Top 10 Things to See and Do
1. The beaches of the Riviera Maya are what holiday fantasies are made of: dazzling white sands lapped by electric turquoise waters stretch on for miles, baking in the warmth of the sizzling Mexican sun. Whether you prefer to sip cocktails at a lively beach bar, indulge in the endless array of water sports or simply laze on a sun lounger diligently working on your tan, Riviera Maya will provide the beach for you.
2. The majestic Mayan ruins of Tulum crown a dramatic coastline, overlooking an awe-inspiring panorama of pristine sand and sapphire sea. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Mayas; the atmospheric ruins are one of the best preserved coastal Maya sites, and well worth a visit.
3. Enjoy Riviera Maya’s jaw-dropping coastline from the sparkling, crystalline waters on a luxury catamaran cruise. Enjoy food and drink on board, as well as stop-offs to swim and explore the coral – be sure to keep your eyes peeled for turtles!
4. The fascinating Xcaret park encapsulates several of Mexico’s finest traditions within its boundaries. Visit a real Mayan village, a bat cave, a bird pavilion and the island of jaguars, float on an underground river, visit the coral reef Aquarium and watch ancient Mayan dances and traditional performances as night falls at Mexico Espectacular, which features over 300 performers.
5. The Riviera Maya’s crystal clear blue waters are a haven for keen divers; with a number of spectacular underwater sites of mysterious caves and colourful coral reef up and down the coast, diving companies offer lessons, scuba and snorkelling trips and even certification courses, and are equipped to cater to all levels of ability.
6. A short distance south of Puerto Morelos, the 60-hectare nature reserve of Jaardin Botanico Yaax Chi boast three kilometres of scenic trails and sections dedicated to orchids, palms, ferns and plants used in traditional Maya medicine, as well as the only coastal troop of spider monkeys left in the region.
7. Home to one of the most important collections of Mayan artifacts in all of Mexico, the Museo Maya de Cancun proves that there is more to the city than just nightlife and beaches. Displays include approximately 350 pieces from key sites around the peninsula, from jewellery to ceramics and sculptures, and the price of admission includes access to the nearby San Miguelito ruins.
8. The stunning coast of the Riviera Maya provides opportunities for just about any water sport you would care to name! Fire up a jetski or take a speedboat tour, go donuting, banana boating or waterskiing; sail, windsurf, or soar above it all on a parasailing adventure – the options are endless and the choice is all yours!
9. Pay a visit to Rivera Maya’s exciting Xplor park for an action-packed day of outdoor adventure; soar over the treetops on a course with 14 ziplines, swim between the stalactites and stalagmites in an underground river, ride an amphibious vehicle through the jungle and take a raft ride through dramatic rock formations.
10. It would be negligent not to mention Cancun’s world renowned nightlife on a list of the Riviera’s top attractions; with everything from raucous beach parties and super clubs frequented by celebs and world-famous DJ’s to elegant cocktail bars and vibrant live music venues, no two nights out in Cancun have to be the same if you don’t want them to!
Culture in Mexico
Mexico boasts what is perhaps one of the most fascinating cultures in the world, blending Spanish (and more recently North American) cultural influences, ancient native traditions and strong artistic expressions. A fairly religious country, almost ninety percent of the Mexican population identify as Roman Catholic. Mexican people place a high value on structure and hierarchy in both business and family matters – families are typically large, and Mexicans take their responsibilities to immediate and extended family members very seriously.