Discover the small fishing village of Puerto Morelos, vibrant relaxed town of Playa Del Carmen, travel further south to the secluded town of Akumal and the popular hippy town Tulum. Along the way you will find Eco parks, wildlife sanctuaries (come face to face with a jaguar, spider monkeys and much more), find yourself walking amongst ancient ruins, zip-lining above the jungle canopies and swim in fresh water cenotes. Discover the wonders of the Riviera Maya….
The Riviera Maya is completely within the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The terrain is flat and covered by low tropical jungle, the geology is high purity carbonates down to a depth of 0.5 – 1.5 km below the surface.
Towns Of The Riviera Maya
Puerto Morelos: Time here moves at a slow pace and has a the charm and feel of a majestic bohemian lifestyle (in the best sense of the word) with a low-key atmosphere. It is a place where you can unwind and really appreciate the beauty of what the Riviera Maya has to offer.
Playa Del Carmen: Originally a small fishing town like Puerto Morelos still is today, tourism to Playa del Carmen began with the passenger ferry service to Cozumel, an island across the Cozumel channel and world famous scuba diving destination. Playa Del Carmen is located about 40 minutes drive from Cancun, the thriving town comes alive both day and night. Experience 5th avenue’s local and international restaurants, famous Mamitas beach and one very laid back town. The town has something for everyone, one day here is not enough!!!
Akumal: Akumal is a small beach-front tourist resort community 100 km south of Cancún, between the towns of Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The town was founded in 1958 as a scuba divers community due to the rich and abundant sea life and reefs found here, the beaches to the north and south are endangered Green Sea Turtle habitat. Yal Ku Lagoon to the north is a haven for snorkeling; a publicly accessible area where fresh water percolating through ground limestone meets salt water and creates nutrient-rich habitat for marine life.
Tulum: One town you have to experience is Tulum, beautiful beach side town known most famously around the world for it’s magnificent Mayan Ruins and village, cenotes & Eco friendly beach hotels. Here you will not find giant resorts or high rises but simple yet luxurious bungalows a cabanas and some of the most amazing local cuisine and produce. Like all the towns in the Riviera Maya the best way to see everything and to really experience life here is by renting a bike or a local guide.
Beyond Tulum: The Yucatan Peninsula doesn’t stop at Tulum beyond is a world waiting for you to explore, visit Mahahual a town that is still rebuilding after hurricane Dean destroyed most of the town in 2007. Mahahual is mostly known for her cruise ship port that welcomes almost 2 to 3 ships daily, here you will find a sleepy beach front fishing town full of life and activities. Go sailing, diving, fishing, quad bike adventures, visit archaeological sites or sit back and relax. The next town south of Mahahual is Bacalar, upon driving into this town all you will see is endless views of the most beautiful waters (known as laguna Bacalar). The site is almost indescribable, the water tastes like sugar and feels amazing on the skin. The Mayan town’s other feature is the fortress de San Felipe Bacalar which was used for the ever threat of pirates and the Spanish invaders, this town will leave you wanting to come back.