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The Riviera Maya district in Mexico, which stretches along the south east coast of the country along the Mexico 307 road, has plenty of exciting activities, sandy beaches and luxurious hotels to make for a great couple’s holiday.
There a number of all-inclusive hotel resort packages on offer in the region and a number of hotels are specifically for adults only, such as the Blue Diamond Riveria Maya, set in 36 acres of tropical jungle and a private beach, with a number of dining options available. Or for something on a smaller budget, the all inclusive Occidental Grand Xcarat offers river channels and free form pools in addition to a private beach, as well as 11 restaurants and 10 bars. It is located near to the Xcarat Park, which you can take a tour to and explore its natural and man-made features such as an underground river, botanical garden, and butterfly farm.
If water activities are your thing, then you’re sure to find much to keep you occupied away from your hotel in Riviera Maya. You could go to the Riviera Maya Sea Life Discovery Plus and receive a behind the scenes tour learning about how the sea creatures are cared for, before interacting with sea lions and manatees and going for a swim with dolphins. You could also go on a Mayan adventure from Riviera Maya, where you’ll experience hidden spots such as caves, a natural well, an ocean inlet and have the opportunity to snorkel and swim.
There’s also plenty to see on the mainland of the Riviera Maya, and one way to explore the landscape could be to take a horseback day tour, suitable for both amateurs and professionals, spending two hours riding along the coastline. Another option could be to go on an All Terrain Vehicle Tour of the area, riding through the jungle on ATVs with a guide, and stopping for a swim in a natural pool along the way.
The area of Riviera Maya also has many cultural features associated with the Mayan civilization as its name suggests, and you can take the time to explore a number of sites such as Chichen Itza, a famous archaeological site of that ancient civilization. This full day tour includes food and entry fees, and you’ll get to see the central pyramid of El Castillo, as well as the surrounding buildings, with a tour as well as free time to look around yourself. Another day trip could be to the ruins of Coba, a Mayan village 170km from Cancún, where you can climb to the top of the tallest Mayan pyramid in the region, as well as having free time to explore the site before stopping at another Mayan village to learn about Mexican culture from the village people. And of course, there is the option of a swim, in a fresh-water sinkhole.
If you’d like to mix a tour of an historic site with some outdoor activities, then the Yucatan Adventure: Snorkel, Zipline and Tulum Ruins Tour could be up your street: in the morning you pay a visit to the Tulum ruins with your guide, then you can go snorkelling in an underground cave, then zipline through the jungle and cycle across the treetops on a Skycycle, while finally finishing the tour on another zipline that leaves you into a cenote of water!
After such energetic activities you’ll probably want nothing more than to relax back at your hotel or at the beach, and you won’t have to go far for your dinner, as a number of the hotels in the Riviera Maya are all inclusive and boast a number of restaurants.