The Riviera Maya is one of the hottest vacation spots right now. Located on the east coast of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo, the Riviera Maya spans the eastern portion of the Yucatan peninsula. From Cancun to Playa del Carmen, down to Tulum and Costa Maya, this region has become a top vacation destination in recent years.
The Riviera Maya has a lot for everyone. There’s delicious food, fantastic weather, great adventures, and beautiful beaches. It’s no wonder people are heading to the area for vacations from all over the world.
One of the best things to do in the Riviera Maya is visiting the eco parks in the area. Parks like Xel-Ha and Xcaret offer an incredible opportunity to spend a day exploring the land. Located on natural lagoons, you can zipline, swim with dolphins, snorkel, view local animals, and eat local cuisine.
If you’ve never been to one of these parks, you will surely be surprised. They’re nothing like traditional amusement parks. The focus is on nature, natural beauty, and culture. The Riviera Maya has a great post comparing Xel-Ha and Xcaret at https://therivieramaya.org/xel-ha-vs-xcaret/.
Snorkel and Scuba
The Riviera Maya has some amazing snorkeling. The Mesoamerican Reef runs right up the coast, offering home to many different fish, coral, and other sea life. You can head out to Cozumel to get to the reef more easily, or take a boat tour out to the reef.
There are also wonderful spots like Isla Mujeres, where you can swim with sharks. Or Akumal, the sea of turtles where you’re sure to enjoy yourself. If you love being in the water and seeing the sea life in its natural habitat, the Riviera Maya has all you could possibly hope for.
Finally, there are tons of sites of Mayan ruins in the Riviera Maya. You can access famous ruins like Chichen Itza and Tulum with ease. There are also lesser-known sites which are easily accessible. You can check out Muyil, the Xaman Ha Ruins, Coba, and many more.