About Riviera Maya, Mexico
To get started, please know the words Riviera Maya or Mayan Riviera can be used interchangably to describe this very same area.
In 1975, the mexican government decided to aide in the development of the of the coastal area, creating the state of Quintana Roo, the name of a writer and prominent politicar leader in the struggle for Mexican Independence. Hundreds of monuments are hidden in the interior of the state. Some, like those in Tulum and Coba are of special interest.
All manner of tourist services have been created since 1975 in an unprecedented campaign. Cities like Cancun resulted were the results of this development. The Riviera Maya stretches over nearly 100 miles of coastline, from south of Cancun, in Puerto Morelos to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Once home to small fishing villages, the Riviera Maya coastline has since been developed into a modern tourist corridor offering the very best of high-end luxury resorts, fine dining, nightlife, spa retreats, shopping and golf.
One of the main attractions when it comes to the Riviera Maya is the beaches. White sand and the bright blue waters of the Caribbean is why tourists flock to this area of Mexico.
The Riviera Maya is far more laid back than the high rise hustle and bustle of Cancun. The hotel zone of Cancun is far more touristy and Americanized.
Another great feature of the Riviera Maya is all the fun outdoor activities it offers. Just offshore along the Riviera Maya is the Playacar reef. Snorkeling and scuba diving are on everyone's "to do" list that visits. In addition there are zip lines, ATV tours, hiking, biking and ecological parks for your family to enjoy.
Its not unusual in Riviera Maya to see monkeys, iguanas and tropical birds which is something the kids absolutely love. Mexico offers some of the warmest and best hospitality. It is definitly a destination you want to visit.