Stretching along the Caribbean coastline from Cancun to Tulum the Yucatan, or Mayan Riviera as it has now become known, is one of the most fascinating holiday destinations in the world, featuring famous tropical beaches, abundant wildlife, mangrove bordered lagoons and extraordinary ancient ruins. It really is an accessible exotic paradise, best enjoyed from a self catering villa in Yucatan. In the last forty years, the Yucatan has developed from a region of jungle, sea, ancient ruins, glorious beaches and not a lot else to a modern, sophisticated and varied region dubbed the Mayan Riviera.
The coastline of the Yucatan, Mexico is idyllic. Almost 100 miles of fine, white sandy beaches are interrupted only by rock outcrops, and taking a Yucatan holiday rental along the coastline will place you in the perfect spot to try diving on the Great Mayan Reef or enjoy the excellent deep sea fishing available in the warm waters of the Pacific, which harbour huge marlin, sharks and a range of trophy fish.
The region is rich with ecological parks and nature reserves, hiding an abundance of rare wildlife and landscapes as foreign to most British tourists as that of the face of the moon. The parks of XCaret, Xel-Ha and Aktun Chen offer the chance to snorkel in underground rivers teeming with tropical fish, swim with dolphins, swing over centos (water filled sinkholes exclusive to the area), go caving or walk through virgin jungle.
Walking tours to some of the most famous ancient ruins in the world like Chichen Itza are hugely rewarding experiences, meaning you can return to your Yucatan holiday rental or self catering villa on the Mayan Riviera with a sense of achievement and renewed vigour.
Akumal is the secret gateway to the ‘tropical therapy’ areas of the Yucatan, Mexico. It is a precious environmental region where turtles thrive, and diving draws tourists to use Yucatan holiday rental villas. The area is hard to describe, and really must be seen to be believed, but the white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and swaying palms let you know that you have arrived in paradise!
Puerto Aventuras is a luxury marina complex with excellent access to the unspoilt regions of the Mayan Riviera, but with some serious creature comforts. A self catering villa in Mayan Riviera has access to a 9 hole golf course, scuba diving, beaches, tennis courts and superb restaurants.
The temperatures year round only fluctuate by around 5°C, with annual averages of around 25.5°C, which means that the beaches and jungles of the Mayan Riviera are always perfect for a family holiday.
Flights to the Mayan Riviera became slightly tougher when British Airways cancelled its direct flight from Gatwick to Cancun, but flights to the US cities like New York and Miami connect with American Airlines flights to Cancun cheaply. Return flights via the USA can be bought for around £550.