On the eastern side of the Yucatán Peninsula is Riviera Maya, a 25-mile corridor that straddles the Caribbean coast. While just south of the extremely popular destination of Cancun, the small towns that form Riviera Maya enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere, and are home to some of Mexico’s most fascinating features. Here, centuries-old archeological sites, pristine white-sand beaches, and exquisite wildlife come together, creating a destination that is truly unlike any other.
Beneath the coast’s post-card perfect turquoise waters lies the world’s second largest coral reef, a haven for divers and snorkelers. Vibrant corals, exotic fish, and even marine turtles provide exquisite discoveries in every direction. But the fresh water here is just as magnificent. Riviera Maya is dotted with cenotes, natural pools created by the collapse of limestone, exposing underground rivers. With incredibly clear waters and other-worldly beauty, they lure all types of visitors, from swimmers to cavern divers.
Out of the water, the verdant landscape is equally compelling. From the spectacular ancient city of Tulum, the only Maya city built on the shore, to beautiful ecological parks like Xcaret, just south of Playa del Carmen, the adventures of Riviera Maya are endless.
Set amid lush foliage, clear Caribbean waters, and stretches of incredible beach, our Villas of Riviera Maya are the perfect way to enjoy everything this tropical paradise has to offer.
“You cannot miss one of the largest biospheres in Mexico: Sian-Ka’an. It means in Maya “where the sky is born.” And it is like that. Sometimes in photographs, you cannot see where the sky ends and where the water begins. It’s a wonderful site where people can go to get really close to nature. You can float all over the channels and get to see the flora and fauna that inhabit the place.
Try the local food. It is very good and goes back to the tradition of the Maya. And it’s some of the richest in Mexico in terms of variety and ingredients. Everything is fresh and local. There is a lot of seafood because it is on the coast, so you can try amazing ceviche, but also other dishes, like poc chuc, a traditional Yucatan food dish.” ―Karen, Riviera Maya & Los Cabos Villa Rental Specialist