Yucatan peninsula, located in Central America, and separated from the Caribbean by the Gulf of Mexico, is one of the most popular destinations. Its tropical climate, breathtaking landscapes and pristine beaches attract millions of tourists annually. The authentic atmosphere of Mexico, traditional cuisine, tequila and exotic nature make it a great beach destination. And though you may want to spend your holidays sunbathing on a huge sun bed and sipping on frozen margaritas, there are numerous things to do and see around the Riviera Maya. Here is our list of the top 5!

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Marvel at the pyramids in Chichen Itza

Maya, the first inhabitants of the Yucatan Peninsula, were a mysterious ancient tribe, with numerous traditions, an interesting lifestyle that they documented and who built stone cities and pyramids that we can still visit today. There are many eerie legends connected with the most famous archaeological site, Chichen Itza, that you absolutely must visit.

Party in Playa del Carmen

While the Mayan calendar is considered to be very accurate, their predictions have not been completely and correctly unravelled – the world did not come to an end on 12/21/2012, but it did give birth to yet another music festival that takes place in Playa del Carmen – Day Zero Festival. This place is a relatively young resort area, but it attracts young people from all over the world to party at one of the notorious beach clubs, dance on the sand to the beats of some of the best techno DJ’s in the world and meet the dawn with a bottle of Corona in one hand and the hand of your partner in the other.

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Relax in Tulum

After a crazy weekend at Playa del Carmen, the next best thing is to relax in the pristine beaches of Tulum, located about an hour away. The stunning sandy beaches, tropical palm trees and complete privacy can energise and rejuvenate your tired body and soul. Stay in one of the boutique hotels and wake up to take a long stroll on the beach with the first rays of light.

Stay in a 5* hotel in Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya is known for some of the best All Inclusive exclusive and luxurious hotels, such as the Banyan Tree, Rosewood and the Fairmont in Mayakoba, the Grand Sunset Princess All Suites Resort & Spa, the Viceroy and the Grand Velas hotels. A stay there, enhanced by pure luxury, rich interiors, impeccable service and state of the art infrastructure, will be an unforgettable experience that you will reminisce about on cold winter evenings.

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Swim in a cenote

Cenote is a natural phenomenon – it is a well, lake or even a cave with fresh water, that is enhanced by underground rivers. Right now there are more than 6,000 cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, and many of them can be visited by tourists. Thousands of years ago Mayans used some cenotes not only as sources of fresh water, but also as places for rituals and sacrifices, as they believed that cenotes were the passages into a dark world. Diving in a cenote can be a thrilling, and exciting adventure that you absolutely must experience when in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Though Mexican Riviera is a great destination for a beach vacation, you can also explore archaeological and historical landmarks, such as the ancient pyramids, you can live life to the fullest and dance the night away at a beach party at Playa del Carmen, or unite with nature and find you Zen in Tulum, or simply take a leap of faith and dive into the mysterious cenote!