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Riviera Maya Vacation Guide
The Riviera Maya stretches from Cancun airport in the north all the way south to Tulum, miles and miles of stunning beach and jungle line the coast, in which are nestled, respectful to their surroundings over 250 hotels, guest houses and Casitas. The Riviera Maya is also abundant with Cenotes, freshwater swimming and drinking holes, which the Maya believed were the gateways the underworld and fantastic archaeological sites.
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The first town you will come across is the quaint fishing village of Puerto Morelos. Located 20km from the airport it is the oldest fishing village on this coast. Life here is slow, the town centre has a friendly laid back atmosphere and the hotels, in the main are small boutique style accommodations. Some excellent seafood is to be had here and there is also a great Thai restaurant. Charming and uncomplicated sums up life in Puerto Morelos.
A little after Puerto Morelos, there is a beach you have to visit, Punta Maroma was, in 2002, voted best beach in the world, need we say more.
Next on the agenda is Tres Rios. At 15km north of Playa del Carmen Tres Rios is a must stop for any enthusiast of the outdoors and one of the most interesting natural parks in the Riviera Maya. From whizzing through the jungle by mountain bike to drifting lazy along in a canoe shaded by the mangroves with bids and wildlife as your guides, Tres Rios is well worth visiting on your journey down the Riviera Maya.
Playacar is right next to Playa del Carmen. Here you will find all inclusive resorts of the highest quality, a stunning 18 hole golf course and plenty of boutiques to browse around. For bird lovers within Playacar there is an amazing bird sanctuary, home to 200 species of birds.
Xcaret is visited by thousands of tourists a year, and they keep going back, for the simply reason it’s incredibly beautiful and a great day out. There are underground rivers to swim in, a Maya village, watch the amazing night show, relax on the beach, and learn the culture of the Maya, it’s simply amazing.
Akumal is about 1/2 an hour from Playa del Carmen and protected by a reef, so bring your snorkeling gear. Although there are now hotels and stores catering to the tourists Akumal has managed to keep hold of its rustic charm. Akumal is said to be the home of the first “mestizo”, of mixed Maya and Spanish blood, and there is a statue of to this gentleman’s honor, Gonzalo Guerro. Just offshore, for diving enthusiasts, there are an amazing array of caves to dive and also explore the coral garden.
Xel-Ha is a natural water park, the name translates to “where the water flows”. Enclosed by lush tropical vegetation, Xel-Ha, has the added bonus of beach and river. Explore the jungle paths, full of parrots and brightly colored birds, snorkel in the river or swim with the Dolphins. Xel-Ha is fun for all ages.
Sian ka’an Biosphere is probably the most important ecological reserves in the Mayan world. Spanning 526,000 hectares of protected lush tropical environment, it in a world of its own. Sian ka’an Biosphere is all about natural ecosystems working in harmony with one another. There are no modern hotels here, just the world as it was created in the beginning.
Punta Allen is about as far away in culture and lifestyle as you can get from Cancun, it is a peaceful village where the predominant catch of the day is lobster. The locals are some of the friendliest people you could meet, and they are willing to provide you with any information on the biosphere.

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