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Riviera Maya: Ideal Place for Second Homes Says USA Today

13 September, 2012

This month,Cancun and the surrounding Riviera Maya were part of USA. Today’s series on second-home destinations. The Riviera Maya was cited as being one of the most quickly developing areas in the world. 

The Riviera Maya is an 80 mile stretch of the coastline on the Yucatan Peninsula stretching from below Cancun to Tulum. It’s become a popular location for second homes for the easy flight connections between the area and the U.S. and the amazing amenities. USA Today cited its beaches, barrier reef, expert designed golf courses, world class diving, adventure tours, theme parks and ancient Mayan ruins as part of the appeal of the area.

The Riviera Maya is best for beach and scuba enthusiasts and those who are fans of Mexican cuisine and culture. It’s home to the world’s second longest barrier reef and, not surprisingly, water sports are a big hit with the locals and visitors alike.

Second home shoppers have many communities to choose from, and USA Today focused on the popular Playa del Carmen and Cozumel real estate area. They pointed out that buyers appreciate the local flair and community feeling that comes from it being an organic town, rather than a gated community. Playa del Carmen has a vibrant nightlife, plenty of shops, diverse restaurants and isn’t far from the beach.

Cozumel has an appeal all its own as an island famed for the best drift diving on Earth. It’s just a 35 minute ferry ride away from Playa del Carmen.

"We've always been a second-home destination, especially for Americans and Canadians," says Rita Sheese of Cozumel Capital and president of the island's Realtors' association.

Beachfront Playa del Carmen, Downtown Playa del Carmen and Cozumel are three neighborhoods to explore in the area, each with its own types of popular housing.

For more detailed information on possible second homes, visit our Playa del Carmen real estate listings.   

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