Attractions in Riviera Maya

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Starting just below Cancun, the Riviera Maya stretches down to Tulum, and within this coridor is a wide selection of attractions.  Beaches, of course, are what draws tourists in, but it is the historical and even natural elements that grab hold and show them the heart and soul of the region.


Playa Tulum

You'll find a large selection of beaches to visit in the area. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you'd rather find a more secluded spot, you can find what you want. Click on each beach name for more information concerning that specific beach.

Half Moon Bay Beach: The beach is backed by a number of privately owed condos, but that shouldn't deter guests from planning a day on this beach. The snorkeling is worth a trip, with turtles, barracudas, small fish, and even a shark on occasion.

A second option for beach-goers to consider is Playa Chacal. Chacala is one of the most underdeveloped beaches along the coast. Aside from a resort property, the beach is void of any excess. Visitors who head to this shore are doing so in order to escape the pressures of daily life and enjoy a day of seclusion in a tropical paradise.

Maroma Beach: Pure white sands, warm deep blue waters, and stucco huts with thatched roof are what you'll encounter when you arrive at Maroma Beach. The beach is lined with palm trees and the calm waters are great for snorkeling.

These examples are merely a few of the options that are available. To see our full guide to beaches, click here.

Landmark Attractions

Tulum Maya Ruins

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Tulum Maya Ruins. It is located in southern Riviera Maya. One of the most visited Maya sites in the Mexican Caribbean, Tulum, was once one of the most powerful Maya cities, and served as an extensive trade network. It is also one of the few walled cities the ancient Mayas built, which is why the name Tulum, which means "Wall" in Maya is so apt.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Cedam Museum. It is situated in Puerto Aventuras, in central Riviera Maya. History buffs and anyone interested in the maritime past of Puerto Rico will want to take a visit to the Cedam Museum. The museum features exhibits that will take visitors through the naval history of the island, and more specifically the La Gloria area.

Punta Allen Lighthouse: Punta Allen Lighthouse is an active lighthouse that stills helps guide night sailors along the coast of the Mexican Caribbean.

These are only a few of the places worth checking out Go to this extended discussion which is all about other interesting landmarks in this area if you'd like to find out more facts.

Natural Attractions

Aktun Chen Cave System

Aktun Chen Cave System is one of the natural attractions that's worth a visit. Located within the Indiana Jones Natural Adventure Park are a number of activities that guests can participate in and lots of wildlife to see. One of the attractions on site is the Aktun Chen Cave system. Formed over five million years ago, visitors can now marvel at the variety of columns, stalagmites, and stalactites

A second local attraction you might like is Kantun Chi Eco Park. An ecopark that delves into the world of the ancient Maya, Kantun Chi allows guests to explore mystical caverns and swim in underground lakes.

These examples are only a few of the options worth consideration Anyone needing to find more details about natural attractions in Riviera Maya, can do so by visiting this page.


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