About Riviera Maya

 

BRIEF HISTORY:

The region known as the Riviera Maya was an important commercial and religious center for the ancient Mayans during the Post-Classic Period (1000-1550 A.D.). Tulum, a Mayan fortress set on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, is the most impressive site from this era, but there were other important towns such as Xaman-Ha (today called Playa del Carmen), Xcaret (known by the Mayans as the port of Pole) and Xel-Ha, which was the first European settlement in the peninsula. Further inland is Coba, a city that had 50,000 inhabitants during the Classic Period (300-1000 A.D.).

The Riviera Maya was still a busy trade route when the Spaniards arrived in the 16th century. During the next three hundred years, under Spanish colonial rule, the lack of adequate roads deterred any significant demographic growth in this region. In 1902, Quintana Roo became a territory and was declared a state in 1974.

LOCATION:

The 75-mile stretch, known as the Riviera Maya is situated along the coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The Riviera Maya begins 18 miles south of Cancun International Airport in Playa del Secreto and ends at Punta Allen, a fishing village located on a small peninsula within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. The largest towns are Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal and Tulum.

POPULATION/LANGUAGE:

The official language of Riviera Maya’s 70,000 residents is Spanish. The local language, Mayan, and English are also spoken.

CLIMATE:

The average annual temperature of the Riviera Maya ranges from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius (77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit).

ENVIRONMENT:

The Riviera Maya has demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting and preserving the environment. This dedication to conserve and respect the natural surroundings has helped maintain the incredible beauty of the area.

AIRPORT:

Cancun International Airport is located 18 miles north of the Riviera Maya.

CAR RENTALS:

Cars, jeeps and vans are available from a number of local and international car rental agencies.

VISITOR REQUIREMENTS:

U.S. and Canadian citizens must prove citizenship with a valid passport or original birth certificate accompanied by a photo I.D. issued by a government office, and a return ticket. Lebanese citizens need a visa. See visa section.

TIME:

Central Standard Time

ELECTRIC CURRENT:

110 volts, 60 cycles, the same as in the U.S. & Canada. NOT LIKE LEBANON!

TOURIST OFFICE:

Calle 28 s/n Lote 1 Mza 4

Colonia Ejidal entra carr. Fdral y Ave 50 Nte

Local #201 – 204

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

C.P. 77710 Mexico

Phone: (011) 52-984-87-31260

Phone/Fax: (011) 52-984-87-30003

Toll-Free in the U.S. 1-888-604-6044