The Mayan Riviera or Riviera Maya including Playa del Carmen,has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico. It is located south of Cancun and is a little more protected from weather. The island of Cozumel protects much of this coast.
The towns generally included in the Mayan Riviera are: Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Akumel, Kantenah, Aventuras, Tulum, Xpu Ha, Punta Bete, Punta Maroma, and Xcaret.
It used to be a quiet sparsely settled area, but now many fine hotels and destination resorts can be found along this coast. There are many condos available for rent too. It is still much more laid-back than Cancun.
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