In the world of Mayan ruins, Chichen Itza gets all the glory, but Ek Balam is less-touristy and still a stunning example of a community. Visitors marvel that the the excavation and restoration of Ek Balam began in the mid-1990s.
Elaborate stage shows are a small part of activities at Xcaret, the Riviera Maya's version of Disneyland. You can also swim with dolphins, participate in wine tastings, and learn about Mayan and Mexican history at the park.
Fifth Avenue is the main shopping drag in Playa del Carmen, and like its New York counterpart, presents shoppers with oodles of opportunities to bring home a souvenir or two.
Of all the Mayan ruins in the region, Tulum is one of the most breathtaking due to its cliffside location overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
The Mayan Express provides visitors with numerous ways to experience authentic Mayan culture, through dance and athletic performances and by learning to make Mayan pottery alongside young villagers in the town of Coba.
With culinary choices ranging from taco trucks with lines down the block to five-star restaurants with modern twists on authentic Mexican cuisine, the food in Riviera Maya presents a wealth of tasty choices.
Day of the Dead
Being in Riviera Maya around Halloween means participating in El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Elaborate altars and offerings can be found in villages, cities, and of course, in cemeteries.
The view from Ceiba del Mar Beach & Spa Resort, an oceanfront resort near the fishing village of Puerto Morelos.
The Riviera Maya's location on the western Caribbean Sea means there are countless beaches to choose from whether you want to surf or sun.
Swimming & Snorkeling
If Xcaret is the Riviera Mayan Disneyland, Xel-ha is its Waterworld equivalent. Perfect for families who want to snorkel, swim, slide, and just explore the vast marine life in the Mexican Caribbean.
The region offers plenty of attractions for visitors, including water parks, Mayan ruins, great food, and outdoor activities. Read full story here.