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Cancun Mexico, MexicoCancun Mexico, also known as the Mayan Riviera, is a tourism district following the coastal Highway 307 which parallels the Caribbean coastline of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, located on the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. This district historically started at the city of Playa del Carmen and ended at the village of Tulum, although the towns of Puerto Morelos situated to the north and between Playa del Carmen and Cancun as well as the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto situated 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the south of Tulum are both currently being promoted as part of the Cancun Mexico tourist corridor.

The Cancun Mexico was originally called the Cancun - Tulum corridor, but in 1999 it was renamed as the Cancun Mexico with the aid of Lic. Miguel Ramón Martín Azueta who at the time was the mayor of the municipality of Solidaridad. The municipality of Solidaridad includes the whole of the official Cancun Mexico from Playa del Carmen in the north and south to Tulum and extending to some 40 km inland with the border with the state of Yucatan.

The Cancun Mexico is famous for its large scale all-inclusive resorts and a historical tourism base of smaller boutique hotels as well as the many fine-dining restaurants available along the highway 307 and on or near the beaches. Luxury travel entities have been instrumental in increasing luxury villa rentals and yacht charters in the area however these only represent a small fraction of the total tourism accommodation available.

Government development plans include establishing a number of medium sized cities of ~200 000 inhabitants within the Cancun Mexico with initial planning spanning 20 years. Target areas for urbanization include the towns and villages of: Puerto Morelos (technically outside the Cancun Mexico), Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, Chemuyil, and Tulum.

A major attraction throughout the Cancun Mexico are coastal and reef aquatic activities dependent on the coastal water and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Belize Barrier Reef) which begins near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Cancun Mexico continuing southward to Guatemala. This barrier reef system is the second longest in the world.

Activities at the most visited locations include Jet Skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming in cenotes, swimming with dolphins, zip-lining, horse riding, nude sailing, and guided jungle tours. Archeology is also a big tourist draw in the area, including the popular archeological sites operated by the Instituto Nacional de Archeological such as Tulum on the coast, and Chichen Itza and Coba located some distance inland. The self-named ecoparks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha also include some smaller archeological ruins as part of their attractions, but these natural water theme parks operated by private business consortia attract much larger crowds due to the diversity and range of activities provided, such as swimming with captive dolphins.

Contents
1 Climate
2 Geography
3 Transportation
4 References
5 External links


Climate
The mean annual temperature is 24–25 °C (75–77 °F). The climate is dominated by a rainy season from May through November, and within the dry season there is a period dominated by northerly winds, called El Norte, which usually occurs in the months of January and February. The maximum mean annual precipitation throughout the Yucatan Peninsula occurs along the coast of the Cancun Mexico with 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) of rainfall with a general decline to the NW with only 400 millimetres (1.3 ft) per year or less on the opposite side of the Peninsula. While the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan experiences a large number of tropical storms and hurricanes, the storm tracks and therefore landfalls of these are divergent to both the north (Cancun) and the south (south of Tulum and down to Belize) striking generally outside the Cancun Mexico. Groundwater and therefore cenote water temperatures are 25 °C (77 °F) year round. Coastal waters range from 26 °C (79 °F) in January to 29 °C (84 °F) in August.

Geography
The Cancun Mexico is completely within the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The terrain is flat and covered by low tropical jungle. The geology is high purity carbonates down to a depth of 0.5 - 1.5 km below the surface. Mean annual rainfall is 1.5 m per year and the efficient infiltration results in the complete absence of any surface rivers. As is common in karst, underground river network have formed by dissolution, and these have been explored and mapped by cave diving through sinkhole collapses locally called cenotes. The whole of the Yucatan Peninsula is underlain by a density stratified coastal aquifer system with a lens shaped fresh water body floating on top of intruding saline water. The formation of caves (speleogenesis) within this coastal carbonate aquifer is principally associated with carbonate dissolution at the fresh-saline water contact within the aquifer. By 2008, the Quintana Roo Speleological Society (QRSS) reported more than 700 kilometres (430 mi) of flooded cave passages within the limits of the Cancun Mexico including the two longest underwater cave systems in the world of Sac Actun and Ox Bel Ha. These groundwater resources, accessed via the thousands of cenotes throughout the landscape, once supported the Maya civilizations and today remain the only natural sources of potable water in the area.

