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Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Riviera Maya Overview

Riviera Maya is a place in Mexico that offers pristine blue ocean waters, sugar like beaches, luxurious spas, unmatched archaeological discoveries, and unbelievable shopping and dining…just for starters.

The above description is really no exaggeration.  Riviera Maya, located on the Yucatan Peninsula, has become an all inclusive vacation paradise.  It’s home to a large number of top-notch resorts and features outstanding activities for visitors.  It has the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest coral reef in the continent.  So as you can imagine, it’s a haven for scuba divers and snorkelers alike.  Visitors can also take part in jet skiing, horse riding, swimming, viewing and playing with dolphins.  But among the top attractions is touring the array of ancient archaeological and nature spots.  They’re unique to Riviera Maya and to the Northern Hemisphere. 

Riviera Maya is also a vacationer’s dream for those who enjoy being pampered.  The spas offer specialty treatments in massage, wraps and other relaxing ways to ease stress.  Other fun activities include a round of golf at one of the many courses designed by renowned personalities like Jack Nicklaus. 

Riviera Maya is the only place where tourists can swim in crystalline waters while viewing archaeological sites.  The largest Mayan building sits at the top of a cliff as a reminder of the richness of an ancient culture.  In the same area, visitors can witness the magnificence of cave paintings made with color pigment. 

History buffs will marvel in places like Coba.  This site boasts fifty square miles of Mayan structures including a pyramid known as Nohoch Muul.  It’s the tallest in the Yucatan. 

The climate in Riviera Maya is temperate and warm throughout the year.  It’s ideal for any type of activity or simply relaxing. 

The region is also the ideal location for nature lovers.  From the scenic landscapes to the magic of its underground there’s no other place like it.  Kun Chen is referred to as a paradise beneath.  It’s a collection of caverns and fresh water sinkholes.  The number of formations including stalagmites and stalactites inside the caverns is impressive.  And the fauna is also a must see.  Tours are available to take out of towners through the jungles and on boat trips.  Or visitors can opt for exploring Xcaret which happens to be the most outstanding natural aquarium in the world. 

Culture is all around you.  In restaurants and sites, travelers will have limitless opportunities to learn about the Mexican and Mayan heritage.  Music and dance give you a better insight into their traditions. 

And while shopping, one can appreciate the beautiful handicrafts.  It’s the ideal venue for purchasing semi-precious stone jewelry made from amethyst, onyx, opal, turquoise, lapis lazuli to name a few. 

Riviera Maya’s dining scene has become part of its attractiveness.  Restaurants feature fresh caught seafood and shellfish, quality imported beef and creative regional specialties.  Mexican cuisine and spices are not only hot but tasty.  

Riviera Maya is a must see for any serious traveler. 

 

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