Riviera Maya is probably the most popular destination for spring break, but is also worth a visit during the rest of the year. I’ve spent two weeks there and still I didn’t have time to see and do everything I wanted to. But from what I’ve seen, here are the main sights in and around Cancun.
I suggest booking a tour to Chichen Itza so you can explore the Mayan traditions, history and see the magnificent constructions that have survived for thousands of years.
The next stop on the tour should be a short visit to Valladolid, a very traditional city where you will have a traditional Mexican lunch and also time to explore the city. From there you will have a stop at a cenote, which is a natural open pool with clear water, a great place to get cool down and relax.
Another great spot to visit if you love history is Tulum. There you will get to see more ruins of the Mayan civilization and admire the Caribbean Sea at the same time. Cozumel island is perfect if you love a white sand beach, crystal clear water, wildlife and a beautiful sunset.
Playa del Carmen is the location of all the all-inclusive hotels, including the hotel I stayed in, Riu Yucatan. It’s a very touristic place with a long pedestrian street called Fifth Avenue where you can find hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants. A great place to spend time during the evening and feel very safe comparing with other places in Mexico 🙂
If you love adventure and aqua-parks then you should go to Xcaret, Xel-ha, X-plore and Rio Secreto. They’re the best parks I have ever been to, do not miss them 🙂
Riviera Maya is definitely one of the places I would love to go back to. Something you cannot miss in Mexico is the food – I recommend trying enchiladas de carne (beef) or pollo (chicken), burritos also either with beef or chicken and salsa, tacos and fresh guacamole. Very delicious also are fajitas and quesadillas, which are filled with meat and lots of cheese and beans.A real local treat, especially at the seaside, is Baja fish tacos. More traditional plates are picaditas and tlatloyos, and these are the kind of dishes you usually won’t find in Mexican restaurants outside of Mexico. Together with the food, have a mojito or margarita and enjoy the view. With all of these delights, Mexico has all the ingredients you need in order to have a fantastic time.