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Riviera Maya is the most popular tourist area in Mexico. It stretches to nearly hundred kilometers on the Yucatan Peninsula, and it goes from Puerto Morelos to the attractive Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve. In the past Riviera Maya was filled with small villages, but today it is a home of the most modern all-inclusive resorts, great restaurants, spa centers, vibrant nightlife and great beaches.
On Riviera Maya you will find stunningly beautiful long stretches of white sandy beaches, while the Caribbean waters are always pleasantly warm and ideal for spending family-friendly vacations.
There are plenty of interesting towns along Riviera Maya worth exploring. Playa del Carmen is one of the most attractive towns to see, Cancun is well known party destination, Puerto Morelos is nice laidback town, while Tulum has many interesting ancient attractions.
When it comes to beaches, Riviera Maya is filled with fantastic powdery beaches. Playa Paraiso and Playa del Secreto should not be missed, while Punta Maroma is often voted as one of the top beaches in the world.
Kantenah Bay is another great place with shallow waters and long beach strips, while Akumal beach is the nesting place of the protected sea turtles. Tankah Bay is the home of the attractive cenote named Manate, which is a great spot for diving. Punta Allen, Boca Paila and Yalcu Inlet are a few other amazing beaches where you can relax and enjoy your holidays.
Riviera Maya has a great weather all year long, with average annual temperature in the upper 20s C. The rainy season is between May and November, while the dry season is between December and April. Sea waters are always nice and warm, with average sea temperature ranging between 26 C and 29 C.
Riviera Maya attracts millions of tourists thanks to its largely developed beach resorts, all-inclusive hotels, top quality dining and shopping options, as well as attractive historical places. One major attraction on Riviera Maya is the protected coral reef, part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System.
This reef system starts at Cancun, stretches along the Riviera Maya and goes all the way to Guatemala. It is the second biggest reef system in the world that regularly attracts snorkelers and scuba divers from all over the world.
Other popular activities besides scuba diving on Riviera Maya include swimming in cenotes, jet-skiing, windsurfing, zip-lining, horseback riding and going on guided tours in the jungles. There are plenty of beautiful ancient archeological spots in the region worth visiting.
Tulum is one of the most attractive historic places on the coast, while Coba and Chichen Itza offer some stunning historic things to see inlands. Eco-tours are always popular, with eco parks of Xel-Ha and Xcaret being most attractive.
There are some interesting ancient ruins in those parks, and these themed eco parks are also very attractive for the families because of the many activities on offer. Visitors get the chance to swim with the dolphins, observe and interact with different species of animals, explore underground rivers, or relax in the nature.