|THE RIVIERA MAYA
The Riviera Maya, a natural paradise that merges with the waters
of the Caribbean Sea, is a coastal strip that stretches more
than 120 km (75 mi) from Puerto Morelos to Punta Allen, in the
state of Quintana Roo. The climate in this Yucatan Peninsula
region is subtropical with an average temperature of 25°C
Considered one of the fastest growing tourist destinations over
the last decade, here you can relax or enjoy recreational
activities at luxurious resorts nestled in the jungle. The posh
hotels offer exclusive golf courses, spas and white-sand beaches,
such as El Secreto and El Paraiso, where you can bask in the sun
and indulge in all kinds of water sports. For example, you can
scuba dive off the coast at a depth of more than 10 meters (33
feet) as you take in the spectacular sights of the Great Meso-American
You can also discover ancient Mayan cities such as Coba and Tulum; the latter is located right on the beach. What's
more, you can visit incredible ecological reserves such as Sian
Ka'an, which was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
Here you can take part in eco-tourism outings, sailfish and
marlin fishing, and other outdoor activities such as: long walks
or horseback riding, while enjoying the beautiful backdrop of
the Caribbean Sea. During your visit to the Riviera Maya, do not
miss out on Xcaret and Xel-Há, two of Mexico's most important
theme parks, where you can see fascinating indigenous wildlife
and live the unforgettable experience of snorkeling in
underground rivers. At dusk, don't forget to visit the
spectacular nightclubs, where you can chat with friends over
drinks, or you can visit a restaurant and treat yourself to a
delicious lobster dinner. These are just some of things you can
do in the Riviera Maya, which is why it has earned a reputation
as the ideal destination to enjoy life.
Cancun international Airport; code CUN; located 52 km north of
Playa del Carmen. The Cozumel Airport may also be considered for
international access to this region (code CZM).
From the Cancun Airport one option is to rent a car or jeep to
get from spot to spot. There is also private cab service to the
region, and some properties may transfers as part of their
packages. The bus to Playa del Carmen departs every hour from
10:30 am to 9:30 pm.
A company called ADO provides bus service from the airport to
Playa del Carmen. Their terminal is located at the southeast
corner of the Main Terminal. If you arrive at the Charter
Terminal, you'll need to take the free airport shuttle service
(van whit "ASUR" on the side) over to the main terminal.
Around the area, Cabs are available although expensive. There is
also frequent bus service along Mexico 307. Several companies
operate shuttle-type service between Cancun and Tulum with stops
at several spots along the way. Rates are affordable, though
service is somewhat irregular.
The highway connecting Cancun to the Riviera Maya region is a
modern, four-lane divided highway that now stretches all the way
to Calica (10 km south of Playa del Carmen). Two lanes continue
from there to Tulum. From Tulum the road is being widened from
its narrow two lanes.
Playa del Carmen is
one of the most attractive destinations in the Mexican Caribbean.
Located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, 68 km (42 mi) south of
Cancun, it has an ideal subtropical climate with an average
temperature of 25º C (77º F) and sunny days throughout most of the
year. During the summer, the maximum temperature can reach 35º C
At Playa del Carmen you will find beautiful beaches looking out onto
the Caribbean Sea, which are ideal places to relax or do all kinds
of water sports: snorkeling, windsurfing and even kitesurfing, a new and exhilarating extreme sport that combines surfing and
parasailing. For those who like scuba diving, there are boats
departing from the docks which offer exciting outings to the Great
Mayan Reef, the second largest coral reef (system) in the world.
There you can dive at depths of more than 10 meters (33 feet)
among multicolored fish and coral that has existed for more than
500 years. Near Playa del Carmen you can discover Playa Paamul and
Playa Paraiso, two beautiful beaches with calm waters and gorgeous
ecological parks: Xcaret and Xel-Ha. Also nearby are numerous
sinkholes where you can do rappelling and cave diving while
exploring the amazing depths of underground river systems.
Come nightfall, we recommend that you take a stroll along Quinta
Avenida, one of Playa del Carmen´s most happening areas. The
avenue is lined with restaurants, bars, cosmopolitan nightclubs
and a shopping mall with exclusive boutiques, clothing stores and