The Riviera Maya

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  • 1. Aktun-Chen

    Cave

    The name is Mayan for "the cave with cenotes inside," and these amazing underground caverns—estimated to be about 5-million years old—are the...Read More

  • 2. Cobá Ruins

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Mayan for "water stirred by the wind," Cobá flourished from AD 800 to 1100, with a population of as many as 55,000. Now it stands in solitude...Read More

  • 3. Nacional Beach Club

    Beach–Sight

    Many travelers stumble on this colorful beach club and end up staying past sunset. For just M$135, you get a beach chair, umbrella, and access...Read More

  • 4. Sense Spa

    Spa–Sight

    Rosewood's 17,000-square-foot spa is on its very own jungle-covered island. Wooden walkways lead to a swimming pool and limestone cenote, which...Read More

  • 5. Sian Ka'an

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    One of the last undeveloped stretches of coastline in North America, Sian Ka'an was declared a wildlife preserve in 1986, and a UNESCO World...Read More

  • 6. Tulum Ruins

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Tulum is one of the few Mayan cities known to have been inhabited when the conquistadors arrived in 1518. In the 16th century it was a trade...Read More

  • 7. Akumal Bay

    Beach–Sight

    Known for the sea turtles that swim in its waters, Akumal Bay is sheltered by an offshore reef—sadly only about 30% of it is alive. It's best...Read More

  • 8. Banyan Tree Spa

    Spa–Sight

    Built over freshwater lagoons, the Banyan Tree Spa draws on centuries-old Asian traditions. The therapists (most of whom are from Thailand)...Read More

  • 9. Budha Gardens Spa

    Spa–Sight

    This small day spa in Akumal offers Swedish massage, reflexology, facials, body scrubs, wraps, manicures, and pedicures. After a day in the...Read More

  • 10. Canibal Royal

    Beach–Sight

    Playa's most urbane beach club is set apart from the crowd in more ways than one. It's north of town at Calle 48, and its retro-1960s architecture...Read More

  • 11. Cenotes Kantún Chi

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This Maya-owned and operated eco-park has cenotes and a few beautiful underground caverns that are great for snorkeling and diving, as well...Read More

  • 12. Chacchoben

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Excavated in 2005, Chacchoben (pronounced cha -cho-ben) is an ancient city that was a contemporary of Kohunlich and the most important trading...Read More

  • 13. Chan Yu Yum

    Beach–Sight

    North of Tulum is a smaller bay, known as Chan Yu Yum, edging the Catalonia Royal Tulum. While it's marginally less protected than Omni Beach...Read More

  • 14. Chetumal Bay

    Beach–Sight

    Several grassy beach parks, including Punta Estrella and Dos Mulas, surround the bay. The latter is presently not recommended due to maintenance...Read More

  • 15. Croco-Cun Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

    The biologists running the Croco-Cun Zoo, an animal farm just north of Puerto Morelos, have collected specimens of many of the reptiles and...Read More

  • 16. Dzibanché

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The alliance between sister cities Dzibanché and Kinichná was thought to have made them the most powerful cities in southern Quintana Roo during...Read More

  • 17. Fatima Bay

    Beach–Sight

    Although the marina is the main focus here, Puerto Aventuras' beaches are naturally stunning and seldom crowded. The main one, Fatima Bay, commonly...Read More

  • 18. Fuerte de San Felipe Bacalar

    Military Site

    This 17th-century stone fort was built by the Spaniards using stones from the nearby Mayan pyramids. It was originally constructed as a haven...Read More

  • 19. Half Moon Bay

    Beach–Sight

    The crescent bay on the north end of Akumal has shallow waters and almost no current, making it a safe swimming spot for children; the snorkeling...Read More

  • 20. Indigo Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Cure your morning hangover with the breakfast buffet (M$150) at this beach club beside El Taj Condo Hotel. The restaurant serves fresh fusion...Read More

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