The Yucatán Peninsula’s Riviera Maya extends along 75 miles of the Mexican Caribbean coast from Puerto Morelos to Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve with white sand beaches, turquoise water, luxury resorts, spas, golf courses, coral reefs, cave diving, snorkeling, scuba diving, and pre-Columbian Mayan ruins. Riviera Maya all inclusive vacations offer a little something for everyone who visits this diverse region.
Puerto Morelos is a small fishing village with an iconic lighthouse. There is a National Marine Park — part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef — in the village. The village is popular with foodies, as there are several restaurants serving freshly-caught seafood.
Playa del Carmen, a town on the coast, is one of the world’s top dive destinations. The water is clear, making exploration of the underwater caves a popular activity. You can visit the nearby island of Cozumel, 45 minutes by bus or 30 minutes by high-speed ferry.
Cozumel is an island adjacent to Playa del Carmen, once used by the Mayans for their ceremonies, and currently a popular cruise ship port-of-call. Made famous by oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, international divers and snorkelers flock to Cozumel to explore the wonders of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. San Miguel is the only town on the island. You will find traditional Mayan handicrafts in the shops in there as well as many restaurants and cafes for when you need a treat and a break from touring. You can also visit Tulum, a charming village, which contains one of Mexico’s most important archaeological sites. Much of the Mayan architecture, more than 1000 years old, is intact.
Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve, outside where the town of Tulum, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The 1.3 million acres in this protected coastal area is home to 115 species of mammals, 318 species of butterflies, 375 species of birds, 1048 species of flora, 84 species of coral in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and much more. You won’t experience a larger range of natural beauty anywhere else than what they will find here!