Riviera Maya Holiday Guide

Enjoy this sunny piece Mexican coastline, enjoy the natural wonders of the Yucatán Peninsula and gaze upon the Mayan ruins.

The Riviera Maya, located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, is the ultimate destination for relaxation. Here you’ll find beautiful tropical beaches, elegant resorts and breathtaking natural wonders, as well as some of the most popular archaeological sites in Mexico.

The resort of Playa del Carmen, with its fantastic beaches, fine dining and entertainment venues, is an excellent place to start your visit. From there take a ferry to Cozumel, an island with a rich history, world-famous dive sites and lush jungles.

Check out San Miguel de Cozumel where you'll find the Museo de la Isla de Cozumel (Cozumel's museum). Here you’ll not only learn everything about the Olmeken and Mayan history of the island, but also the area’s marine fauna.

In the south of the island you’ll find the great botanical gardens of the Chankanaab National Park. Here you can swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery or unwind at one of the many spas. Around here you’ll also find Palancar Beach, where the water is so clear and calm you can see the fish swimming about from the beach.

On the southernmost tip of the island you’ll find the stunning ecological reserve, Punta Sur Ecological Park, with more than 200 species of birds, crocodiles, giant tortoises and an ancient Mayan watchtower- a great place to see animals in their own habitat. Swim, snorkel and dive in the ecological park of Kantun-Chi in, with its spectacular sinkholes and explore its tropical gardens.

Looking for some impressive archaeological sites to learn more about the Mayans? Visit Chichen Itza and the ruins of the Mayan city of Tulum on the mainland. The miraculous ruins of Chichen Itza are more than a thousand years old and a fine example of the architectural style of the Mayans and Toltekenculturen.

Sun, sea, sand and culture all in one place; better book your trip to Riviera Maya with Expedia today.

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