Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera (I)
The Mayan Riviera, Mexico's 80-mile long Caribbean coastline, stretches from the quaint fishing village of Puerto Morelos to the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka'an. It's a coastline of hidden coves, white-powder sand beaches and gleaming aquamarine seas. Perfectly blue skies and green coconut palms scattered on the beaches' edge compete this picture-perfect postcard. This sliver of heaven offers visitors orange of vacation options from eco-tourism to ultra luxury destinations.
Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Cancun
Cancun, once a coconut plantation, became a tourist mecca during the late 1970s, mainly because of its design. Cancun is now a wonderful place to practice jet skiing, snorkel, scuba diving, swimming, and sailing. Alternatively, you can take one of the hundreds of tours to modern beaches. High rise hotels hug the coastline, while bars and restaurants spill into Cancun's "party central" area that attracts tourists from all over the world.
Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen was once an old fishing village. Now, 34 miles south of Cancun's airport, the town's main shopping street, Fifth Avenue, is a pedestrian mall, whose shops lure visitors with tequila, sombreros and other tourist items. Playa, as it is referred to by locals, offers everything from luxury hotels with all the facilities, to smaller personalized establishments; several bars, shopping malls, bistros serving traditional and international food, cultural and recreational spots, water sports and golf.
Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Chichen Itza
Inland from the pristine beaches, Chichen Itza performed an important role in Mayan religious rites, since its birth in the fourth century. People believed that the cenotes, or underwater sinkholes, were doorways to the afterlife. Now that Chichen Itza has been made a New World Wonder, the ancient ruins are a major tourist stop.
Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Xcaret
One of Riviera Maya's biggest attractions, Xcaret, was once a Mayan port for departures to Cozumel. There's swimming along an underground river, dolphin programs and cultural attractions. Visitors come to learn about the area's ecology and Mayan history, relax on the beach, float down one of two subterranean rivers, swim with dolphins, or wander the jungle-shrouded trails.