The Caribbean coastline is a series of crescent shaped white sand beaches interrupted every 1 – 10 km by rocky headlands and inlets, called caletas, through which groundwater discharges into the coastal water. Large sections of the extensive mangrove swamps that lie behind the beaches and headlands are included in the areas scheduled for tourism development.

Transportation
Most tourists to the Cancun Mexico arrive through Cancún International Airport, approximately 50 km (31 mi) north of Playa del Carmen.

A new international airport is to be built in the near future directly serving the Cancun Mexico region. There is debate as to which airport group should be the owner of this tourist destination hot spot, as it is very close to Cancun and some feel that Aeropuertos del Sureste ASUR (the current operators of the Cancun airport) should not be granted the concession of this airport as it would not be good for competition.[1] The Secretary for Communications and Transport (SCT) said that on November 9, 2009 the plans would be announced.

References
^ Interjet Against Concession Of Airport To ASUR in Spanish
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Vacation & Travel Guide to Playa del Carmen,
Tulum and the Cancun Mexico, Mexico.

This website can act as your travel agent and tour guide. We can help you plan a wonderful vacation to the Caribbean coast, The Cancun Mexico, Mexico.

We live, work and play in beautiful Playa del Carmen, Mexico (The heart of the Mayan Riviera) and can share with you our first hand knowledge and opinions of some of its hidden treasures.

You can make hotel reservations and book tours directly on the site. We have carefully selected accommodations: hotels, condos, cabanas, as well as, highly recommended scuba diving centers, eco tours, fishing and other activities, restaurants, transportation and some general tips and advice.

The areas we cover are throughout the Cancun Mexico Corridor which includes the coastline starting south of Cancun and ending in Tulum (Tulum is famous for their Mayan ruins and their romantic secluded beachfront cabanas).
In between this approximately 90 minute drive stretch of crystal blue water coast, you will find Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen (where we live and love it!), Puerto Aventuras and Akumal.
As we find special places and things during our own adventures, we add our favorites to the site. We are happy to give you all the information we can along with our personal opinions about anything we have experienced here.
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Golf Clubs in Cancun Mexico : all the best golf clubs in Cancun Mexico. The Camaleon Mayakoba, Golf club Hilton Cancun, Moon Palace, Iberostar Playa Paraiso, and more.

Eco Tours: We have found the best eco tours guides in the area. They offer unique and exclusive adventures. Explore the natural paradise of the Yucatan Peninsula with safety in mind and loads of fun. People have raved about these! Really different and educational. One of the tours, Mayan Encounter has won awards.

Eco Parks: Xel Ha and Xcaret

Fishing Trips: Playa Del Carmen was once a sleepy fisherman's village, the sleepy part is gone but the fishing is still here! We have found a local fisherman who enjoys taking anyone out for serious fishing. Book your trip you wont regret it!

Catamaran Tours: A beautiful 41 ft. custom built catamaran with friendly and professional crew (owner operated so their is personal touch) will take you on a beautiful trip making a stop in a secluded snorkel cove overlooked by small Mayan temple. A really relaxing day trip.

ATV Jungle Tours: Take a trip through the wild Mayan jungle. Swim and snorkel in a clear freshwater cenote pool. Ride well maintained automatic ATVs through tropical jungle.

Scuba Diving: Recreational Diving, Technical Diving and Certification courses
Weather you are an experienced diver or someone who wants to learn, we have a dive center that can cater to your specific needs. The Dive Shop is a PADI Dive center, SSI diving center and a DAN Business member with a professional staff and fun atmosphere. They also have snorkeling tours available in the ocean and cenotes. You will not be disappointed! If you are a diver or you want to go snorkel you must see the cenotes / caverns unique to this region - spectacular !
For the most comprehensive diving web site in the Cancun Mexico go to Diving Playa Del Carmen www.divingplayadelcarmen.com

Scuba Diving, Cenote / Cavern / Cave Diving, Cozumel Diving,
Snorkeling, PADI Courses

Learn Spanish in Paradise: Solexico Language and Cultural Centers provide students with the best opportunity to learn Spanish in a short period of time while being immersed in the Mexican culture. They also have some great Spanish lessons and scuba diving packages for students.

