130 kilometers of beaches and a pleasant 80 °F (27 °C) throughout the year. Sounds fantastic, right? This is the Riviera Maya, the coastline that hides some of the most incredible natural treasures in the Caribbean. If you’re thinking about staying at a Riviera Maya resorts and enjoying Playa del Carmen, the ancient ruins and the lush vegetation, here are six things to include in your plans for a Caribbean vacation. Take note:
SIX THINGS YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY DO WHILE STAYING AT A RIVIERA MAYA RESORT
Exploring Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen has become the epicenter of the Caribbean. It’s the largest municipality in the region (and the one with the most leisure alternatives, such as its Quinta Avenida) and is also home to the best Riviera Maya all-inclusive resorts.
In addition to the endless beaches and the avenues filled with shops that sell the best Mexican souvenirs, Playa del Carmen also features internationally renowned cultural events. An example is the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, which takes place in December, or the Playa del Carmen Carnival, one of the most important in America along with the Campeche Carnival.
Snorkeling in Tulum
The second largest coral reef is located in the waters along the Mexican coast, specifically in Tulum, an ancient merchant port famous for the Mayan ruins overlooking the turquoise sea where you can go snorkeling and discover thousands of marine species. Alone or in good company, you decide!
Discovering Río Secreto
If you haven’t had enough with snorkeling and the culture of Playa del Carmen, why not explore the 15 kilometers of caves of Río Secreto? You’ll come across amazing shapes created from water erosion in a part of Mexico that was hidden away until recently. The perfect excursion for enjoying a different Caribbean vacation with an ecotourism plan.
Eating the best Mexican food
Guacamole, fajitas, tacos, enchiladas and more. Fall in love with Mexican food while strolling through the streets of the nation’s largest cities. And if you’re not a fan of spicy ingredients, be sure to try “marquesitas”, a type of crepe filled with cheese or dulce de leche.
To top it off, the all-inclusive resorts feature restaurants with the best international cuisine that combines fusion concepts with traditional recipes. A foodie paradise!
Swimming in a natural spring
A trip to the Riviera Maya isn’t complete without a dip in a natural spring. There are 7,000 natural springs throughout the Mexican Caribbean, and sunlight makes its way into these natural pools despite the fact that they’re submerged in deep grottoes.
These were sacred places for Mayans and are a required stop for tourists. The water is crystal-clear, allowing scuba divers to explore the interconnecting tunnels. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and create a GIF as you take the leap of a lifetime.
Tip: Bring bug repellent to these natural springs or the mosquitoes will feast on your skin.
Trying your hand at kitesurfing
Aside from the activities available at the all-inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen, if you’re looking for adventure and sports, kitesurfing is one of the most popular alternatives in this part of the Caribbean. Most beaches feature kitesurf schools that rent the necessary gear and offer instructors who perfectly master the technique. What more could you want from a Caribbean vacation?
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