Riviera Maya Attractions

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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

There are a large selection of beaches to choose from in the area. Whether you prefer people watching, or you prefer a more secluded spot, you can find a beach that fits your preferences. You can click on the name of each beach for a detailed review of that part of the coast.

Half Moon Bay Beach: A small protected inlet that keeps waters calm and supports a rich underwater marine habitat, Half Moon Bay Beach is a great spot for snorkeling, but it is quiet and relaxing enough that you can spend a day relaxing on the shore as well.

Another alternative worth considering is Playa Chacal. Playa Chacala is a horseshoe shaped inlet with clear, calm waters that are so bright blue it's almost hard to believe such a color exists. The shore is covered in white sand that is soft and warm enough to sink your feet into and dotted with coconut palms.

Puerto Morelos Beach: This beach is located right in the center of town near the Pelicanos Restaurant.

Riviera Maya has a nice selection of beaches to choose from. Click on this link to see our page dedicated to beaches for Riviera Maya.

Landmark Attractions

Tulum Maya Ruins

Many travelers choose to visit Tulum Maya Ruins. It is located within southern Riviera Maya. If you're planing on visiting Tulum, make sure you set aside an entire day to do so. Located on Tulum property are about 60 well preserved buildings, as well as numerous other natural sites to see, most of which are housed within the Sian Ka'an biosphere.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Cedam Museum. It is found within Puerto Aventuras, in central Riviera Maya. The Cedam Museum offers paper guides that allow guests to explore the exhibits at the own pace. Visitors will find exhibits detailing the impact that sailing has had for the local and island-wide way of life.

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

This area has other sites to visit. To read about other landmarks in Riviera Maya, read this page.

Natural Attractions

Aktun Chen Cave System

Aktun Chen Cave System is one of the most enjoyable natural attractions. <p>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</p>

Kantun Chi Eco Park is another local attraction to consider. <p>An ecopark that delves into the world of the ancient Maya, Kantun Chi allows guests to explore mystical caverns and swim in underground lakes.</p>

Riviera Maya offers quite a few other nature attractions. Take advantage of this extended discussion about natural attractions in Riviera Maya if you'd like to find some more information.


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