Mayan Riviera Mexico Where to Stay
The whole of the Mayan Riviera is a Caribbean paradise with beautiful white-sand beaches and warm ocean waters, but which resort should you stay in? These are the major resorts along the Mayan Riviera:
Small ex-fishing town that retains more of its original character than some other Mayan Riviera resorts. Closest of all resorts to Cancun international airport at the extreme Northern end of the Mayan Riviera.
A good selection of restaurants and shops. The great Maya reef is located 500 m off the shore. This reef is renowned for its exceptional diving and snorkeling.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
A fast-growing resort with all the facilities and types of accommodation you could need. Attracts an international mix of travelers looking to enjoy the many excellent restaurants and leisure facilities in a beautiful setting on the Caribbean. This is the place to come if you want your Caribbean experience combined with many shops, bars, and restaurants. The beaches are still wonderful.
A luxury gated community with fabulous beaches and restaurants. Home to the only marina on the Mayan Riviera and a center for sport fishing.
It is a more peaceful alternative to Playa Del Carmen since it does not have the same number of bars etc.
A stunningly beautiful Caribbean resort which has been developed in a style that is sympathetic to the local environment. Very popular as a center for diving and snorkeling.
SOLIMAN AND TANKAH
Great for snorkeling and kayaking – this is the place to go for ultimate relaxation in a low-key resort.
If you want you Mayan ruins within easy reach of the sea this is the place for you! Take in some Mayan culture and then hit the beautiful beach.
This is a better bet than some of the more developed resorts of you are looking for cheap accommodation.
Cozumel (just off the Mayan Riviera coast) has stunning snorkeling on a number of different coral reefs. The diving is also superb.
The water clarity is very good and there is deep water close to shore.
This means that often you will be able to see the larger fish that do not venture into shallow water. With many shore-side facilities this would be the ideal place for a family with a keen diver/snorkeler.
They can admire the coral and you can hit the shops and restaurants!
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