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The RIVIERA MAYA (Spanish pronunciation: ) is a tourism and resort district in Mexico
Mexico
. It straddles the coastal Highway 307 , along the Caribbean coastline of the state of Quintana Roo
Quintana Roo
, located in the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula
Yucatán Peninsula
. Historically, this district started at the city of Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen
and ended at the village of Tulum
Tulum
, although the towns of Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos
, situated to the north of Playa del Carmen, as well as the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto , situated 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the south of Tulum, are both currently being promoted as part of the Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya
tourist corridor.

The Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya
was originally called the "CANCUN–TULUM CORRIDOR", but in 1999, it was renamed as the Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya
with the aid of Lic. Miguel Ramón Martín Azueta. At the time, he was the municipal president of Solidaridad, Quintana Roo
Quintana Roo
. The municipality of Solidaridad includes the whole of the official Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya
from Playa del Carmen in the north, to Tulum
Tulum
in the south, and extends approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) inland, to the border with the state of Yucatán
Yucatán
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Tourism
Tourism
* 2 Climate * 3 Geography * 4 Transportation * 5 See also * 6 References

TOURISM

The Riviera Maya
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. Luxury travel entities have been instrumental in increasing luxury villa rentals and yacht charters in the area however these only represent a small fraction of the total tourism accommodation available.

Government development plans include establishing a number of medium-sized cities of ~200,000 inhabitants within the Riviera Maya with initial planning spanning 20 years. Target areas for urbanization include the towns and villages of: Puerto Morelos, the Riviera Maya), Puerto Aventuras , Akumal , Chemuyil, and Tulum
Tulum
.

A major attraction throughout the Riviera Maya
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
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. Archeology
Archeology
is also a big tourist draw in the area, including the popular archeological sites operated by the Instituto Nacional de Archeological such as Tulum
Tulum
on the coast, and Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza
and Coba located some distance inland. The self-named ecoparks of Xcaret
Xcaret
and Xel-Ha also include some smaller archeological 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.

CLIMATE

The mean annual temperature is 24–25 °C (75–77 °F). The climate is dominated by a rainy season from May through November, and within the dry season there is a period dominated by northerly winds, called El Norte, which usually occurs in the months of January and February. The maximum mean annual precipitation throughout the Yucatán Peninsula occurs along the coast of the Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya
with 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) of rainfall with a general decline to the NW with only 400 millimetres (1.3 ft) per year or less on the opposite side of the Peninsula. While the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán
Yucatán
experiences a large number of tropical storms and hurricanes , the storm tracks and therefore landfalls of these are divergent to both the north (Cancun) and the south (south of Tulum
Tulum
and down to Belize
Belize
) striking generally outside the Riviera Maya. Groundwater and therefore cenote water temperatures are 25 °C (77 °F) year round. Coastal waters range from 26 °C (79 °F) in January to 29 °C (84 °F) in August.

GEOGRAPHY

Punta Maroma
Punta Maroma
, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Mexico

The Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya
is completely within the state of Quintana Roo
Quintana Roo
on the Yucatán Peninsula
Yucatán Peninsula
of Mexico. The terrain is flat and covered by low tropical jungle. The geology is high purity carbonates down to a depth of 0.5 - 1.5 km below the surface. Mean annual rainfall is 1.5 m per year and the efficient infiltration results in the complete absence of any surface rivers. As is common in karst , underground river networks have formed by dissolution, and these have been explored and mapped by cave diving through sinkhole collapses locally called cenotes . The whole of the Yucatán Peninsula
Yucatán Peninsula
is underlain by a density stratified coastal aquifer system with a lens shaped fresh water body floating on top of intruding saline water. The formation of caves (speleogenesis ) within this coastal carbonate aquifer is principally associated with carbonate dissolution at the fresh-saline water contact within the aquifer. By 2008, the Quintana Roo Speleological Society (QRSS) reported more than 700 kilometres (430 mi) of flooded cave passages within the limits of the Riviera Maya including the two longest underwater cave systems in the world of Sac Actun and Ox Bel Ha . These groundwater resources, accessed via the thousands of cenotes throughout the landscape, once supported the Maya civilizations and today remain the only natural sources of potable water in the area.

The Caribbean coastline is a series of crescent shaped white sand beaches interrupted every 1 – 10 km by rocky headlands and inlets, called caletas, through which groundwater discharges into the coastal water. Large sections of the extensive mangrove swamps that lie behind the beaches and headlands are included in the areas scheduled for tourism development.

TRANSPORTATION

Most tourists to the Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya
arrive through Cancún International Airport , approximately 50 km (31 mi) north of Playa del Carmen.

About 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Tulum, a new international airport was announced. In March 2011, the bidding for construction contracts was to be concluded.

As of April 2014, all projects related with the Tulum
Tulum
Airport are no longer available through official sites. The high speed trans-peninsula train is now the main project for the area.

SEE ALSO

* Mexican Riviera

REFERENCES

* ^ Gollan, Doug (10 October 2015). "Riviera Maya\'s Tourism
Tourism
Growth Focuses On Luxury, Sustainability While Seeking To Improve Local Life". Forbes
Forbes
. Retrieved 16 June 2017. * ^ Parker, Matt. "Mayan Ruins of Mexico". USA Today. Retrieved 15 May 2017. * ^ "Picking a Park on the Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya
Xcaret
Xcaret
or Xel-Ha?". Travel Addicts. Retrieved 3 December 2016. * ^ "Avanza Tulum
Tulum
Hacia su Transformación: González Canto" (in Spanish). 18 September 2009. Archived from the original on 2 December 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2017. * ^ Cabrera, Eduardo (12 May 2012). "Pone en marcha SCT proyecto de tren transpeninsular en Quintana Roo" (in Spanish). Imagen Radio . Retrieved 16 June 2017.

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* v * t * e

State of Quintana Roo
Quintana Roo

Chetumal
Chetumal
(capital)

MUNICIPALITIES (SEATS)

* Bacalar
Bacalar
( Bacalar
Bacalar
) * Benito Juárez ( Cancún
Cancún
) * Cozumel
Cozumel
(San Miguel de Cozumel
Cozumel
) * Felipe Carrillo Puerto (Felipe Carrillo Puerto ) * Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres
( Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres
) * José María Morelos (José María Morelos ) * Lázaro Cárdenas ( Kantunilkín
Kantunilkín
) * Othón P. Blanco ( Chetumal
Chetumal
) * Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos
( Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos
) * Solidaridad ( Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen
) * Tulum
Tulum
( Tulum
Tulum
)

PLACES OF INTEREST

* Akumal * Arrecifes de Cozumel
Cozumel
National Park * Banco Chinchorro *