Located in the state of Quintana Roo along the Caribbean Coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula,the Riviera Maya is close to the U.S.,equipped with the very best modern infrastructure and offers more than just a touch of the exotic. In addition,the number of flights heading into the Cancun International Airport each day has reached an all-time high in 2013,with both U.S. Airways and United offering a wide variety of flight options from cities throughout the U.S.
When deciding where to stay,the Huffington Post suggests the Grand Velas Riviera Maya,which is a luxurious all-inclusive option that has been rated one of the best resorts in Mexico by Conde Nast Traveler and has also received the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award. But regardless of where you wind up,the beach is guaranteed to be fabulous,with soft white powdery sand,crystal clear turquoise water and some of the best diving and snorkeling on earth.
There are so many different activities in the Riviera Maya that most visitors come back for more and many even decide to become ex-pats and live here either full time or for part of every year. Here are two the Huffington Post urges any visitor not to miss:
Kantun-Chi Eco Park
Situated along the main highway that connects the city of Cancun with the smaller yet luxurious community of Tulum 130 kilometers to the south,the Kantun-Chi Eco Park is home to some of the area’s most beautiful cenotes (pronounced seh-no-tess). These limestone pools have eroded over time to create a seemingly endless network of natural caves. As a result,some of the pools are found above ground,while others are only accessible by diving. The cenotes are quite beautiful and provide an excellent place for afternoon exploration. The guides at Kantun-Chi are experienced and will share interesting facts about the area on tours that are safe for the general public.
“There is a rich history within these waters,” writes the Huffington Post. “The Mayans once believed that they were a gateway into the afterlife.”
Mayan Ruins of Tulum
At more than 700 years old,the ancient Mayan ruins at the up-and-coming town of Tulum are well worth the easy hour and a half trip south along a modern highway from the Cancun International Airport. In addition,a new international airport is being planned for Tulum,which will make this area even more accessible in the near future.
“Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Mayan civilization,” writes the Huffington Post. “It’s the only Mayan city to have been built on the coast. With the Caribbean Sea on one side and a 784 meter wall stretching across the other,the ancient city within sparks the imagination.”
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