Located south of Cancun in Mexico, Riviera Maya is a resort and tourism district. It is located along the coast on the Caribbean coastline of the Quintana Roo state which is located along the eastern part of the Yucatán Peninsula. Originally called the Cancun-Tulum corridor, the region was renamed as the Riviera Maya.
This place is a treasure trove of natural beauties which just beckons one to take a vacation in here. While hotels galore here, going for Riviera Maya rental homes will let you live out your vacation the way you want it to.
Have you begun planning? How about we tell you about what you can do while there:
Go for a Chichen Itza Deluxe Tour
A two hour guided tour of the famous and iconic Mayan ruins of Chicken Itza completes with abundant free time to explore the temples on your own grounds. Sounds good? Yes, it does. Hop into a ride from your location and head over to the Mayaland Hotel which will be your base of operations regarding this excursion.
The hotel comes with its perks as you will be able to enjoy their swimming pool, the tropical botanical gardens there and the Xtoloc Cenote. You don’t even have to worry about waiting in long lines as a private entrance will allow you to head over directly to the archeological site from where a certified guide will take over and tell you the secrets of the ancient civilization. You will learn about the historical significance of the structures like the La Iglesia, the Nunnery, the observatory and the Akab Dzib. Next up, head over to the main plaza to witness some of the site’s grandest of structures. This includes the renowned pyramid of the Temple of Kukulcan.
Head over to Cenote Ik-Kil
The Ik-Kil is one of Yucatan’s most famous cenote ponds and here you will be able to cool off in the cold and fresh underground waters, all while enjoying a stunning view. The base of this trio will also be the Maryland Hotel and after a day of diving and swimming, you can come back to the hotel for lunch and choose between restaurants which offer Yucatecan, Mexican or international cuisine along with beautiful traditional music and dance performances to complete the atmosphere.
Explore the secrecy of the Xcaret Park
If you love Mexican culture, then you surely will love celebrating its beauty at the Xcaret Park while soaking up some sun. This nature-based park is located right in the heart of the region and this nature-based park features a lot of activities and attractions- more than 40 as such which are surrounded by underground rivers lush jungles and of course, the beautiful Caribbean Sea.
Keep your park map close and check it to head over to the Hacienda Henequenera which will show you the bright colours of the plants growing in this plantation. Then head over to the Folk Art Museum to gaze at the works of famous Mexican artists before going to the Fiesta Charts, which is an equestrian performance that brilliantly showcases the art of traditional Mexican horsemanship.
While on the subject of animals, head over to the aviary and feast your eyes on scarlet macaws, pink flamingos, turtles and other species of birds, which rack up the species count to 44. If flowers are also your thing, then you will love admiring the blossoms which are housed in the Living Museum of Orchids. You will also get to detour and discover the underground rivers which act as part of a network of channels that go under the Yucatan Peninsula. So snorkel, sail and swim along the park’s turquoise waters.
Then head over to the Mayan Village site to bear witness to this fascinating ancient civilization. Finally, do save your excitement for Espectacular, which is an amazing musical celebration of Mexico’s history with incredible dancing and costumes. Pro tip: Select Xcaret Plus to get park admission along with an entry to Xcaret Plus area where you will be able to enjoy a meal at any one of the restaurants in the park.
Visit the Riviera Maya Golf Club with Transportation
Love golfing? Then you will surely enjoy playing around at one of the Caribbean’s finest courses which are 222 acres of pure bliss. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, this course features cenote sinkholes, lakes and is nestled right into the tropical greens of the Yucatan jungle. Thus, providing a truly unique environment.
You will have the option to choose between the 9 hole, par- 27 courses or the complete 18 hole, par 72 courses. The club has equipment at the pro shop which you can borrow so no need to lug clubs or shoes. Don’t go sweaty back home, take full advantage of the on-site showers and lockers over and before the game. Feel refreshed- when you can relax with friends at the sports bar and restaurant after your game is over.
Give a Treat to your tastebuds
Mexico is a country whose culture is as varied as a colours of a rainbow and this is nowhere better represented than in its food. Its cuisine is the product of many cultural influences which include people from the Mayan Indians to the French.
You will find everything from meat filled carnitas to tamales and tacos to fajitas. We would also recommend you to try something which is called by the Mexicans as the goodness of the gods- criollo chocolate, which is made by using beans favoured by the ancient Mayans.
Riviera Maya is an unforgettable location where people come to relax, but also engage in adventure. So hop on a plane and join in on the fun!