About Riviera Maya, Mexico
Situated along the Caribbean coastline of the state of Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya is located in the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. Historically, this district started at the city of Playa del Carmen and ended at the village of Tulum, although the towns of Puerto Morelos, situated to the north of Playa del Carmen, as well as the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, situated 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the south of Tulum, are both currently being promoted as part of the Riviera Maya tourist corridor.
The Riviera Maya was originally called the “Cancun–Tulum corridor”, but in 1999, it was renamed as the Riviera Maya with the aid of Lic. Miguel Ramón Martín Azueta. At the time, he was the municipal president of Solidaridad, Quintana Roo. The municipality of Solidaridad includes the whole of the official Riviera Maya from Playa del Carmen in the north, to Tulum in the south, and extends approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) inland, to the border with the state of Yucatán.
Famous for its large scale all-inclusive resorts and a historical tourism base of smaller boutique hotels as well as the many fine-dining restaurants, Riviera Maya boasts many luxury travel entities and an increasing presence of luxury villa rentals and yacht charters as well.
A major attraction throughout the Riviera Maya are coastal and reef aquatic activities dependent on the coastal water and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Belize Barrier Reef) which begins near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Riviera Maya continuing southward to Guatemala. This barrier reef system is the second longest in the world.
Activities at the most visited locations include jet-skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming in cenotes, swimming with dolphins, zip-lining, horse riding, sailing, and guided jungle tours. Archeology is also a big tourist draw in the area, including the popular archeological sites operated by the Instituto Nacional de Archeological such as Tulum on the coast, and Chichen Itza and Coba located some distance inland.
The medium annual temperature is 75–77 °F, with a climate that is dominated by a rainy season from May through November, and within the dry season there is a period dominated by northerly winds, called El Norte, which usually occurs in the months of January and February. The maximum mean annual precipitation throughout the Yucatán Peninsula occurs along the coast of the Riviera Maya with 4.9 ft of rainfall with a general decline to the NW with only 1.3 ft per year or less on the opposite side of the Peninsula. While the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán experiences a large number of tropical storms and hurricanes, the storm tracks and therefore landfalls of these are divergent to both the north (Cancun) and the south (south of Tulum and down to Belize) striking generally outside the Riviera Maya region. Groundwater and therefore cenote water temperatures are 77 °F year round. Coastal waters 79 °F in January to 84 °F in August.
Traveling to Riviera Maya/Hard Rock Riviera Maya
When flying to Riviera Maya Mexico, you must plan to fly into Cancun International Airport (CUN). The Hard Riviera Maya is roughly 1 hour and 10 minutes from CUN.
Cancun International Airport (CUN) is one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean, with millions of people visiting annually.
Major international airlines as well as charter airlines have direct or connecting flights to Cancun every day, making the Cancun and Riviera Maya more accessible than ever.
For more on CUN, visit www.cancunairport.com
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