Skydiving in Playa Del Carmen: Has been enjoying human flight for more than 20 years. During that time, advances in equipment and training have made it safer and easier for more people to enjoy the world's most exciting sport.

Transportation to and from Cancun Airport, Rental Car Information, General transportation information. We have the best Private Van Prices. (as of Dec 1, 2004)

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MAYAN RIVIERA - Cancun Mexico TRAVEL INFO
Mayan Riviera - Stretching from Punta Brava just south of Cancun International Airport to Punta Allen just south of Tulum, exists one of the most fascinating destination spots in the world. Tropical beaches, ancient ruins, abundant marine and wildlife abound. The Great Mayan Reef is the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere.

Mexicans refer to the Riviera as "Cancun Mexico" while foreigners call it the "Mayan Riviera" or "Maya Riviera". It is used all three ways in this web site.

We do not know if there exists an exact spot where the Mayan Riviera - Cancun Mexico starts but the general concensus is that once you get onto highway 307 along the coast in Quintana Roo you are pretty well in the Mayan Riviera. This highway runs from Cancun all the way down to Belize. The Mayan Riviera ends after Tulum, where the Costa Maya begins.

As you drive along highway 307 you are usually around a kilometer away from the beach. The land is flat and the scenery will appear similar to that of any flat-forested region of Canada or Europe. The highway itself is brand-new having just been widened in recent years and is in impeccable shape.

Along the Mayan Riviera, on the highway there is the occasional Mexican craft market, small industrial center, and lots of resort entrances. On the shoreline there are numerous privately owned rental cabanas, fishing and diving operations and beaches.

The most popular travel destination in the Mayan Riviera is Playa del Carmen which is where you get the ferry to go to Cozumel. After Playa del Carmen the next town of any great size is Tulum.





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DESTINATIONS IN THE MAYAN RIVIERA

The Cancun Mexico - Mayan Riviera
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PUERTO MORELOS
Puerto Morelos was a small fishing village that has grown to become a quaint tourist destination, close to Cancun. There are nice beaches here, Internet, restaurants and all the amenities you would expect.

For more info see: Puerto Morelos Travel Info

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Depending on how fast you drive, "Playa" as the locals call it is about an hour's drive from the airport. The highway is brand new and road conditions are excellent. If you have rented a car there are overhead traffic signs in Spanish and English to guide you.

Playa is the regional capital. It is a bustling beach town filled with excitement and unique experiences. A walk down 5th Avenue, the local strip, and you can pet wild lions, play with a boa constrictor, sit on a curb and watch a Maruichi band perform for one of the local restaurant cafes. You can enter one of the many beautiful restaurants for a healthy delicious sampling of Mexican or international cuisine.

There are numerous jewelry stores and arts and crafts stores where many great deals can be had if you know how to bargain. The cruise ships dock here on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the town fills up with new faces for a day.

The beaches at Playa are excellent and perfect for children. There is not that much coral so the snorkeling is not good here. However you can catch the ferry to Cozumel where the snorkeling and diving is world famous. Lifeguards are on duty on the main Playa beach. If you wish to snorkel there are some coral reefs just north of Ave. Contituyentes.

TIP!: If you really need to visit more shops a trip to Cozumel is recommended. However you may find prices slightly higher on the island. People on cruise ships may purchase items duty free and avoid paying taxes on items such as silver.

For more info see: Playa del Carmen Travel Info

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PLAYACAR
South of Playa del Carmen just a short walk is Playacar, an upscale development garnishing many five star all-inclusive resorts, a world class golf course, shopping mall and International restaurants. The beaches are beautiful and totally suited for children. There is also an extensive variety of condominiums and villas to rent.

The Playacar golf course was carved out of the jungle and is a treat to simply walk around let alone play. It is a commanding course that will challenge even the most aggressive player. Green fees range from $65 to $110 and golf carts are available.

