Mayan Riviera (Riviera Maya) beaches stretch along 100 miles of the world’s most beautiful pink and white powdered coral, from Cancun to Tulum.

The Mayan Riviera is studded with some of the newest and fanciest hotel resorts as well as private, secluded bungalows and small hotels (some without electricity or phones).

Beginning at the “gateway” of Puerto Morelos, just 10 minutes from Cancun airport, the Riviera Maya ends at Tulum and its seaside Mayan ruins.

The Yucatan is considered one of the 6 “cradles of civilization” and the crown jewel of Mexican tourism.

Its American “hip”, European “chic”, and Mexican “live and let live” tenor provides a “bohemian” flavor not found anywhere else in the the Americas. Strolling the artists’ community of Playa del Carmen is an adventure in itself.

mayan rivieraFar more ancient than Mayan ruins is the undersea world of the Palancar reef along the Riviera’s Caribbean coast. As the worlds’s second largest coral reef, (after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef), the waters between the mainland and Cozumel are considered by many divers (including the late Jacques Cousteau) as the “best” on the planet. Visibility is almost unlimited and the marine life is usually very friendly.

Eschewing the frantic Cancun nightclubs environment, many vacationers (especially those with kids) are choosing the Mayan Riviera for the peace and quiet as well as the beauty of this tropical, beach paradise.

At Tulum the super highway suddenly turns into the dirt roads and jungle trails of the (as yet) pristine and undeveloped Costa Maya.

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