Riviera Maya stretches along the Caribbean coast from Cancun south to Tulum. Some points of interest along the coast include:
- Playa del Carmen: Lots of shops, restaurants and bars. This town has a European flavor and travelers from throughout the world. Topless sunbathers on the beach are common . . . therefore you also have have guys with their eyes popping (if you're going to ogle, try to be discreet). It's really not that big of a deal.
- Xcaret: A popular ecological park with natural underground rivers, botanical gardens, swimming with dolphins, aquarium, entertainment, restaurants, snorkeling, etc. Easy 5-10 minute taxi ride from Playa.Phone 01-98-73-2643
- Puerto Aventuras: A planned development with marina, condos, golf course.
- Akumal: A quiet, laid back community of private villas and condos. There are a series of bays with fine snorkeling. Akumal extends from Half Moon Bay on the north, south to Akumal Bay, Jade Bay and Akumal Sur. The "town" of Akumal is on Akumal Bay. There are two small grocery stores and about 7 restaurants scattered throughout the area. Yal Ku Lagoon, near Half Moon Bay, is well known for it's excellent snorkeling.
- Xel-Ha: A natural playground of crystal clear water for snorkeling, rivers and lagoons, caves and jungle paths. spend a day exploring this park setting along the ocean. Admission includes access to al areas of the park, train to the river, float tubes, life vests and parking. Swimming with the dolphins is extra. Snorkel equipment available for rent. Open 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. Phone 01-98-84-9422 or 01-98-75-4070.
- Tankah, Soliman Bay: South of Akumal, these areas are more remote. The area consists of private villas along the beach. There is one restaurant in the Soliman Bay area called Oscar Y Lalo's. And in Tankah, there is Casa Cenote Restaurant which we highly recommend.
- Tulum is one of the most famous Mayan archeological sites. This walled city is perched on a towering cliff overlooking the magnificent Caribbean Sea. Centuries ago, this location provided access to fishing boats for the Mayan culture. Trade was an essential living for the Mayans and this was a primary route. Today, you can view the ruins of this ancient civilization and enjoy unforgettable views of hte Caribbean from the lofty seaside cliffs.
- Coba is the location of another major Mayan archeological site. This site has not been fully excavated and lies deeper in the jungles.
- Chichen Itza: another Mayan site, probably one of the most well known and largest.
- Cozumel: Mexico's largest island, it is located about 12 miles off the coast. You can travel from Cozumel to the mainland easily by ferry. Ferry costs approximately $14 roundtrip and takes about 35 minutes to cross. Ferries start running early in the morning and continue throughout the day until late evening. Cozumel offers world class scuba diving, extraordinary snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, horseback riding and unlimited shopping and dining opportunities. Travelers like to explore the undeveloped beach areas along the east coast.