The Grand Sunset Princess is very near Cancun and Tulum, among other wonderful destinations that can be visited very easily. Historical and natural wonders only a few kilometers away. Whether you like adventure, archeology or nature, there is always plenty to choose from. Halfway between Cancun and Tulum, there is so much more to discover.
If you want to simply stroll around, the heart of Playa del Carmen beats around its 5th Avenue, which runs along by the sea and is mainly for pedestrians, making it the perfect place for shopping and discovering the local flavor. Restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops where you find perfect gifts of local handicrafts or that snorkeling gear you need. A meeting place for visitors and locals alike, 5th Avenue is a place full of life.
Once we have our snorkeling gear, we can take a trip to Cozumel Island, a charming place just an hour from Playa del Carmen. Cozumel Island is home to a beautiful coral reef which is great for snorkeling or scuba diving.
It is not far from a place full of magic and history: Xcaret is a port that dates back to the Mayan period and which is home today to magnificent natural biodiversity. In Xcaret you can see countless birds, big cats such as jaguars and pumas, bat caves, or the mythical sea turtles. Xcaret also has an aquarium where you can see all the local fish species as well as all of the different marine ecosystems in the world. You can also swim with dolphins, take a dip in a cenote, view the subterranean rivers, lagoons and beaches in an unrivalled environment.
Xel-Há means "the place where water is born". It is a place with a magnetism that can only be found in the Riviera Maya. Its unique landscape creates a space in which the freshwater springs and underground rivers meet the sea, creating an ecosystem as beautiful as it is original, sheltered by a vibrant forest, with whimsically-shaped caves and cenotes, mottled by well-preserved archaeological remains, such as the walls and altars at YumChac. At Xel-Ha there is also a wide range of sport and leisure activities, a place where you can enjoy your hobby, whatever it happens to be. You can even do it all in one day, surrounded by the freshness of the water and the living sounds of nature.
If Xel-Ha is "the place where water is born", Sian Ka'an is "the gift of heaven", a must-see eco-park covering more than 120 kilometers of coral reef and the municipalities of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Cozumel, and Solidaridad. A vast expanse of wetlands, underground rivers, jungles, mangroves, and lagoons that shelter the exuberant life and of nature of the Riviera Maya. Beaches of spectacular turquoise blue and pristine nature bordered by the Mayan remains of Tulum and Cobá.
Cobá means "waters stirred by the wind" and dates from 600-900, corresponding to the classical period in Mayan culture. Cobá was once a major 100 kilometer-squared town, inhabited for hundreds of years and rivalling Chichen Itza for a long time. To this day there are still 6 square kilometers of important archaeological remains of low houses on limestone platforms, pyramids such as NohuchMul or "big hill", which is the highest in the peninsula, standing at 42 meters in height. The Mayan pyramid known as "La Iglesia" (The Church) also stands out, offering fabulous views of the Macanxoc lagoon.
On the cliffs over the coast of Quintana Roo, stands the imposing fortress of Tulum and a magnificent view of the Caribbean in all its splendor. Dating from the post-classic period (1000-1500), the fortress of Tulum was the epicenter of all of Mexico's commercial activities. The state of conservation is excellent and has made Tulum famous all over the world. More than 60 buildings such as “El Castillo” (The Castle), the “Templo del Dios Descendente” (Temple of the Descending God) and the “Templo de los Frescos” (Frescoes Temple) stand out in a historic wonder of the world that floats above the waters of the Caribbean.
In short: In Riviera Maya there is culture, nature, adventure, relaxation, fun, and peace.