The bourgeoning international of Cancun, Playa de Carmen, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel overshadow the eastern coast of the Yucatan and the Sate of Quintana Roo. Resorts: you love them, hate them or simply enjoy the beautiful beaches, package tours and reliable restaurants. Diving in the area is popular, either of the coast of Isla Mujeres or Cozumel or in the underwater caves or cenotes found in the region. The Mayan ruins of Tulum are gloriously located and the quieter spot of Coba is worth a trip, as is the wilderness reserve of Sian Ka’an.
The 25-km long hotel zone, along the coast, is an ultra modern American-style boulevard, with 5 star hotels, high- tech nightclubs, high-class shopping malls and branches of Mc Donald’s and Burger Kings. It could have been viewed as mans domination of nature, overruling the inaccessible strip of barren land with beautiful beaches. Until Friday 21 of October 2005 when hurricane Wilma bulldozed its way through the hotel zone of Cancun. Thousands of tourists and local residents took shelter as winds up to 175 mph pounded the cast for three days.
Love or hate the Mayan Riviera, its presence on the international tourism market is indisputable. It’s worth a trip just to see what it’s like.
Akumal, turtle sanctuary, make a donation or adopt a turtle! http://www.ceakumal.org/
The Green Wave Project, http://quintanaroo.com.mx/
Playa del Carmen, http://www.playadelcarmen.com.mx/
Isla Mujeres, http://www.isla-mujeres.com.mx/