One of the most beautiful destinations in Mexico 

A tourist corridor from Puerto Morelos to Punta Allen 

Surely you have heard someone talking about this Mexican Caribbean destination; wondered about its history, location, things to do, and how to get there. If this is the case, this Riviera Maya destination guide is for you. We provide information for travelers who wish to explore this paradise.

1.- Riviera Maya History 

In 1997, a group of marketing and tourism business experts named it Riviera Maya. Nowadays, it is a preferred destination for national and foreign tourists.  

Since then, it has achieved high recognition by tourists, obtaining many visitors every year. Many tourists return as frequent visitors to continue discovering its wonders. 

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2.- Where is the Riviera Maya?  

Throughout the state of Quintana Roo, you will find the Riviera Maya. It goes from Puerto Morelos to Punta Allen -approximately 81 miles in length- covering several points besides some well-known tourist destinations.

Riviera Maya: Destination Guide

3.- Riviera Maya Destinations 

Puerto Morelos: A fishing village with beautiful beaches, which preserves one of the most important ports in the state. Here you can see the pier and the iconic lighthouse representative of this town.  

Playa del Carmen: Certainly recognized for its beautiful beaches and its famous Fifth Avenue, where you can find entertainment, nightclubs, shops, crafts, and murals.

Akumal: A coconut village with a small community of divers is undoubtedly one of the visitor’s favorite destinations for diving and snorkeling.

Tulum: Located on the coast of the Mexican Caribbean, this town houses one of the best-known archaeological sites.   

Cobá: This archaeological site contains the vestiges of one of the most important ancient Maya cities.  

Cozumel: One of the largest islands in the Caribbean and home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world. For this reason, snorkeling is one of the favorite activities on the island.

Punta Allen: A fishing village that takes you away from modern life. Located within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Surrounded by tropical beauty, crystal clear waters, and white sand. Above all, a fantastic scenario to spend a beautiful day.

4.- Riviera Maya Lodging 

Furthermore, in this Riviera Maya destination guide, we show you one of the best places to stay: Playa del Carmen. Here you will find the best hotels and services: restaurants, tours, parks, and entertainment. Tip: Either land or sea, it is easy to get transportation to any point you want to visit. 

It has a varied offer of lodgings, resorts, boutique hotels, and urban hotels. Additionally, some hotels pursue the traditional Mexican style. 

Here you can also find many hostels and camping sites, or if you prefer, you can always book an Airbnb. There are enough options for each visitor’s needs that make your trip unforgettable. 

Besides the all-inclusive concept, there are hotels with the All-Fun Inclusive concept. In addition to food and drinks, including access to the best parks such as Xcaret, Xel-Há, and Xplor, among others. These hotels are:  

5.- Transportation options in the Riviera Maya  

To move from one point to another; it’s essential to know that the route travels along the Cancun – Chetumal highway, crossing the entire Riviera.  

You can board a van in which you can descend at any stop; locate yourself to board another van or walk. You can also take a taxi or public transport to get around locally. On the other hand, there are buses to Cancun – Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen – Tulum, or vice versa.  

Riviera Maya: Destination Guide

Some tours can include and facilitate the transport you will need to go to several points on this route. In addition, in Quintana Roo, the Uber service is not currently available. 

Along the route, you can find beaches, hotels, buildings, monuments, and resorts. On the other hand, you can find villages where you can observe their inhabitants and the development of their localities. In addition, you can find cenotes or even golf courses.  

6.- Main attractions of the Riviera Maya  

Some attractions you can find throughout the Riviera Maya are cenotes, underground caverns, lagoons, and beaches.  

However, we still need to mention those beautiful eco-tourist theme parks and archaeological sites located on the Riviera, starting with:  

  • Xcaret is the most recreational and commemorative park in the area, located just 6.2 miles from Playa del Carmen. 
  • Xplor is the park that awakens adventure and makes you live a journey on zip lines.  
  • Xenses is the park that takes you to experience and play with your senses.  
  • Xel-Há is a water park with a large reserve of marine life.  
  • Surrounded by white sand beaches and a beautiful turquoise blue sea, Tulum is an archaeological site that preserves mayan temples. 
  • Cobá is an archaeological zone where you can find cenotes and lagoons; water systems used in this Maya city.  

In the first place, here are some public beaches along this tourist corridor:

  • Playa Mamitas in Playa del Carmen   
  • Beaches in Puerto Morelos  
  • Cobá Beach  
  • Free Tortugas Beach in Akumal  
  • Chemuyil Beach  
  • Tulum Ruins Beach  

We have also added to this Riviera Maya destination guide some marvelous cenotes:  

  • Cenotes Route is located right on the highway in Puerto Morelos.
  • Cenote Cristalino, 12 miles from Playa del Carmen. 
  • Cenote Azul in Puerto Aventuras, between Tulum and Playa del Carmen.  
  • Aktun Chen, between Akumal and Xel-Há.  
  • Cenote Ik Kil is 2 hours from Playa del Carmen. 

Finally, there are some shopping centers where you can get souvenirs, handicrafts and more:  

  • Quinta Alegría in Playa del Carmen  
  • Barceló Maya Mall in Puerto Aventuras  
  • Paseo del Carmen in Playa del Carmen  

Every time, since now, you hear anyone talking about the Riviera Maya, you will know it is truly a paradise. This tourist corridor has many treasures to offer; so, when are you going to visit it?