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The Riviera Maya straddles Hwy. 307 along the eastern coastline of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula from Puerto Morelos to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. Originally called the “Cancun-Tulum corridor”, it was renamed in 1999 as the Riviera Maya. This beautiful area, known internationally as a tourism and resort destination, attracts thousands of tourists as well as people from around the world looking to permanently relocate here. In fact, this spectacular stretch of bleached-white coastline has become the Caribbean’s most popular vacation destination. With year-round daytime temperatures typically around 27-32 °C (81-90 °F), plenty of sunshine, modern infrastructure, and first-class healthcare, the Riviera Maya has also become home to many ex-pats who consider the Riviera Maya to be their retirement paradise.
Famous for its large resorts, fine white sand beaches with turquoise waters, and historical and eco-tourism, the Riviera Maya is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Some of the major allures in the area are coastal and reef water activities that depend on the enticing coastal water and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, also known as the Belize Barrier Reef. This reef system is the second longest in the world and attracts international tourists that enjoy jet-skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming with dolphins and sea turtles, and sailing. Other favored activities in the Riviera Maya include swimming in cenotes, zip-lining, horseback riding, and guided jungle tours. In addition, the archaeology in the area entices throngs of tourists. Popular archaeological sites include Tulum, Chichen Itza, and Coba. Natural water parks such as Xcaret and Xel-Ha also include smaller archaeological ruins, however, most of the allure of these privately owned parks are due to the range of activities provided, such as swimming with captive dolphins and swimming in the natural cenotes.
A gastronomical adventure tantalizes the foodie in you in the Riviera Maya with a dizzying array of international cuisines as well national and local staples and favorites. Local ingredients like maize, chilies, tomatoes, herbs like achiote and chaya, and local fish and shellfish have helped shape a local culinary style that’s as distinctive as it is delicious. Many cultures, including Mayan, Mexican, Spanish, Caribbean, Cuban, Swiss, German, and Italian have contributed to the culinary scene. Immigrants often opened up small restaurants that brought the flavors and recipes of their homeland. From street foods to beach-side establishments to Michelin-starred restaurants, there are near-infinite options to satisfy your taste-buds.
When the sun goes down, restaurants, beach bars, and nightclubs come alive with fabulous music, dancing, and entertainment. From local bands, DJs, and entertainers to internationally renowned acts, there is always something for everyone.