Do you want to go on a getaway to Mexico? If so, then the beautiful Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula is a wonderful place for a tropical getaway. The climate is perfect and the area is known for having the best Mexican beaches. The area has received the Safe Travels Stamp which means it is considered safe for travel during COVID. Plus, you will be able to learn about Mexico’s rich culture when you visit the ancient Mayan ruins. Continue to read below to learn about the top Riviera Maya activities.
Swimming at the Beach
Riviera Maya has some of the best beaches in the entire world. The sands are soft and the water is crystal clear. There, you can enjoy a picnic at one of the beaches, which include Akumal, Tulum, Holbox, Playa Paraiso, Playa XpuHa, Puerto Morelos, and Playa del Carmen. You will want to make sure you wear sunscreen and a hat because the sun can get pretty hot. Swimming at any of the area’s stunning beaches is one of the most popular and top Riviera Maya activities.
Freshwater Cenotes Swimming
Another top Riviera Maya activity is freshwater “cenote” swimming. You can find freshwater cenotes in the Mexican jungle in the Yucatan. A freshwater cenote is a natural swimming hole that occurs when limestone bedrock begins to collapse, and groundwater is exposed. The cenotes were also important to the ancient Mayans as they used them for their water supply and sacrificial offerings. Every freshwater cenote is different. Some are caverns while some are open to the sky so that they resemble a large swimming pool. Don’t miss your chance to swim in a magical cenote during your visit to the Riviera Maya.
Explore Ancient Ruins
In Mexico, many of the top archaeological sites are in the Riviera Maya. For example, the most popular ancient ruin in the area is Chichen Itza. There are several well-preserved ruins and a very large step pyramid (El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan). Today, you can see stone carvings in the structures and ruins. They also have a ball court, the Wall of Skulls, and the Temple of the Warriors ruins. The ancient ruins are especially special to visit in the evenings due to an impressive sound and light show.
Swimming With Sharks
Did you know that whale sharks are massive saltwater fish that live in the tropical warm ocean waters? It’s true. Whale sharks like to swim in open ocean water because of their large size and their diet. The whale sharks start migrating each spring to central west Australia’s coast. The whale sharks are in Riviera Maya from June thru September, but in July and August is when the whale shark season peaks. They are actually very slow, but it looks like they are fast due to their massive size. If you would like to go swimming with the sharks, then you can book a tour in Riviera Maya as there are many to choose from. Always listen to the guide and follow the instructions. Remember, you must never touch the whale sharks because it is illegal. Make sure you try this top Riviera Maya activity on your vacation.
Snorkeling with Sea Turtles
Next, another popular Riviera Maya activity is to go snorkeling with sea turtles. Did you know that snorkeling with sea turtles is actually one of the most popular water activities worldwide? It is, especially in Mexico. Akumal is a small beach that is perfect for snorkeling with sea turtles. In fact, this is one of the best places where you can snorkel and swim with sea turtles. From May to November is the best time to enjoy this popular Riviera Maya activity.
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