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The Mayan Riviera

The Mayan Riviera is famous for its resorts, it's beaches and the numerous historical tourism attractions. Activities at the most popular locations are; Jet Skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, horse riding and guided tours. The main cities in the Mayan Riviera are Playa Del Carmen and Tulum and the nearby Cancun. You can find more information on these places below.

Mayan Pyramids

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is named for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, who is the patron saint of Cancún. The first recorded visitors to the beaches of what is now Playa del Carmen came during the Early Classic Period (a.d. 300-600) of the Mayan civilization. Then called Xaman-Ha, or "waters of the north," Playa del Carmen was a rest stop of sorts for travelers making their way from the great cities of the Mayan world to the island of Cozumel.



The Maya site may have been formerly also known by the name Zama, meaning city of Dawn. TulĂșm is also the Yucatec Mayan word for fence or wall (or trench), and the walls surrounding the site allowed the Tulum fort to serve as a defense against invasion. From the numerous depictions in murals and other works around the site, Tulum appears to have been an important site for the worship of the Diving or Descending God.



Cancún (pronounced as IPA: [kan'kun]) is a coastal city in Mexico's easternmost state, Quintana Roo, on the Yucatán Peninsula. Cancun is located on the Yucatan Channel that separates Mexico from the island of Cuba in the Greater Antilles. The Cancun region is sometimes known as the Mexican Caribbean.


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Mayan Riviera and Emerald Coast Map