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Mayan Riviera Cruise Vacations - Exotic Luxury and Impressive Archaeology
Stretching roughly from Cancun to Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico
we find one of the most popular resort and vacation areas on the Caribbean.
Just off the coast of the Mayan Riviera is the island of Cozumel. This
island paradise is one port-of call for Mayan Riviera Cruise Vacations.
Cozumel has a huge number of cruise vacation shore excursions available.
From beautiful beach playgrounds, to an undersea and land National Park, to
golf excursions and fishing expeditions to historical and ecological tours,
Cozumel provides cruisers with options to please all.
Chankanaab National Park provides venues for snorkeling, Atlantis Submarine
adventures, interaction with dolphins, helmet dives around the coral reefs
and of course basking on the beach. Experience the wild bird sanctuary,
small botanical garden and archaeological park at Chankanaab. Cruise
visitors can enjoy a sea lion and tropical bird show here as well.
Of course, the crystal waters of this area make for excellent snorkeling. A
number of different options are available to cruise adventurers. For those
with dive certification, Scuba diving is available as well.
Partake in deep sea fishing on the nutrient-rich waters around Cozumel which
offer some of the best sport fishing in the Caribbean. Dorado, tuna, sierra,
wahoo and barracuda are all common to these waters.
Cozumel is sometimes regarded as the 'St. Thomas of the Western Caribbean'
and has become one of the world's best duty-free shopping ports. Offerings
include unbelievable pricing on diamonds and gems, jewelry, watches, gold
and sterling silver as well as Mexican handicrafts. Designer watches and
jewelry from your favorites are available as well.
The main access point for the mainland Mayan Riviera from Cozumel is Playa
Del Carmen. As short water taxi or ferry ride brings you to this exotic
resort area. While in Playa De Carmen, one can enjoy horseback riding along
the beach and even into the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
A short dive south from Playa Del Carmen brings visitors to the ancient city
of Tulum. This 12th century fortress city was once home to the mighty Mayan
Empire. As far back as 600 A.D., the area was occupied with around 1200 A.D.
having the most dense population. The ruins of Tulum are one of the most
significant archaeological finds in the Yucatan peninsula and are a must see
for any adventurer. The pyramid shaped El Castillo sitting on top of a 40
foot cliff and the Temple of the Descending God overlook the blue waters of
the Caribbean and offer an insight into the the technology and architecture
of the Mayan civilization.
Nearby cruise visitors will find Xel-Ha. The lagoon area is famous for its
clear water and tropical marine life. One can relax and soak up the
ambience, swim and of course snorkel.
One of the world's most fascinating Eco-Parks is the X-Caret
Eco-Archaeological Park. Located about a half hour south of Playa Del
Carmen, cruise guests can enjoy water activities, strolling the facility
and/or relax on the beach. One can snorkel the underground rivers and swim
in the blue lagoons. Botanical Gardens, orchid house, mushroom farm,
Free-flight aviary and butterfly pavilion provide ample to see as one
strolls through the park.
South of the Mayan Riviera we find the cruise port of Costa Maya. This area
is well known for its jungles, beaches and lagoons. Mayan ruins are part of
the landscape here as well. With so much to do here as well, Costa Maya is a
perfect port-of-call to take pleasure in during your Mayan Riviera cruise.
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