from the top of the castle’s stairs.
Ancient Mayan Ruins in Chichen’ Itza and Coba
The ancient Mayan ruins at Chichen’ Itza and Coba are slightly similar to the ones in Tulum, but each of the three are unique in their own way. Chichen’ Itza is a more developed area and these ruins are the ones that many tourists travel to on tours. Most of the ruins in Coba are unexcavated and the area is surrounded by an overgrown jungle, but people can climb to the top of the temple at that site.
Xel-Ha is the world’s largest natural aquarium and it is a true paradise for nature lovers as well as animal lovers. The aquarium is made up of coves, inlets, and lagoons and is filled with tropical fish that have chosen to call those waters their home. Visitors to the aquarium can spend time in the water with the fish while snorkeling or they can choose to walk along the jungle trails seeking out the different flora and fauna species.
Xcaret is a premiere eco-archaeological theme park that is family friendly and has plenty to keep everyone busy. Guests can snorkel or swim in an underground river or they can choose to swim with dolphins for a while instead. The jungle awaits every guest and people can take a water ride through it, before taking some time to relax at the butterfly pavilion and exploring the ocean fed aquarium.
Rio Secreto is an absolutely spectacular cenote with twelve kilometers of underground rivers to explore. No one needs a diving certificate to enter the water at this magnificent site. Visitors simply follow their guide while walking and floating through the caves. Inside the caves, there are thousands of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites hanging from above.
The white sands of Akumal Beach are only one of the items that make this one of the best beaches in Mexico. Sea turtles live in the waters of Akumal Bay, so anyone who spends time at the beach is likely to see quite a few of them. Akumal Beach is a great destination to go snorkeling, because there is coral reef as well as the turtles and other marine life in the water.
Aktun-Chen means “the cave with cenotes inside” in the Mayan language. This cave is approximately five million years old and is filled with incredible underground caverns and passages. One of the other highlights of a journey to Aktun-Chen is that everyone can swim in the aqua green cenote that can be found inside.
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