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The Riviera Maya is a tourist area of Mexico located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo. Geographically it extends along the coast from the town of Puerto Morelos in the north to the town of Punta Allen south, about 130 km in length.
The Riviera Maya, as a tourist destination, was created in 1999, since then it became, in one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico and one of the most popular internationally.
The Riviera Maya is famous for its large scale all-inclusive resorts and a historical tourism base of smaller boutique hotels as well as the many fine-dining restaurants available along the highway 307 and on or near the beaches.
Luxury travel entities have been instrumental in increasing luxury villa rentals and yacht charters in the area however these only represent a small fraction of the total tourism accommodation available.
The Riviera Maya started at the city of Playa del Carmen and ended at the village of Tulum, although the towns of Puerto Morelos situated to the north and between Playa del Carmen and Cancun as well as the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto situated 25 mi, to the south of Tulum are both currently being promoted as part of the Riviera Maya tourist corridor.
A major attraction throughout the Riviera Maya are coastal and reef aquatic activities dependent on the coastal water and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Belize Barrier Reef) which begins near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Riviera Maya continuing southward to Guatemala.
This barrier reef system is the second longest in the world. Activities at the most visited locations include jet-skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming in cenotes, swimming with dolphins, zip-lining, horse riding, sailing, and guided jungle tours.
Archeology is also a big tourist draw in the area, including the popular archeological sites operated by the Instituto Nacional de Archeological such as Tulum on the coast, and Chichen Itza and Coba located some distance inland. The self-named ecoparks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha also include some smaller archeological ruins as part of their attractions, but these natural water theme parks operated by private business consortia attract much larger crowds due to the diversity and range of activities provided, such as swimming with captive dolphins.
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It is the northernmost town in the so-called Riviera Maya. It is located 16 km south of Cancun International Airport and 32 kilometers south of Cancun. The seaside town has a variety of hotels and restaurants with affordable prices and low density. To the north and south of the town are available just over five thousand rooms in hotels such grand resort. Off the coast of Puerto Morelos is Puerto Morelos Reef, protected area and whose shallow barrier reef National Park is located a short distance from the beaches. For the low surf, the place is ideal for windsurfing, snorkeling and diving. The town has a fishing tradition and its port facilities are the largest in the state of Quintana Roo. It features a private marina, a botanical garden, a small zoo crocodile, westward a polo field, and the area known as cenotes route.
- Carmen Beach is one of the most visited sites in the Riviera Maya and, in general, in southeastern Mexico. The city is a tourist destination and also a connection to other attractive mainly related to ecotourism, adventure tourism and beaches, among which are:
- Xcaret eco-archaeological park 6 km south of Playa del Carmen.
- Xplor, natural adventure park located 6 km south of Playa del Carmen on one side of Xcaret.
- Cozumel, an island in front of Playa del Carmen, 45 minutes away by ferry.
- Tulum, Mayan archaeological zone located on the coast 64 km south of Playa del Carmen.
- Xel-Ha ecological park.
- Sian Ka'an Biosphere protected by SEMARNAT and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
It is the largest and most cosmopolitan city of the Riviera Maya, the city is in constant population growth and offers visitors hotels of different categories, shops, silver shops, international restaurants, entertainment, nightclubs, discos along the famous Quinta street Avenida visited by domestic and foreign tourists. Comprising about 4 kilometers long, from 1st Street to 40th Street is a pedestrian street and very safe and busy beaches, especially in the afternoons and evenings. Here most of the trade is concentrated, from craft shops and souvenirs to restaurants, bars and nightclubs. From Constituyentes Avenue, locals have called, unofficially, Fifth Avenue as the New Quinta; since it is the new part and bohemian atmosphere of this important tourist destination. It also has its hotel area called Playacar, which is where the higher rated hotels, shopping centers, residential areas, aviary and the golf course, from there you can travel to the island of Cozumel, famous ferris addressing.
Exclusive tourist and residential development with a high level of privacy and a warm and hospitable nautical atmosphere. In addition to being the most comprehensive marine Yucatan Peninsula, also it has beaches and a golf course. Within the same development we find hotels, golf and tennis club, beach club, school, shopping area and museum, shops, restaurants and bars. This place offers a number of activities both for those who seek rest and enjoy nature and for those who crave enter the nautical world and explore the resources that nature gave to this place or just to make this paradise, instead of residence and enjoy with your family in a beautiful and safe place.
archaeological site of breathtaking beauty on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, bathed in turquoise waters. It was an old commercial port and walled Mayan city. The town has a good and varied choice of hotels and restaurants. To the west are various cenotes and ruins of Coba are located about 40 km away.
It is a pre-Columbian archaeological site of the Mayan culture, located in southeastern Mexico, in the territory now occupied by the state of Quintana Roo, about ninety kilometers east of Chichén Itzá and forty northwest of Tulum. Other researchers authors of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, however, offer slightly different translations at the end Coba, among which may be mentioned 'water chachalacas' because cob is the name of that bird in the region; 'Tooth gopher', also from coh maya 'tooth' and bah 'gopher'; or 'plenty of water' cob 'abundance' and 'ha' water.
Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka'an
The Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka'an (Mayan language: Gate of Heaven, where the sky is born) is a protected area that is located on the Caribbean coast of Quintana Roo (Mexico). It was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1987.
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