Places to See in Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Riviera Maya (wiki) stretches from Cancun to the north and Tulum to the south. It dates back before Christopher Columbus and has jungles, ancient ruins, nightlife and world class beaches. All of this makes the area one of the most sought after travel destinations. There are great hotels and huge resorts to stay at and lots to see. Here are some of the best places to see in the Riviera Maya.

Sunset in Riviera Maya
Sunset in Riviera Maya

One of the best places to see is Akumal, which means ‘place of turtles.’ These beautiful creatures swim in the bay and make Akumal one of the best places to snorkel. The water is clear and calm and it isn’t hard to see or even swim next to one of these turtles. There’s also tropical fish and reef plants to view here. And if you’re hungry, there are some very good restaurants nearby.


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Another thing you’ll want to see and experience are the cenotes that are all around the area. You’ll see the locals drop down into these sinkholes that lead to underground canals. You can explore these passages to go swimming, wading, snorkeling and, of course, cave diving like the locals.

Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza

We’ve all seen the pictures but now you can see it in real life. Chichen Itza is the grand pyramid created by the Mayan civilization that still stands today. You can easily take a bus trip and spend the day not only viewing this great ruin but also the other ruins in the area. And since so many people travel inland to view it, there’s a lot of locally crafted items to buy from local Mayan sellers.

Continuing the Mayan ruin theme, you’ll want to see Coba. This is another pyramid, but smaller than Chichen Itza. This one is located deep in the jungle so you can also explore the forest in addition to seeing the pyramid. A local guide will show you the unique fawna in the area or you can rent a bike to blaze the trails.

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System
Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System image source – pinterest.com

Back to nature, you’ll also want to see the Mesoamerican Reef. Although you can’t see it all, it’s over 600 miles long, you can see the best parts. Go scuba diving to see the fish, coral, sea turtles and more. There are plenty of great companies and guides that will set up your entire experience and show you where to go and what to look for.

Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico Beach
Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico Beach

Now that you know some of the best places to see, you’ll want to book a room in one of the best hotels in riviera maya. Stay at a great hotel and they will help you plan your stay. Mention these places in this article and they will guide you. With a great hotel experience and a lot of places to see, your Riviera Maya vacation will be one of the memorable ever.

Check out our complete list of recommended Hotels and Resorts in Riviera Maya, Mexico via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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