Learn About the Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Riviera Maya is a popular tourism and resort district located south of Cancun, Mexico.
It straddles the main coastal highway that connects Cancun to Tulum.
Its route takes you along the Caribbean coastline, located in the state of Quintana Roo, in the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula.
The Riviera Maya includes the municipalities of Cancun in the north and Tulum in the south. It extends approximately 40 km (25 mi) inland to the border with the Mexican state of Yucatán.
The Riviera Maya is famous for its plethora of all-inclusive resorts and historical sites, such as the ancient pyramids of Chichén Itzá.
There are also smaller boutique hotels and the many fine-dining restaurants available along the way in cities like Playa del Carmen and street tacos on or near some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Luxury hotel brands like the Hyatt, Hilton, and Marriott have been instrumental in the growth of tourism to the Riviera Maya.
Government development plans include establishing many new cities along the main federal highway 307.
They have also started constructing trains which will begin in Merida (Yucatán) and stop at all the major coastal cities such as Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Bacalar.
Bacalar is only 40 miles from the country of Belize.
Where is the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef?
One of the many attractions of the Riviera Maya is the fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling it provides due to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Belize Barrier Reef).
This coral reef begins near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Riviera Maya, continuing south to Guatemala.
This Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the second longest coral reef in the world.
Some water sports enjoyed the most are jet-skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming in cenotes, swimming with dolphins, swimming with whale sharks, zip-lining, horse riding, sailing, and guided jungle tours.
Ancient Pyramid sites are a big tourist attraction because they offer popular archeological sites in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Chichen Itza, and Coba.
Playacar is within walking distance from Playa del Carmen and offers smaller archeological ruins as part of its attractions.
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