Stretching 480 km. to the south of Cancun, along the Yucatan's eastern shore, sits the Riviera Maya region. This scenic and unspoiled coastal zone is emerging as one of Mexico's newest resort playgrounds.
Several new all-inclusive properties have opened, while still leaving plenty of off-the-beaten-path exploring to do. Dozens of remote coves and deserted stretches of jungle-lined white sand beach are easy to reach. The region's main allure is its stunning Caribbean beauty along with cultural and adventure attractions.
The main building boom is at Playa Del Carmen and its neighbor Playacar. This Caribbean outpost has become the resort hub of this region. The Mayan archeological sites, villages and resorts are now an attractive alternative for vacationers wanting the Mexican Caribbean but not the crowds.