Top Reasons to Go to the Riviera Maya

Tulum: Only an hour south of Playa del Carmen, the ruins are a dramatic remnant of a sophisticated pre-Columbian people overlooking the Caribbean—one of Mexico's classic views.

Casting for bonefish: These elusive shallows-dwellers, off the Chinchorro Reef near the Reserva de la Biósfera Sian Ka'an, can match wits with even the most seasoned fly-fisher.

Relaxing at a spa: The Riviera Maya is flush with luxurious spas, some incorporating native ingredients and ancient rituals into their treatments.

Snorkeling and diving outer reefs and cenotes: The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Banco Chinchorro, and freshwater cenotes (cavernous sinkholes) are teeming with marine life.

Soaking up local culture: Cradled between mangrove and sea, the quaint fishing village of Puerto Morelos has maintained its authenticity despite neighboring growth.

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