Along the Yucatan Peninsula lies the historic town of Tulum, Mexico. Known for its unique archeological past and stunning waterfront views, it is the perfect honeymoon getaway for couples looking for the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. Check out our top 5 attractions to visit when exploring the Mayan Riviera!
For a trip back in time, be sure to visit Mexico’s Mayan Ruins. The Tulum ruins are the only Mayan ruins built by the sea, so bring your swimsuits and enjoy a day at the beach after touring this historic site. For another incredible sightseeing opportunity, travel 2.5 hours to Chichen Itza, best known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. You won’t want to miss this truly remarkable site that is sure to take your breath away.
Sian Ka’an Reserve
Covering more than 1 million acres of coastal jungle, Sian Ka’an is one of Mexico’s largest ecoparks. With plenty to see and do both above and below the water, there are activities for all couples to enjoy. Explore the park by boat or kayak and spot dolphins, sea turtles and occasional manatees. Get a closer look at the underwater wildlife by diving or snorkeling through the coral reef that runs along the length of the reserve.
When traveling to the Mayan Riviera, you simply cannot miss visiting the Gran Cenote. While Mexico has many cenotes, also known as natural freshwater pools, the Gran Cenote was considered by the Mayans to be sacred waters. These underwater caves and caverns make great places to swim, snorkel, or scuba dive amid stalagmites and stalactites.
If you’re looking to relax along the beach, Playa Paraiso is the perfect place to do so. “Paraiso” translates to “Paradise” and this is truly heaven on the shore. Just north of the Tulum ruins, the beach makes for a great way to unwind after a day of exploring. Take a dive into the water and you'll find plenty of opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. For a more relaxing experience, grab a drink and lounge on a hammock or lounge chair on the sand.
The Jungle Place
For a unique experience unlike any other, visit The Jungle Place, Tulum’s very own monkey sanctuary. This protected environment houses endangered Spider Monkeys and supports them with food, shelter, and access to medical care. The Jungle Place offers encounter tours where you can come face-to-face with these beautiful animals and dwell among them in their habitat.