Riviera Maya, also known as the Mayan Riviera, hugs the eastern coastline of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. A prime stretch of beach, Riviera Maya faces the Caribbean Sea's gentle waters under which lie the second largest coral reef barrier in the world.
The Mayan Coast has a warm, tropical climate with intense midday sun. The average daily temperature ranges from 77° to 86° F and the rainy season occurs May through November.
North to south along the Riviera Maya are the towns and attractions of: Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Secreto, Playa Paraiso, Punta Maroma, Punta Bete, Xcalacoco, Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, Puerto Aventuras, Xpu-Ha, Kantenah, Aktun Chen, Akumal, Xel-Ha, Tankah, Tulum, Punta Pedra, Boca Paila, and Punta Allen. The offshore island of Cozumel is also considered part of the Riviera Maya.
Riviera Maya AttractionsWhile the beach and the water are the main attractions of the Riviera Maya, there are unique cultural and historic points of interest inland.
The excursion to Chichen Itza deep within the jungle takes up most of a day. It begins with an early-morning pick-up at your hotel. It takes about 2.5 hours to drive to the ancient Maya capital, where visitors can experience the Observatory, Sacred Well, Ball Court, and El Castillo pyramid.
Tulum & Xel-Ha
Typically an all-day excursion to Tulum combines an immersion in Maya history with the natural beauty of Xel-Ha, a natural aquarium and eco-park with clear waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Xcaret, an eco-archeological park that is an hour's drive from Cancun, is a place you'll have to visit more than once to experience it all. It features an aquarium, aviary, butterfly pavilion, botanical garden, Mayan village, and archaeological sites. Visitors also can float down an underground river, snorkel, go horseback riding, and swim with dolphins. Xcaret also has restaurants and nightly entertainment.
How to Reach the Riviera MayaThe main point of arrival is Cancun International Airport. From there, visitors can travel to southern points on the Riviera Maya via the coastal highway.
While the official currency is the Mexican peso, the U.S. dollar is accepted almost universally on the Riviera Maya.
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