Thanks to Andrea Ramirez from All the Rooms for putting me in touch with Sage Fitzpatrick who wrote this article about great places to visit in Riviera Maya in Mexico, one of the true gems of North America. I was excited to read this because I’ve never been to any of the cities or monuments in Riviera Maya, but I may be headed there very soon! Hope you like what she has to say about this beautiful part of the world. If you want more information about any of these locations, you can visit All the Rooms to find out more.
The Riviera Maya is Mexico’s stretch of coastline along the Caribbean. There, you’ll find yoga retreats and ancient ruins, as well as all-inclusive resorts, beaches, and bustling cities. Whatever style of vacation you’re looking for, be it relaxing on a beach, exploring the rich history and culture of the area, or even meditating, Riviera Maya has it all. To help narrow down the list of options, we’ve drafted in New York-based travel company AllTheRooms to list some of best places to travel in Riviera Maya.
Want to discover Mexico’s Mayan-built structures? Then head to be sure to Tulum, this walled city was one of the final structures to be created by the Mayans and is a truly wonderful sight. What’s more, Tulum isn’t just known for its ancient origins, it’s also become a popular spot for surfers and yoga fanatics to visit over the last few years. If you’re interested in catching some great waves or want to perfect your yoga poses, Tulum is the place for you. Oh, and if you consider yourself a foodie, it’s also the perfect spot to discover a whole range of culinary delights.
Mexico is steeped in history and no place more so than Yucatan. Home to the icon Mayan temple of Chichen Itza, this UNESCO World Heritage site is now considered to be one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’. The 1,500-year-old structure is both beautiful and daunting. Don’t be fooled by the pictures though — Chichen Itza is a huge complex, not just a pyramid-like structure advertised online or in travel guidebooks. Visitors need roughly an hour and a half to soak everything in without rushing, and our recommendation, especially if you’re not too fond of the heat and crowds, is to get there as early as possible.
Playa del Carmen
You can’t talk about Riviera Maya without mentioning Playa del Carmen. As one of the most popular areas to stay in Mexico, Playa del Carmen is a great base for travelers to venture out and explore nearby attractions. There are plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants to try out, as well as stunning walks along palm tree-lined beaches and dips in the coral reef, crystal blue waters. Playa del Carmen is ideal for people who prefer to stay where it’s busy but want to avoid the craziness of vacation to Cancun.
The beautiful Mayan city of Coba is undoubtedly one of the best places to travel to in Riviera Maya. This mysterious Mayan city is covered on all sides by five cenotes, which are underground caves usually containing pools of stunning turquoise water. These insanely beautiful yet eerie waters add to the mystery of the area, as some of the structures haven’t even been fully excavated. Climb to the top of the pyramid and you’ll be treated to stunning views of the lush green forests that surround the area.
Coba is a pretty remote location to get to, meaning it’s a lot less crowded and touristy than other spots in Riviera Maya. If you want to learn more about Mayan history without fighting for the perfect photo spot, or just want to explore in peace, Coba should be your top pick.
Sage Fitzpatrick is a travel blogger currently living in London. She can be found drinking tea, reading and traveling the world. When she’s not traveling she spends her time blogging about her travels over at A Virtual Postcard.