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Selling the Mexican Caribbean in 2019

Selling the Mexican Caribbean in 2019

Selling the Mexican Caribbean in 2019

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Great Adventures

Great Adventures

Tulum

Always Something On

From the most pristine natural wonders to the most sophisticated entertainment, clients are sure to find amusements of all sorts to suit their taste throughout the Mexican Caribbean. Daytime activities center around the spectacular beaches and water activities, as well as awe-inspiring Mayan ruins, theme parks, eco-adventures and more, while nighttime brings romantic cruises, a range of dining options and entertainment that ranges from shows highlighting Mexican culture to Mexico’s first resident Cirque du Soleil show, JOYÀ, a unique theatrical culinary experience at Vidanta Riviera Maya. Year-round special events play into all kinds of interests, such as Cozumel’s fun-filled Carnaval in February, Cancun’s Laser Sailing Festival in the spring, fall’s Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, and several food and wine festivals throughout the year.

Magnificent Mundo Maya

Coba
Kohunlich

From small Mayan ruins right in Cancun’s hotel zone to massive archeological discoveries throughout the Riviera Maya, the Mayans have left remnants of their advanced civilization that continue to amaze and delight visitors. For those with limited time, the El Rey ruins, the Cancun Mayan Museum and the San Miguelito ruins are all in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, just a short walk from the major resorts and an easy introduction to the wonders of the Mayan world.

 

Tulum, on the Riviera Maya, is home of some of the most iconic Mayan ruins in Mexico, with a castle perched upon a cliff and refreshing beach below. Tulum is often paired with Coba for a daytrip, where  the Nohoch Mul pyramid is the tallest on the Yucatan Peninsula, and between the two, the Grand Cenote is a perfect opportunity for visitors to cool off in its clear waters. 

 

A handful of other sites are found throughout the region, such as San Gervasio on Cozumel, and Xel-Ha, opposite the Xel-Ha eco-park in Riviera Maya, with small temples and two cenotes. Near Bacalar, two large but lesser known sites allow visitors to put their explorer hats on: Kohunlich, with 21 acres of largely unexcavated buildings and the fascinating Temple of the Masks, and Dzibanche, with several temples that can be explored.

Coba
Kohunlich
Cancun Underwater Museum

Water Playground

Cancun Underwater Museum

Home to some of the world’s finest beaches and the second largest reef in the world, the Mexican Caribbean is a water playground, with numerous activities under, on and in the sea. Snorkeling and scuba diving reveal colorful masses of fish along with vivid corals. For an out-of-this-world underwater experience, MUSA, the Underwater Museum of Art, features more than 500 life-size sculptures that visitors can explore snorkeling, scuba diving or from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat.

 

Other boating options throughout the region are also plentiful, from kayaks and catamarans to full-scale party boats and romantic dinner cruises. Most resorts also feature water sports centers, making it easy and convenient to rent wave runners, soar across the water in jet skis, go parasailing and more. There are even companies specializing in cross-over water sports, like jetsurfing, a motorized surfboard, and jetpacks, combining the thrills of skydiving, jet skiing, parasailing and scuba diving into one adventure.

Back to Nature

Akumal
Sian Ka'an Biosphere

Whether clients choose to base in the sophisticated resort areas of Cancun and Riviera Maya or go farther afield, they are never far from the beach, jungle and other diverse eco-systems that make up the Mexican Caribbean. Wildlife lovers can get up close with any number of fascinating species, such as snorkeling among the teeming schools of fish that call Cozumel’s barrier reef home, swimming with and helping to conserve the turtles of Akumal,  first-hand encounters with dolphins, swimming with the whale sharks off the coast of Holbox, the chance to meet sea lions and manatees in the waters off Isla Mujeres and other wildlife encounters.

 

Visitors can also expect to see dolphins, turtles, crocodiles and more at Sian Ka’an Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Tulum. Mayan for “Where the Sky Is Born,” the 1.3-million acre expanse encompasses tropical forests, wetlands, jungles and more, and is the largest coastal protected area in all of Mexico. Contoy Island is another protected area, a national park north of Isla Mujeres where the only inhabitants are 150-plus bird species and visitor numbers are limited to preserve the fragile eco-system.

Akumal
Sian Ka'an Biosphere
Xcaret
Amikoo

Theme Scene

Xcaret
Amikoo

Natural wonders and thrilling theme parks go hand-in-hand throughout the region, where Experiencias Xcaret continues to use its winning formula to create new options for thrill-seekers of all kinds. With the addition of the $10-million Xavage, which challenges visitors to explore their wild side with land, air and water adventures, the company now features six area theme parks: the iconic Xcaret, with underground rivers, Mayan ruins and a Mexican spectacular; the water paradise of Xel-Ha featuring cenotes, lagoons, caves and aquatic zip lines; the traditions, culture and folklore of Mexico at Xoximilco; the unique half-day exploration of the senses at Xenses; and the amphibious vehicles, zip lines and paddleboarding of the adventure-themed Xplor.  

 

Some new theme parks are also making their mark, including Parque Maya Cancun, which just opened in 2018 as the first natural park right in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, featuring “culture through adventure” with ziplines, a ropes course, boat rides through mangroves and more. And Amikoo  is on track to become the largest park in Latin America when it debuts in 2020 between Cancun and Playa del Carmen with state-of-the-art rides, a 1,200-room hotel and other attractions celebrating Mayan life and culture.

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