When it comes to Caribbean’s most extravagant spoils, Riviera Maya on the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula is a name that emerges right on top. Its stunning beaches, crystalline sands, cerulean waters and warm weather draws thousands of vacation-hungry tourists to its altar, but the main USP of the Riviera is its ability to provide your usual Caribbean indulgences minus the crowds.
If you are looking at a Caribbean holiday soon, consider Riviera Maya for these top experiences:
Rejuvenate at Pristine Beaches
We’re sure you have been dreaming of the immaculate white-sand beaches ever since you heard about the Riviera Maya. See all your beach fantasies come true along the picturesque shoreline of the Mayan Riviera, stretching from Puerto Morelos in the north and Tulum in the south. There’s a lot that an activity seeker will find exciting, including underwater adventures such as snorkelling and scuba diving but a laid-back traveller will really be well off sunbathing under the warm Caribbean sun. If you want to take the indulgence to another level, look for holistic wellness spas hosted by top beachside resorts and hotels. These are sure to leave you feeling relaxed to the bone.
Get Charmed by the Tulum Town
Just 90 minutes south of Cancun nestles the picturesque town of Tulum, boasting some of the most Instagram-worthy locales around the world. A Bohemian vibe presides over the beach town that is home to a number of yoga resorts, plush boutiques, luxurious hotels and world-class restaurants. Serving opulence and tranquillity in equal measures, Tulum is perfect for a laid-back beach holiday. If are motivated enough, you can explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum on a bicycle and learn in detail about the history of the town.
Explore the Beautiful Cenotes
The natural sinkholes revealing crystal clear groundwater, the cenotes of Riviera Maya make for a splendid attraction. There are over 12000 cenotes in the region, some of which are surrounded by the most stunning natural scenery. Cenote Ik Kil, located next to Chichen Itza is one of the most popular as well as most astounding of all cenotes. However, it is advisable to visit here early in the morning to avoid crowds. If you would rather take a dip in a quiet, cool cenote that has tree vines reaching to the water levels in a dramatic fashion; pick Cenote San Lorenzo Oxman.
Swim with Whale Sharks
The warm and plankton-rich waters of the Isla Holbox become breeding grounds for majestic whale sharks each year, especially around from May through November. A chance to snorkel alongside these giants of the water is one of the most exciting things to do in the Riviera. Book a tour with one of the leading tour outfitters who will supply you with the necessary gear and information to make your experience safer and more rewarding. If you are particularly lucky, you may be surrounded by as many as 50 whale sharks feeding off the planktons at the same time. Sightings of dolphins have also been reported from here.