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Riviera Maya, a mystical destination to discover

Mayakoba is located in picturesque Riviera Maya, Mexico’s premier beach destination fronting the Caribbean Sea. The destination is a 30 minutes’ drive from Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes from the cosmopolitan town of Playa del Carmen. Along this coast, home to the second-largest coral reef in the world stretching from the Yucatán to Guatemala, Mayakoba has made its distinction by being a carefully maintained ecosystem of dunes, mangroves and freshwater lagoons – home to myriad indigenous species of fish, birds, and mammals.

It is one of the best destinations for diving and snorkeling. If you are lucky enough to submerge in the Caribbean waters, you will find yourself surrounded by tropical fish, stingrays, and even the fascinating whale sharks.

Enjoy its warm weather, Caribbean beaches, and tropical jungle all year round, the average annual temperature is 24–25 °C (75–77 °F)

Discover the underworld of Cenotes

There are literally thousands of Cenotes or natural caves that are filled with fresh water, in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. These underwater sinkholes were formed millions of years ago when limestone caves collapse, revealing underground pools and today lucky travelers can take a dip in some.

You can scuba dive or snorkel in these underwater caves and caverns filled with crystal clear water full of minerals. They are one of the main attractions in the Yucatan Peninsula. When you are scuba diving or snorkeling in the Cenotes in Mexico, you will see stunning formations of stalagmites and stalactites.

The Mystic Mayan Culture

The Mayan culture is what sets the Riviera Maya and Yucatan apart from the rest of Mexico. Its distinct footprint remains today as you can visit some of the most magical locations and Mayan communities which keep their traditions alive. Visit some of the main Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza, Cobá and Tulum, just to name a few.

The Maya civilization was a Mesoamerican civilization developed by the Maya peoples, and noted for its hieroglyphic script—the only known fully developed writing system of the pre-Columbian Americas—as well as for its art, architecture, mathematics, calendar, and astronomical system.

Mexican Arts & Crafts

Mexico is well known for its folk art. Find all kinds of traditional Mexican arts & crafts in Riviera Maya. Walk down the fifth avenue in Playa del Carmen and be amazed by the variety of local artisans, traditional fashion, and regional artifacts.

Browse the boutiques within Mayakoba, carefully curated by Brenda Díaz de la Vega and Javier Barrilero, to find exclusive and trendy clothes, accessories, and arts from up and coming Mexican designers and artists.

The second largest coral reef in the world

In The Riviera Maya’s shores lies the second largest coral reef in the world, home to a vast variety of marine species. Go on a trip to swim with the whale sharks, scuba dive with bull sharks in their natural habitat, snorkel with sea turtles at Akumal and enjoy the colorful fish that surrounds the beautiful coral reef.

Visit the underwater contemporary museum of art called MUSA with over 500 permanent life-sized and monumental sculptures. One of the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial art attractions in the world. Located in the waters surrounding Cancun and Isla Mujeres.