Playa del Carmen – Riviera Maya
It is true, Cancun’s flash and verve aren’t for everyone and some travelers inevitably drifted south along the Caribbean coast.
Thats why Riviera Maya is a succes, decades ago this place already had some tourism anchors in place: the Mayan ruins of Tulum, the sleepy, sexy vibe of Playa del Carmen, and the liquid beauty of Xel-Ha, a lagoon that offered magical snorkeling.
As more travelers discovered the Riviera Maya, large beachfront resorts began to spring up offering visitors an eco-conscious and culturally-sensitive vacation experience. As the Riviera Maya developed, one of its charms was its appeal for a wide range of travelers, from families with kids in tow to jet-setting couples looking for five-star luxury.
Atractive for families vacationing in the Riviera Maya will most likely stay in one of the seaside resorts, which means they’ll have a beach within easy reach, with options for all kinds of watersports, easy to plan a series of day trips to explore the countryside.
The Riviera Maya is easy to navigate by rental car since almost all points of interest are near Highway 307, signs are clearly posted, the main road is in good condition.
For all Luxury Lovers, recent resort developments in the Riviera Maya seem to be trying to out-do each other in luxury. Also the best shopping in the Riviera Maya can be found in Playa del Carmen a combination of South Beach and St. Tropez. Playa’s Fifth Avenue is a pedestrianized street lined with boutiques where you can find glossy brand names, while others present unique crafts that are gallery level works of art. You can also find many options in restaurants and cafes.
The area has seven golf courses. One of the best is El Camaleón Mayakobá, designed by Greg Norman where you can enjoy ocean, jungle and mangrove in one course.
Sophisticated travelers can bring some added value to their vacation by scheduling their trip during one of the annual festivals, such as the Riviera Maya Film Festival in November, or the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, customarily held in March.