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Mexico: Caribbean coast: Riviera Maya and Tulum

On Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, the Caribbean Mayan Riviera refers to the stretch of uninterrupted pale golden sands running south from the purpose-built resort of Cancún to Tulum, home to the celebrated cliff-top Mayan ruins. The coastline is followed by a close-to-shore barrier reef rich in undersea marine life; offshore are leisure-destination islands such as Isla Mujeres and Cozumel. Small resorts and former fishing villages cater for visitors, notably the family-friendly Playa del Carmen. There is plenty to see and do on the Riviera Maya, including outdoor activities, marine parks and diving opportunities. Within easy reach are several ruined Mayan cities buried away inland in rainforest, including the grand pyramids of Cobá.

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Things to do in Caribbean coast: Riviera Maya and Tulum

Xel Ha

Visit Xel Ha natural theme park


Go snorkelling on the Riviera Maya


Visit the flamingos of Celestun

Underwater gallery

Visit an underwater sculpture gallery

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From Europe, it is a long way to Mexico. So try and combine a visit exploring the Yucatán with a few days on the beach to relax. (Tulum and the Riviera Maya offer great beaches with a decent infrastructure, and the less developed stretch of coast at Holbox is now quicker and easier to get to now that a new road from Holbox to Playa del Carmen has been opened.

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