Something not to be missed is the Xaman-Ha aviary. A colorful array of tropical birds including macaws, toucans, flamingos and parrots can be found here in their natural habitat. The botanical garden covers almost 4 acres and also contains cenotes. Cavernas Sache, a beautiful cavern filled with stalagmites and stalactites is also located in Xaman-Ha.

For more info see: Playacar Travel Info


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PAAMUL
Paamul has a deep bay that rests on the shoreline making it quite a choice spot. The reef is right out front and excellent for snorkeling. There are dive and fishing boats here as well. Backpackers, Mexicans and general bohemians use this destination and many clean affordable cabanas and private homes can be found here. There are also restaurants and of course amazing beaches. This is a great place to meet people!

For more info see: Paamul Travel Info

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PUERTO AVENTURAS
Puerto Adventuras is an exclusive resort community boasting the only full-service marina between Cancun and Belize. It is a gated community, access off of highway 307. Fully modern luxury facilities abound here as well as quaint bed and breakfasts. You also find private homes, villas, condos and apartments for rent or sale.

Cozy restaurants and interesting shops line the marina's edge. Sailboats, fishing charters and yachts anchor in its deep blue water. Cigar stores offering Cuban brands and experienced personnel to assist you sit amongst the many unique shops. There are also many beautiful restaurants for a delicious samplings of Mexican or international cuisine.

There are all the beach activities one would expect like windsurfing, snorkeling and ski-jets. You can also visit the Cedam Museum, which houses various artifacts from sunken ships along the reefs. There is also tennis and a 9-hole golf course with no reservations needed. Green fees start at $44 and special memberships are available.

For more info see: Puerto Adventuras Travel Info


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XPU-HA
Enter off highway 307 onto a dirt road. There is a sign that says Xpu-Ha. This is a rustic beach community for adventurous travelers. The beach is excellent; there is a cenote on the north side and restaurants on the main beach. Cabanas are available for $10-$25 per night. This is a great place for backpackers.

For more info see: Xpu-Ha Travel Info

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KANTENAH

Playa Kantenal [Kantenah] is next to the El Dorodo Resort, which has an excellent natural beach for snorkeling. You may be hardpressed to find a nice sandy beach to swim into however the snorkeling is fantastic along here. There are Cabanas for rent by the night and a restaurant. The Palladium is located along Kantenah and has nice beaches.

For more info see: Kantenah Travel Info


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AKUMAL

Akumal is in the heart of the Cancun Mexico. Because of its location and beautiful beaches it is a perfect place to either stay local or use to launch numerous adventures. You are close to many things. There are a number of large resorts and lots of rentals, condos, villas and apartments. There are many small convenience stores and many local shops and restaurants. Many of the beaches are natural beaches however many have white sand areas for children and swimmers.

This is a great place for snorkelers especially if you want to see sea turtles.

Activities in the area include diving, snorkeling, game fishing and the Akumal Ecological Center.

For more info see: Akumal Travel Info

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CHEMUYIL
Chemuyil is a small Maya village off the beaten path. The beach and the bay are private property and closed to the public. You can however travel down a windy road to Xunaan-Ha where a sacred cenote may be found. You will want to swim in it, as it is breathtakingly beautiful. It costs $3 for adults and $1.50 for kids.

After your swim you can wander around town. The Maya are friendly people but keep in mind that many old Maya may show indifference towards you. It is not advisable to take photographs here.

For more info see: Chemuyil Travel Info

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XCACEL
Xcacel has one of the nicest beaches on the Riviera. It is also the place many sea turtles lay their eggs. It is not recommended to go there.

For more info see: Xcacel Travel Info


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TULUM

There is Tulum Ruins and there is the town Tulum. The town Tulum is around 5 kilometers south of the Tulum Ruins.

The town is small but has many restaurants, bars and hotels. There are some nice hotels in the area and many miles of white sandy beaches.

There are of course villas, cabana, apartments and houses to rent by the day or week. Much of the stuff you will find in the shops in Playa can be found here but not in quite as abundance. Also the beach resorts are secluded and not as busy as Playa del Carmen.

