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Riviera Maya Travel Guide

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Plan Your Riviera Maya Vacation

Mexico's Caribbean coastline can be divided into two sections: developed coast and wild coast. The northern stretch from Punta Tanchacté to Punta Allen—the Riviera Maya—has the most sights and accommodations, and includes some of the Yucatán's most beautiful ruins and cenotes. The southern stretch, between Punta Allen and Chetumal, is where civilization thins out. Here in the "Costa Maya"

you'll find the most alluring landscapes, including the pristine jungle wilderness of the Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an.

Wildlife has been affected by the development of coastal resorts. Thanks to the federal government's foresight, however, 1.6 million acres of coastline and jungle have been set aside for protection as the Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an. Whatever may happen elsewhere along the coast, this preserve is a haven for the wildlife and the travelers who seek the Yucatán of old.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Visiting Mayan ruins with a Caribbean view The ruins at Tulum, only an hour south of Playa del Carmen, are a dramatic remnant of a sophisticated pre-Columbian people with an eye for real estate—the site overlooks the Caribbean, in one of Mexico's classic postcard views.
  2. Casting for bonefish These elusive shallows-dwellers, off the Chinchorro Reef near the Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka'an, can match wits with even the most seasoned fly-fisher.
  3. Relaxing at a spa The Riviera Maya is flush with luxurious spa resorts to indulge your every whim, and then some.
  4. Snorkeling with parrotfish and spotted eagle rays The turquoise waters of the Puerto Morelos Maritime National Park, just off the Yucatán's east coast, are teeming with protected marine life.
  5. Exploring the inland jungle South of Rio Bec, you might glimpse howler monkeys, coatimundis, and Yucatán parrots in the thick, unspoiled forest.

When To Go

When to Go

Peak Season: November–April. The coastal weather is heavenly, with temperatures of 80°F and near-constant ocean breezes. Rates reflect increased...

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