10 Oct 7 essential experiences on the Riviera Maya
The multitude of landscapes, seascapes, natural phenomena and culture offered to us by the Riviera May could be the deciding factor in choosing your next holiday destination. Dare to dream with these 7 essential experiences that can become reality if you choose the Riviera Maya and Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort for your next getaway:
Gastronomy Playa del Carmen
A wide variety of food options cater to all tastes and budgets, from street stands vending delicious snacks to Michelin-star restaurants of international renown. The whole range is available at Playa del Carmen, plus live entertainment. With the beach at your feet, this is a very upbeat atmosphere. Bottom line: you can’t go to the Mexican Caribbean without trying its authentic cuisine and chilies – whether spicy or mild, they’re all delicious.
Another uncommon adventure consists in diving down to visit Cancun’s Sub-aquatic Art Museum (MUSA). All you need is diving gear and the desire to discover over 470 statues on permanent display in an artificial reef installed in the waters of Manchones, located between Cancun and Isla Mujeres. In addition to these man-made figures, you can marvel at shoals of tropical fish, turtles, rays, etc. One interesting note is that the sculptures are based on real people from Puerto Morelos, from an expecting mother to a little boy, and even a nun.
Shopping on Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue is the liveliest street in Riviera Nayarit, full of little shops that sell all types of items: clothes, crafts, jewelry, art, souvenirs, etc. You will also find dozens of authentic restaurants and bars. Located near the shore, it has its own special charm as every cross street comes out on the beach where turquoise waters lap the white sand. Don’t forget your camera, because every corner is a picture postcard.
Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum
This museum tells the life story of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo using interactive displays that allow visitors to discover the real Frida. New technologies provide sensorial experiences with virtual reality screens, video projections and various multimedia installations. The museum is at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 8th Street in Playa del Carmen. A must.
A full-on plan, laced with adrenaline, adventure and excitement is snorkeling in the company of the largest fish in the world, the whale shark. One of the top places to experience this adventure is the island of Holbox. Whale sharks are completely harmless but very sociable. With luck, you will encounter them swimming with large shoals of manta rays or with their own young. Just amazing. Are you up for it?
At Riviera Maya’s eco-parks, fun is guaranteed
One of the things you really can’t miss on the Riviera Maya is spending the day at one of its parks, such as Xcaret. In this paradise, you can swim and dive in rivers and caves, spot birds, observe jaguars on the island of the same name, play with butterflies in the butterfly house, swim with rays and sharks and experience the true Mayan essence through its nature.
Spectacle of Nature
On the beach of Akumal or “Lugar de las tortugas” (Place of the Turtles) you can witness a remarkable phenomenon. Just a few yards off the coast, large numbers of green turtles congregate close to shore to feed off the seaweed that grows on the marine floor. Put your goggles on and swim out, but be advised: you must follow the safety rules posted on the beach. These include respecting the life of the turtles and thanking them for sharing their space with you.