The Riviera Maya stretches 81 gorgeous coastal miles from Puerto Morelos, 11 miles south of Cancun International Airport, to Tulum, the dazzling Mayan archaeological site by the sea. The region has been named a â€œTop Destination in Mexicoâ€ for the past four consecutive years by Travel Weekly; one of the hottest beach destinations by Orbitz in 2008; and was featured as â€œThe Next Rivieraâ€ in a Travel & Leisure story.
Its mix of ultimate resorts carved out of mangrove-lined lagoons, simple beach side bungalows and elegant boutique hotels, plus all-inclusive to top any in the Caribbean, caters to every type of traveler. Its remarkable gifts of nature draw beachcombers, divers, paddlers, trekkers and other ecotravelers to explore the regionâ€™s network of more than 100 cenotes fed by underground rivers, fishing villages, archaeological sites like Coba and Tulum, and Sian Kaâ€™an, Mexicoâ€™s first Biosphere Reserve with 1.5 million pristine acres.Â A rich calendar of cultural events uses the unique features of such a landscape.
Riviera Maya destinations include quiet seaside villages like Akumal and Puerto Aventura, and master-planned resorts like Mayakoba. Here five luxurious properties, designed around a series of waterways, include the 401-room Fairmont Mayakoba, which opened in 2006, and the 128-room Rosewood Mayakoba.