The Mayan Riviera is one of Mexico’s most popular places to visit, understandable when you catch sight of its swirling Caribbean seas and gleaming white sands from the plane. Holidays to the Mayan Riviera stretch from Cancun in the north to Tulum in the south, a sleek ribbon of luxurious beach resorts wending its way along the north east of the Yucatan Peninsula. Long, paradisiacal beaches are separated by tropical reserves, diving spots and characterful towns, where you can choose from a range of accommodation, from rustic beachside shacks to big-name luxury hotels.
Along the coast there are a number of different resorts to base your holiday to the Mayan Riviera around – each one slightly different in character. Cancun is a big, flashy resort city, blessed with golden sandy beaches and a perfect climate for enjoying a variety of watersports. Explore the modern glitzy resort to get a taste of Cancun’s party scene and glamorous restaurants, and then head into the city for a real taste of Mexico with its taco stands and salsa bars.
Further along the coast, Playa del Carmen – or Playa as it’s known locally – is a former fishing village on the up, once the only port for the ferries that traversed the waters between the mainland and the island of Cozumel. Nowadays, Playa has developed into a smart resort town, with the mandatory white sand beaches and clear blue waters. Despite its development, the resort has managed to preserve its traditional charms, and there are plenty of Mexican seafood restaurants to sample and Mexican life to experience along the pedestrianised corridor of Quinta Avenida.
Playa is just a short distance from Tulum, a fashionable destination with a laid-back atmosphere and a peppering of boutique properties scattered along the beach, embellished with gently swaying palm trees. Yoga retreats can be found in the jungle or on the beach, close to the preserved ruins of the Castillo, part of an ancient Maya port city that sits on a rocky bluff above a beautiful emerald shoreline. Other ruins nearby include Chichen Itza, easily visited on a day trip from the Mayan Riviera and Coba.
Most Mayan Riviera holidays come at the end of a longer itinerary in Mexico, rounding off an exciting tour with time spent relaxing on the beaches.
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