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Highlights of the Riviera Maya

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Mexico’s Riviera Maya has become famous for its collection of beach towns—Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum, and Punta Allen among them—that not so long ago would have been called “sleepy.” Today, they are increasingly popular points along a north-to-south Riviera Maya trajectory, offering an appealing combination of all-inclusive resort and boutique hotel accommodations, along with archaeological sites, a biosphere reserve teeming with flora and fauna, and gorgeous beaches. Dive in.
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Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Wonderful catamarans that you can rent right off the beach.
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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
You've likely seen the main attraction of Tulum in a travel ad, a postcard, or a friend's Instagram feed, but there's still nothing like witnessing first hand the only Maya site that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Standing before the 13th-century...
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Xpu Ha, Q.R., Mexico
Playa del Carmen is abuzz with activity day and night, but that doesn’t mean visitors can’t find a secluded swath of sand to call their own. Riviera Maya is dotted with plenty of beaches that are largely free of other sun- and sea-seeking...
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Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Strung along the Caribbean Sea, the towns and communities of the Riviera Maya naturally offer up abundant opportunities for aquatic adventures. You might join a fishing excursion near the second longest barrier reef in the world or plumb the...
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Kaan, Balam Tun, Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Lace up your hiking boots! Several regional eco-parks, such as Xcaret, Xel-Há, and Kantun Chi, beckon with fascinating endemic wildlife and opportunities to interact with the animals. One of the can’t-miss Riviera Maya experiences is trekking...