Discover what to do in the Riviera Maya. Explore its beachfront real estate opportunities

The Riviera Maya, tropical Mexican Caribbean beach stretch from Cancun to Tulum of 80 miles has been around for thousands of years, enjoyed by the ancient Mayans as their own paradise. The Mayans enjoyed the most advanced civilization in Mesoamerica, and settled southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, northern El Salvador and western Honduras. It is believed that their ancestors crossed the Bering Strait 25,000 years ago when glacial ice allowed to cross from Siberia to Alaska. The Maya originated in Yucatan around 2,600 B.C., and became an important civilization in 250 A.D. Their civilization was at its height for one thousand years, but was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century. We can still enjoy breathtaking Mayan towns all over Yucatan peninsula and the Riviera Maya, and the whole Mexican Caribbean region is permeated with the magic Mayan atmosphere, tales and culture.

The Riviera Maya as we know it today - a world-class vacation destination with abundant water and land attractions, dotted with hotels and vacation homes, and with beachfront real estate opportunities that are some of the best in the world, is only about 20 years old.

The main towns are Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum and Coba. Tulum is currently considered to be the fastest-growing beach town in the Riviera Maya that offers unparalleled real estate investing opportunities. Playa del Carmen, on the other hand, is the largest Riviera Maya’s town, an internationally acclaimed hot vacation destination with multiple restaurants, hotels, beach clubs and shops. Interestingly enough, Playa del Carmen was just a tiny fishermen’s village 15-20 years ago. Since then, it has been experiencing unparalleled real estate boom.

The terrain of the Riviera Maya is flat, with lush tropical vegetation, white sugary sand beaches and warm turquoise Mexican Caribbean waters. The temperature is pleasant year-round, with average 77-86F (24 - 28C) degrees.

What to do in the Riviera Maya

There is hardly another region in the world with so many activities and attractions to enjoy, including world-class golf, diving and snorkeling in the world’s 2nd largest barrier reef, swimming in jungle cenotes (natural fresh water sink holes) and cave diving, gourmet dining, eco-cultural water parks, jungle adventures, ancient Mayan towns, the natural biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an and more.

AKUMAL offers clear waters and swimming with turtles. After a breathtaking underwater experience enjoy a cold beer at one of its beachfront restaurants. There is also Yal-Ku park in Akumal with a turquoise, clear lagoon where you can snorkel and see countless colorful fish.

XCARET, XEL-HA AND XPLOR are natural water/ cultural parks that bring a day full of adventure to the whole family. Swim through the rivers and wander jungle roads at Xcaret, finishing your night with a Spectacular Mexico show. At Xplor, fly between trees on a zip-line, discover extraordinary rock formations and caves. At Xel-Ha, experience Mexican hospitality, float down the rivers and bike through the forest.

AKTUN CHEN is a spectacular 640 m (0.4 mile) dry cave system, the largest of the Riviera Maya, about 5 million years old.

RIO SECRETO is Riviera Maya’s underground secret river where you can float through a natural tunnel while admiring breathtaking stalactites and breath in a complete silence.

ANCIENT MAYAN TOWNS is another major attraction of the Riviera Maya. Visit MAYAN RUINS OF TULUM, perched high on a cliff, overlooking a clear blue Caribbean sea – a former Mayan port city, in which you can still feel the Mayan spirit in their ancient remaining temples and houses. MAYAN RUINS OF COBA, one of the most significant architectural Mayan sites, is just 40 min away from Tulum. Climb to the top of Nohuch Mul (130 ft), which means “large mound” in the Mayan language, and is the tallest pyramid in the Yucatán Peninsula.

Whatever is your preferred way to spend your time, there is always something to do in the Riviera Maya. Enjoy!

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