Akumal

Akumal means “place of turtles”, the name of this enchanting town of the coast of Riviera Maya, which each year receives different species of turtle seeking to nest on its beaches. This is one of the main attractions, but the town in itself is also worth visiting, as few places on this coast are as charming and peaceful as this, being able to maintain its balance with nature.

Akumal extends in parallel with its beautiful coast, with a few premises dedicated to tourism, especially the restaurants and bars which have the beauty of the Caribbean Sea as a terrace, the best accompaniment for any typical meal from the region. We also find several diving schools that invite you to enter these mysterious waters, but the most impressive experience you can have here is certainly swimming with turtles in their natural habitat. If you simply wish to swim in a different place, in this town we find the Yal-Ku cove, a unique place which is the outlet for underground fresh water, where you will be able to snorkel to discover the multitude of fish which populate these waters.

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Akumal means “place of turtles”, the name of this enchanting town of the coast of Riviera Maya, which each year receives different species of turtle seeking to nest on its beaches. This is one of the main attractions, but the town in itself is also worth visiting, as few places on this coast are as charming and peaceful as this, being able to maintain its balance with nature.

Akumal extends in parallel with its beautiful coast, with a few premises dedicated to tourism, especially the restaurants and bars which have the beauty of the Caribbean Sea as a terrace, the best accompaniment for any typical meal from the region. We also find several diving schools that invite you to enter these mysterious waters, but the most impressive experience you can have here is certainly swimming with turtles in their natural habitat. If you simply wish to swim in a different place, in this town we find the Yal-Ku cove, a unique place which is the outlet for underground fresh water, where you will be able to snorkel to discover the multitude of fish which populate these waters.

Puerto Aventuras

Puerto Aventuras

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Puerto Aventuras is a community that has the most comprehensive marina in the whole Yucatán Peninsula and all kinds of services for a great day in Riviera Maya. Just 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras is the perfect location for those seeking relaxation, or conversely, those who wish to discover the natural wonders of the region on land or at sea.

Among the facilities that we find in Puerto Aventuras, the golf complex is notable, ideal for those who love this sport, who wish to practice it in a tropical environment. Next to the golf course is Puerto Aventuras Racquet Club, another exclusive place for practicing this sport. There is also the possibility of swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery Puerto Aventuras.

Its flamboyant marina of course invites you to enjoy a day of sailing, whether on board a sailing boat to discover this coast and its secrets, on a scuba diving excursion in the clear Caribbean waters, or one of the most popular options, deep-sea fishing, a highly recommended activity if you enjoy this sport and wish to have this experience in tropical waters.

Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos

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Puerto Morelos is considered the entry point to Riviera Maya, very close to Playa del Carmen and Cancún. It is a perfect place for enjoying the classic beauty of the Caribbean coast: turquoise waters, white sand and the typical charm of the small Mexican fishing villages.

In this coastal town there are a multitude of attractions so that you will not be bored for a second, with its wonderful beach being more than sufficient for spending a relaxing day by the sea. One of the most attractive activities is the visit to the coral reef, declared as a National Park, which is one of the largest in the world, for observing many colourful fish which swim in its waters. You can also practice watersports such as kayaking and windsurfing. If you prefer attractions on land, you can visit the botanic garden that represents the flora of the area; or if you are looking for more excitement, there is also an ecological protection area for crocodiles for meeting these reptiles up close. There are of course all kinds of establishments for shopping and restaurants for trying the most delicious local dishes. It is a paradise for any visitor seeking a full day of fun!

Tulum

Tulum

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Tulum is a fortress on the shores of the Caribbean dating to 1000 AD. This is one of the most beautiful Mayan ruins in the Riviera Maya region. Next to it we find the town of the same name which has in recent years been developed to focus on tourism, thanks to the attraction of the nearby ruins, mainly for backpackers, although we can currently find establishments for all budgets.

This town is characterised by being organised around the federal road from which it is accessed. Its streets have a colourful, bohemian atmosphere, ideal for those seeking the simple character of the towns far from tourist centres. Tulum is also a great point of departure for visiting the cenotes of the region and other important archaeological remains such as Coba.  We also find all kinds of conveniences such as restaurants, vehicle hire, companies that organise excursions, and many shops for purchasing local handicrafts. The town in itself has several cycle lanes that allow easy movement in the surroundings, making hiring a bicycle a great idea if you wish to discover this place in a different way.

Valladolid

Valladolid

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On the Yucatán Peninsula, one of the most important cities, closest to the tourist coast of Riviera Maya is Valladolid, an essential place to visit thanks to its colonial architecture and the delicious typical gastronomy of the region that you can savour in its streets. This place was constructed on the former Mayan ceremonial centre of Zací, but today shows its colonial character in its streets and its seven churches spread throughout the city, whose aesthetic has earned it the nickname “the sultan of the east”.

Parque Francisco Cantón Rosado is the centre of Valladolid, where the Church of San Servacio is located, but the jewel of this city is the Convent of San Bernardino de la Siena, dating to the 16th century, whose interior contains frescoes from the period, several gardens and even a cenote. However, it is not the only cenote in the city, there being three more (Zací, Dzitnup and Samulá) spread through Valladolid.

In terms of gastronomy, one of the local dishes which must be sampled is “los lomitas de Valladolid” (meat with tomato and garlic), although we find other specialities of Yucatán such as pickled chicken and oriental turkey. 

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