Stretching from Cancun in the north to Tulum in the south, visitors will discover a magnificent coastline peppered with tropical beaches, snorkelling and diving havens, archeaological sites and lush jungle. Known as the Riviera Maya, a vast range of small boutique properties as well as luxurious resorts can be found on this south coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Playa del Carmen
South of Cancun, you arrive to Playa del Carmen; a former fishing village boasting stunning white beaches and clear blue waters. Playa, as it is called by locals, has rapidly grown yet has managed to somewhat preserve its small-town charm more than Cancun. For those seeking a great selection of local restaurants and shopping, Playa is a great option.
South of Playa del Carmen, you arrive to Tulum, best known for its stunning stretch of powder white sand beach and its jade green waters. The well-preserved ruins of Tulum, date back to the 12th-century and the site commands a spectacular position on the clifftop overlooking the ocean. A much more laid back vibe compared to neighbouring resorts; Tulum provides in ultimate beach-escape. With many charming properties to choose from for all budgets, ask your Rainbow Tours destination expert for recommendations.
Whilst on the Riviera Maya; don't miss out of a visit to one of the Yucatan's famous cenotes (sinkholes). All part of the vast network of underground rivers that connect over 30,000 of these enticing natural wonders within the peninsula, these hidden subterranean natural sinkholes are undenyably beautiful swimming spots. Sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrifical offerings; they were often thought to be a connection to the Mayan underworld.
Just north of the Yucantan Peninsula, in the Gulf of Mexico, is the laid-back island of Holbox. Long and slender, surrounded by crystal-clear Caribbean seas and sandy streets, Holbox is the ultimate destination for relaxation. Within the Yum Balam reserve; Holbox is home to more than 150 species of birds and in the summer months, whale sharks are known to congregate in the nearby waters.
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