Mexico’s Costa Maya is one of the most colorful and diverse regions to be found anywhere in the world. Its natural beauty,stunning ancient archaeological sites and exceptional cuisine make Costa Maya real estate one of the top destinations for international travelers year after year.
The Maya culture boasts a long and storied past,as evidenced by the many archaeological sites that can be found throughout Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula,especially in the state of Quintana Roo and southward,where the Costa Maya is located. Here,sites such as Chacchoben,Dzibanche,Kinichna and Kohunlich offer visitors a glimpse into the life and traditions of this ancient people,who played such an integral role in the history of this continent.
In addition to some of the world’s best beaches,the Costa Maya also offers a wide variety of other activities,such as scuba diving and snorkeling at the magnificent Mesoamerican Barrier Reef,which is the second largest in the world. It is one of the most biodiverse areas on earth and is home to more than 70 different species of coral. A visit to Xcalak,which lies along the Costa Maya’s tranquil coast,offers excellent fishing,with abundant numbers of barracuda,grouper,sawfish,snapper,tarpon and tuna. In addition,the Lagoon of Seven Colors is a must-see destination that is located in Quintana Roo and is famous for its water,which is colored with many different shades of blue.
Finally,visitors are sure to enjoy the cuisine of the Costa Maya,which reflects the region’s traditional Maya heritage and is characterized by fruits such as cantaloupe,coconut,mamey,pitahaya and watermelon,as well as meats such as agouti paca pheasant,pork,chicken,rabbit and armadillo,to name only a few. Its close proximity to the Caribbean Sea means that fish and seafood are also quite popular here; with fish tikinxic – a Maya barbecue-style dish – as one of many must-try options.
Other not to miss dishes include stuffed cheese served with a fried green tomato sauce or rice and beans served with coconut milk and fried plantains. Of course,plenty of other culinary options are available here as well,including everything from Italian,to American,to Mexican,to various types of fusion between the Maya style and more contemporary fare.