Have you heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder? With the all-too appropriate acronym SAD, it afflicts millions of people every year. Symptoms, which include low energy, loss of appetite and sleeping problems, usually start in the fall and can continue all winter long. There are plenty of ways to combat SAD – including a winter getaway to sunnier spots. So avoid the winter blues this year and head south to the Riviera Maya, Mexico, home to the all inclusive resorts Occidental at Xcaret Destination and Barcelo Maya Grand Resort (comprised of Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial, Barceló Maya Tropical, and the all-suite, AAA Four-Diamond Barceló Maya Palace). In a word, Riviera Maya weather is perfect. The region offers one of the best winter vacations. But that’s not all. Here are just a handful of sun-soaked activities to get you in a summer frame of mind during the chillier months.
The Riviera Maya is packed with legendary beaches for all your vitamin D needs, making it one of the best places to travel in winter. But which Riviera Maya beach is right for you? Here are a few suggestions for the best Riviera Maya beaches.
- Picture it: a private cove, waves gently lapping at the shore, palm trees swaying gently in the tropical breeze, a cocktail in hand, and the one you love lounging next to you. Sound good? That’s what you get at Occidental at Xcaret Destination’s Arena Beach Lounge, which was recently reimagined with new luxurious amenities, such as Jacuzzis, comfy beach beds and much more – just right for enjoying the Riviera Maya weather.
- There are so many things to do in Riviera Maya – especially out on the water. The active traveler will find endless aquatic fun at Barceló Maya Grand Resort’s beach, which is renowned as one of the most beautiful spots at water’s edge in all of Mexico. Snorkel and swim in calm, crystal clear waters, amidst teeming marine life. Take a catamaran or stand-up paddleboard out past the waves. Catch the breeze on a windsurfing board. When you need a break, just toss a towel on the sand and drift off …
Riviera Maya Outdoor Adventures at Xcaret Eco-Park
There’s no way you can feel the winter blues when you’re exploring the vibrant Xcaret Eco-Park, which is located adjacent to the Occidental at Xcaret Destination resort. Take a float down the aptly named Paradise River, a gorgeous waterway offers stunning scenery as you float gently onboard a comfortable raft. Don’t get too comfortable, though – you’ll want to keep an eye out for wildlife, including blue crabs, iguanas, peccaries and other friendly creatures. learn all about the amazing stingrays who call Xcaret home – and then get to interact with them in a tranquil natural lagoon. A parasailing adventure here will send you soaring high above the sea and jungle – 600 feet high to be exact. The views are spectacular, and the adrenaline rush is unparalleled.
Riviera Maya Hidden Island Paradises
A winter blues-curing vacation should offer a healthy dose of serenity and solitude. So why not discover your very own hidden island paradise? There are many secluded spots to explore, all with that legendary Riviera Maya weather. Just a few options include:
- Isla Holbox: This pristine (and car-free!) island is a must-visit for eco-tourists – bird lovers, in particular. The shallow lagoon on the island attracts an array of feathered friends, including flamingos, pelicans and other exotic species.
- Isla Perez: Part of the Alacranes Reef National Park, the serene Isla Perez is a favorite for snorkelers and scuba divers – the clear waters here boast extensive and colorful reefs and some amazing sunken vessels.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning your winter blues escape in Riviera Maya. Oh and did we mention – winter is actually the best time to visit, with gorgeous Riviera Maya weather and sunny skies.