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    At the heart of a district that’s become known as the ‘Mayan Riviera’, Playa Del Carmen offers a chic alternative to its larger cousin to the north, Cancun, in laying on pedestrian only, cobblestone streets that give a laid back, old-world vibe. Playa (as its known locally) is also home to some truly spectacular diving and a standard of beaches that will have visitors settling into a beach-hotel-beach routine.

    The offshore MesoAmerican reef, in fact, is the second largest reef system in the world, and while the delicate infrastructure must still be treated with care, the sheer extent of the sight means you can often find your own spot to dive over. The snorkeling is also impressive, and while snorkelers can join the scuba divers on an offshore trip, they might prefer to enjoy the seaside lagoons, which have a similarly impressive array of underwater life, without the depth required for serious diving.

    If you prefer a slightly more cultural experience, the town of Tulum – a half a hour trip from Playa itself – is the home of extensive Mayan ruins, ideally placed for photographers overlooking the sea. Another perfect day trip option is the island of Cozumel, often inundated with the passengers of passing cruise ships, but the perfect place to launch a snorkeling expedition or simply explore the tropical wilderness that seems to appear each time the cruise ships depart.

    Another must see sight is the cenotes, a set of alternative swimming destinations that consist of freshwater sinkholes, and are home to incredibly clear water and make for the kind of obscure holiday aside that make the whole trip worthwhile, with some the size of small lakes developed into natural ‘swimming pool’ destinations complete with changing rooms and restaurants, while others remain in their more natural state. The natural versions are – if anything – a more attractive, ‘wilderness’ option.

    At the end of the day, Playa Del Carmen is a resort, but it’s one with such impressive natural and historic asides that you can forgive the excesses of tourism, and still go home having had a taste of Mexico.

    Best time to travel to Playa Del Carmen is November till March.
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      • Xcaret Park
        7.42 Km from Playa del Carmen
        Xcaret Park (Spanish: el parque Xcaret) is a privately owned and operated theme park, resort and self-described ecotourism development located in the Riviera Maya, a portion of the Caribbean coastline of Mexico's state of Quintana Roo that has been designated as a zone for tourism development. It is part of Xcaret Experiencias Group which also owns Xplor Park and Xel-Ha Park. It is situated approximately 75 kilometres (47 mi) south of Cancún, and 6.5 kilometres (4 mi) south of the nearest large ...

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      • Riviera Maya
        Riviera Maya, also known as the Mayan Riviera, is a tourism district following the coastal Highway 307 which parallels the Caribbean coastline of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, located on the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. This district historically started at the city of Playa del Carmen and ended at the village of Tulum, although the towns of Puerto Morelos situated to the north and between Playa del Carmen and Cancun as well as the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto situated 40 kilometers (25 mi) to the south of Tulum are both currently being promoted as part of the Riviera Maya tourist corridor.

        The Riviera Maya is famous for its large scale all-inclusive resorts and a historical tourism base of smaller boutique hotels as well as the many fine-dining restaurants available along the highway 307 and on or near the beaches.

        A major attraction throughout the Riviera Maya are coastal and reef aquatic activities dependent on the coastal water and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Belize Barrier Reef) which begins near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Riviera Maya continuing southward to Guatemala. This barrier reef system is the second longest in the world.

        Activities at the most visited locations include Jet Skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming in cenotes, swimming with dolphins, zip-lining, horse riding, sailing, and guided jungle tours. Archaeology is also a big tourist draw in the area, including the popular archaeological sites operated by the Institute Nacional de Archaeological such as Tulum on the coast, and Chichen Itza and Coba located some distance inland. The self-named eco parks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha also include some smaller archaeological ruins as part of their attractions, but these natural water theme parks operated by private business consortia attract much larger crowds due to the diversity and range of activities provided, such as swimming with captive dolphins.

        Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
      • Cozumel
        An island off the coast of south eastern Mexico, Cozumel is a haven of clear blue water, palm trees, white sands, diving and a host of other things that add up to spell paradise. The island’s still one of Mexico’s essential tourist stop offs, despite being all-but flattened by a hurricane back in 2005, and is one of the world’s foremost destinations when it comes to anything underwater. From snorkeling to scuba diving, you’ll find some of the best under-sea views this side of the Great Barrier Reef.

        Scuba diving classes are ample and relatively affordable, with dozens of companies eager to take you out and throw you overboard, and, though the reef is not quite as good as it used to be due to the hurricane, it remains world class. It’s not all about scuba, of course, with swimming with dolphins, glass bottomed boat tours and deep-sea fishing offering alternative ways to enjoy the water that are well worth exploring.

        There’s only one town of any note on the island, San Miguel, and that’s the place to go if you’re shopping for souvenirs, looking to compare water sports prices, or just want an affordable place to stay. The local cuisine (think a seafood-heavy take on Mexican) and abundance of Tequila on offer here is a lot of fun, too.

        Most likely, though, you’ll prefer to spend time making the most of the natural scenery, which includes Chankanaab National Park (lagoons and Iguanas), and even some exceptional surfing off the less populated side of the island. Hunt hard, and you’ll find some small Mayan relics to explore, tucked away in the less fashionable corners of the island.

        Basically, though, Cozumel does exactly what it says on the tin: blends Mexican culture with a Caribbean climate and obsesses endless on all things water sport. Which is certainly not a bad thing, providing you’re ready to make the most of an underwater ethos that’s every bit as enticing as any other you’re likely to find around the Caribbean.
        Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
      • Puerto Morelos
        Puerto Morelos, unlike most of the Mayan Riviera, remains a sleepy little fishing village perfectly suited for lounging on the beach, grabbing a bite to eat in the dusty little village square or enjoying the excellent diving and fishing in the area.

        Lots of American ex-pats wander around and overall, Puerto Morelos feels a bit like going back in time. Situated right off the main highway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos remains an isolated get away spot that is well worth visiting.
        Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 22.9 91.4 73.2 36
      Feb 23.2 47.8 73.8 18.8
      Mar 24.5 56.3 76.1 22.2
      Apr 26.1 70.8 79 27.9
      May 26.9 186 80.4 73.2
      Jun 26.9 195.8 80.4 77.1
      Jul 27.1 114.6 80.8 45.1
      Aug 27.1 152.6 80.8 60.1
      Sep 26.7 234.5 80.1 92.3
      Oct 25.9 255.9 78.6 100.7
      Nov 24.1 118 75.4 46.5
      Dec 23.1 90.5 73.6 35.6

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