There is a gas station here and numerous dive shops and fishing charters. Tulum town is also close to the ruin sites of Coba, Muyil and Tulum.

For more info see: Tulum Travel Info

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Cancun Mexico HIGHLIGHTS

Beautiful lagoons and bays full of colorful fish & sea turtles

Fascinating Mayan ruins at Tulum, Coba and Xel-Ha

Second-largest barrier coral reef in the world

Miles of white sand beaches

Unique "eco-archeological" theme parks, Xcaret & Xel-Ha

Lots of Cenotes [natural pools of clear water- amazing to swim in]

Aktun Ha [giant caves on road to Coba]

Playa del Carmen [the fastest growing city in Latin America]

Cozumel Island [diving and snorkeling]

Magnificent resorts and hotels

Unbelieveable shopping

Fabulous food



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General Information of Cancun Mexico and FAQ's (Frequent Asked Questions)

 

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The Cancun Mexico is the moniker given to the beautiful coastline stretching south of Cancun toward Belize. Tropical conditions coupled with the Rivera Maya's geography yield some of the most abundant ecosystems on the planet.
The region features the tranquility of uncrowded beaches, a network of underground rivers, over 100 cenotes, eco-adventure sports including kayaking, mountain biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, bird watching and deep sea fishing, proximity to Mexico's Mayan archeological sites, the varied activities of the eco-archeological parks, plus golf, shopping, gourmet dining and a range of accommodations to suit every lifestyle and budget.

 

Playa del Carmen
The small town of Playa del Carmen is the center of the Mayan Riviera... once a small sleepy fishing village, it has developed into a lively and charming town offering much to do for its guests. Come and explore!
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Cozumel
Another gem of the Caribbean, Cozumel, known for amazing scuba diving & snorkeling. Home to many lovely resorts and a charming small town. Only 45 minutes across from Playa del Carmen by Ferry.
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Tulum
If you are looking for a truly secluded getaway, head to Tulum. Stay at a beach cabana or a quaint small hotel... just minutes from the historic archeological sites. In Tulum you will find secluded beaches...
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Xcalak
Ready for an adventure? For those travelers contemplating a visit to the remote fishing village of Xcalak, we have several options. Located 4 hours south of Cancun...
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Akumal, Mexico
Akumal is for people who want to get away from the busy tourist resorts of Cancun and Cozumel and for those who want to see more of the real Mexican lifestyle of the Mayan Riviera.
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Swim With Dolphins
Our Swim with Dolphins program offers you the opportunity to swim and play with a beautiful Bottlenose Dolphin. During the Dolphin Swim, you will be able to experience the magic of swimming with dolphins...
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We are a complete source of travel information and a great option to make reservations when you are planning your next vacation in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Cancun Mexico in Mexico: Hotel reservations, hotel reviews, tickets for parks and attractions such as Xcaret or Xel-Ha, book your tours to Chichen Itza, Swim with dolphins among many other tours and activities. Rent a car or book your transportation to your hotel from Cancun Mexico Airport.

Cancun Mexico History

Would you ever forget a stunning shoreline where the untamed jungle meets the crystal-blue Caribbean Sea? Well that's exactly what happened to Cancun Mexico during colonial times.
 

Originally the Cancun Mexico region was an important trade and religious hub for the ancient Mayas between 1000-1550 AD. You can still see the remnants of this prosperous era at the ruins of Tulum and the towns of Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, and Xel-Ha.
 

This prosperity waned after many wars and invasions before the Spaniards' arrival. After their arrival, the colonial government didn't see any economic need to develop the area. Lucky for us, the inadequate roads discouraged development of the area.
 

Cancun Mexico slowly developed into a vacation destination with the popularity of Cozumel. Initially, people only came here to catch the ferry to the beautiful island, but they were quick to discover the natural beauty of the gateway to Cozumel.
 

Today, this splendid coastline of the far eastern Yucatan peninsula is a living museum to Mexico's cultural and natural heritage. Hundreds of kilometers of sugary shoreline boarder the quaint villages and vibrant reefs that make the Cancun Mexico region a laid-back vacation destination. Divers are drawn to The Great Maya Reef which is the world's second largest reef system. Would-be spelunkers discover its underground river system complete with caves and cenotes. Nature lovers venture to the Biosphere Reserve. While the Indian Jones in us all explores the hundreds of magnificent archaeological sites of the Mayas.
 

