Holidays in Riviera Maya
There are few places in the world that bring together scenic beauty, history, and great flavors the way the country of Mexico does, and of all its holiday regions, the Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula is certainly in the running to be crowned the nation’s best.
Whether you’re the type of person who enjoys the best of luxury holidays, or are looking to get off the resort and explore some of the world’s most unique and stunning historical sites, a trip to this region will provide all with plenty of great things to see and do.
If you’re thinking of escaping the cold winter months and making your way to the Riviera Maya, here are a few things you’ll not want to miss-out on.
The Best Beaches
Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Maroma Beach lies ten minutes to the north of Playa del Carmen, and is the perfect place for anyone looking to get away and relax on white sand to the sound of gently crashing waves.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Tulum Mayan ruins, Paraiso Beach is one of the region’s favorites and comes highly recommended by both locals and tour guides, making it the perfect if you want to mix a morning of touring the historical sites with an afternoon of beach bumming. I spent some time on the Paraiso Beach when I stayed at the Azulik hotel not far away.
Akumal Beach is known as “the land of the turtles”, as today it remains one of the most popular places for sea turtles to come ashore to lay their eggs. There is also a stunning reef in these crystal clear waters, ideal if you fancy a snorkel, or some time diving below the waters.
Mayan Ruins of Tulum
If you’re traveling to the Riviera Maya then a visit to one of the region’s Mayan ruins is an absolute must, and there are none better than those of Tulum. The Mayan city of Tulum was a built in the late 13th century, and boasts some of the best examples of the civilization’s post classic period. The city was built specifically to act as a seaport, so the views are fantastic, and of course, there’s the aforementioned Paraiso beach to explore after your tour.
Enjoy Delicious Mexican Food
There are few cuisines that are more widely loved than Mexican, and while you might think you know the taste of some of the classics like mole and tacos, the traditional flavors and techniques used in Mexico will push your taste buds to a whole new level. If you thought you loved Mexican food before, once you try it in its birthplace you’ll feel the need for a return visit simply to get another taste.
There are plenty of amazing things to see and do along the Riviera Maya, so start planning your escape to Mexican coastline today.
Tip: First learn basic Mexican Spanish words to get along easier.