The best beaches of the Riviera Maya

17 September, 2014 1 Comment

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The Yucatan peninsula, and especially the state of Quintana Roo, offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Mexican Republic and is a privileged destination for visitors from all over the world. The Caribbean Sea offers transparent and quiet waters for the practice of water sports or simply to enjoy the sunshine and the very pleasant climate of this part of Mexico.

Cancun, a city famous for its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, its night-life and its first class hotels, is one of the preferred destinations in Mexico. Cancun is the gateway to the Mayan Riviera and offers a fascinating journey through ancient cultures. With its average temperature of 20 °C, there is much to see and do in this city, but you can also simply relax.

But if you’re looking for action, excursions, shopping centres, an exciting night-life, water sports such as swimming, diving and fishing, or others as golf and tennis are waiting for you.

Isla Mujeres, located opposite the city of Cancun, is a strip of land of limestone formation 8 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide. This island offers a multitude of activities and points to visit, like the Makax Lagoon, Playa Norte or Playa Cocos, and Garrafon Park, located on the southern end of the island that has a reef where you can snorkel, dive and swim. Another activity you can enjoy is to walk in the archaeological area or enjoy the scenery lying in the sun. I recommend you visit the home of the famous Mundaca pirate. You can get to Isla Mujeres by boat that comes from Puerto Juarez. The journey takes 25 minutes.

Playa del Secreto and Playa Paraíso are other of the beaches in this region. Separated for about 5 kilometres, are endless beaches where there are small private houses.

In Paradise Beach, for example, there is a resort powered with solar and wind energy. They have basic services and is a preferred site for sea turtles to spawn, as well as crabs and for a number of endangered species. The environment of the beaches here has hardly been affected by the human society. You will find these two beaches in the stretch from Puerto Morelos to Playa del Carmen.

To finish, we recommend you visit Puerto Morelos, a small harbour surrounded by mangroves. His lonely white sandy beach invites you to swim in the quiet waters. In addition, you will have the option to dive on the reef nearby. It is recommended to visit the interesting “Dr. Alfredo Barrette Marin” botanic garden too, which is located 3 kilometres from Puerto Morelos.

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