Just venture 68 kilometers south of Cancun and explore the unique character and quiet beauty spanning from Punta Brava to Punta Allen

The Cancun Mexico is one of the most fascinating destination spots in the world. Tropical beaches, ancient ruins, abundant marine and wildlife abound. The Great Mayan Reef is the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere. The Cancun Mexico offers an unrivaled combination of high quality accommodations, relaxing beaches, and a wide diversity of shopping, dining, and nightlife. There are also a number of opportunities for travelers to learn about ancient cultures and visit timeless architectural ruins.



Playa Del Carmen, or "Playa" as the locals call it is about an hour's drive from the airport. Playa is the regional capital. It is a bustling beach town filled with excitement and unique experiences. You can enter one of the many beautiful restaurants for a healthy delicious sampling of Mexican or international cuisine. There are numerous jewelry stores and arts and crafts stores.



The beaches at Playa are excellent and perfect for children. You can catch the ferry to Cozumel where the snorkeling and diving is world famous. If you wish to snorkel there are some coral reefs just north of Contituyentes avenue.



Something not to be missed is the Xaman-Ha aviary. A colorful array of tropical birds including macaws, toucans, flamingos and parrots can be found here in their natural habitat. The botanical garden covers almost 4 acres and also contains cenotes. Cavernas Sache, a beautiful cavern filled with stalagmites and stalactites is also located in Xaman-Ha.



Puerto Adventuras is an exclusive resort community boasting the only full-service marina between Cancun and Belize. Cozy restaurants and interesting shops line the marina's edge. Sailboats, fishing charters and yachts anchor in its deep blue water. There are also many beautiful restaurants for a delicious Mexican or international cuisine. There are all the beach activities one would expect like windsurfing, snorkeling and ski-jets. You can also visit the Cedam Museum, which houses various artifacts from sunken ships along the reefs.



Akumal has beautiful beaches and is a perfect place to either stay local or use to launch numerous adventures. Many of the beaches are natural beaches however many have white sand areas for children and swimmers. This is a great place for snorkelers especially if you want to see sea turtles. Activities in the area include diving, snorkeling, game fishing and the Akumal Ecological Center.



There are two important places with the same name, the Mayan ruins and the town of Tulum. The town is small but has many restaurants, bars and hotels. There are some nice hotels in the area and many miles of white sandy beaches. Also the beach resorts are secluded and not as busy as Playa del Carmen. Tulum town is also close to the ruin sites of Coba and Muyil.



There is a small market and many little shops located downtown Playa del Carmen where you can purchase Mexican garments, authentic silver or any other crafts. There are also many shops and markets located downtown Cancun. Main malls and shopping centers are Plaza Caracol, Plaza Kukulkan, and Plaza Flamingo. The ride takes approximately 45 minutes



There are discos located at some of the hotels on the Mayan Coast and in Playa del Carmen. There are many restaurants and bars located downtown Cancun that can be reached by taxi or bus from the Mayan Sun Coast. Some famous places to visit downtown Cancun include: All Star Café, Coco Bongo, Christine, Dady'o, Hard Rock Café and Planet Hollywood.



A Cancun Mexico vacation would be your unique experience!

Cancun Mexico—where is it?
The Cancun Mexico, also known as the Mayan Riviera is a 130 kilometer long stretch of Caribbean coastline that runs between the resort city of Cancun to the north, down to the Mayan ruins of Tulum at its southern end. The Cancun Mexico is in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico's most eastern state on Mexico's most eastern body of land—the Yucatan Peninsula. The Cancun Mexico is part of the Mexican Caribbean which describes the entire Caribbean coast of Mexico from Cancun down to Quintana Roo's capital city of Chetumal, and the southern border with Belize, Central America. The island of Cozumel, Mexico's largest island, is also part of the Mayan Riviera.
Getting around
Carretera (highway) 307 traverses the length of the Cancun Mexico with roads shooting off at right angles to various beach side resorts, vacation communities, undeveloped beaches and lagoons. A few roads penetrate the jungle heading west to Mayan ruins, cenote freshwater pools and the state of Yucatan where Spanish Colonial towns wait to be discovered by the more adventurous traveler seeking the deeper culture of Mexico and the Maya. Yucatan state comprizes the western part of the Yucatan Peninsula and in many ways is a world apart from the Cancun Mexico. The Cancun Mexico~Mayan Riviera, together with the entire Yucatan Peninsula, are world class tropical destinations providing history, adventure and tropical luxury. And yet globaly, the Yucatan beyond Cancun, remains virtually unknown.


Cancun Mexico, Mexico Hotels
Dive into a dazzling array of Cancun hotel deals on everything from all-inclusive resorts to adults-only getaways. Those glistening white sands of the Yucatan are lined with cheap Cancun hotels with sensational swimming pools to tempt you into this tropical playground of south-of-the-border delights.



Mayan Riviera and Yucatan destinations/resort towns—Mexican Caribbean

Akumal: town center, Yal-ku lagoon, Half Moon Bay, Jade Bay, South Akumal and Aventuras Akumal: Akumal is known as The Place of Turtles, but could just as easily be called The Place of Magic because of its ability to make all your worries and stress disappear. "Las Bahías de Akumal" or "The Akumal Bays" are a series of six bays starting at Yal-Ku Lagoon to the north and ending at Aventuras Akumal to the south.
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Cozumel Island: SCUBA diving and snorkeling on world class coral reefs, deserted beaches, marine parks, nature reserves; plus, shopping, restaurants and night life, tropical Isla Cozumel has it all.
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Isla Holbox: Shake off society's restraints and set your sail for the Gulf of Mexico, if you dare. Travel light because Isla Holbox is a little tricky to get to. Isla Holbox harkens back to the old days of sandy streets, cool accommodations (a few with AC) and warm people. It's not for everybody and that's just fine. But for the adventurous, this could be paradise found. Don't miss the seasonal trips to see the whales sharks!
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Mahahual: No, Mahahual is not in the Cancun Mexico. It is the Costa Maya's newest tourist town on the Mexican Caribbean. Mahahual is at a fledgling stage of development but growing rapidly as more interest is focused on nearby natural assets. The center of town is actually quite small but beaches stretch north to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and south to the coastal town of Xcalak, last stop before Belize, C.A.
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Playa del Carmen & Playacar: Playa del Carmen is one of the fasrmaya1 growing, most fun towns in the Caribbean. An international mix of fun loving travelers come here to party, enjoy the beach and just generally immerse themselves in the tropical splendor. To the south of Playa and right next door is Playacar, with beach houses, all-inclusive resorts, golf, Xaman-Ha Aviary & Plaza Playacar.
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Cancun Mexico: Cancun Mexico is a gated luxury marina community offering condominiums, hotels and luxury Caribbean front villas to vacationers. It has a wonderful beach and a wide selection of restaurants, gift shops, several dive centers, fishing boats, a couple sailboat tours and day adventure land tour operators.
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Puerto Morelos: This little fishing town is convenient to the Cancun airport and is changing to accommodate vacationers more every day. Enjoy a town that still remembers the old days of the Mexican Caribbean. Great restaurants and some interesting shopping too.
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Soliman Bay & Tankah Bay: People like Soliman Bay & Tankah because they're a step back in time, away from mainstream tourism and back to the roots of the tropical experience. Soliman Bay is a place to kick back and chill-out, purge all your stress and absorb the cool blue Caribbean seascape.
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Southern Quintana Roo: Laguna Bacalar, a turquoise ribbon winding through the jungle, is a gateway to some of the Yucatan's most fantastic archaeological sites.
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Tulum: There's more to Tulum than just the famous ruins! Tourists from around the globe are discovering Tulum for its sand swept beaches & turquoise sea. This is coconut heaven!
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Xcalak: Just north of Belize on the Caribbean, Xcalak Mexico is serene and natural, and has great coral reefs, snorkeling, diving, bone fishing and sea kayaking.
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