The most Americanized of all the Riviera Maya’s resorts is a 900-acre gated community and golf course more reminiscent of coastal Florida than Mexico. In Puerto Aventuras you can find a large English-speaking community and an array of American food.
Fatima Bay is particularly glorious. But of all the things to do in Puerto Aventuras, the main marina is the most exciting. It is closed off to boat traffic, instead acting as a home to dolphins and sea lions, which are fun to watch from the waterside restaurants and benches.
However, this community serves as a strikingly convenient point of contact from where you can discover a slew of ancient Mayan ruins scattered among the Riviera Maya.
Chichen Itza is, arguably, the most renowned of them all. The fusion of Mayan History and construction techniques with new elements from central Mexico, make Chichen Itza one of the most important examples of the Mayan-Toltec civilization in the Yucatan. Several buildings have survived, such as the Warriors’ Temple, El Castillo and the circular observatory known as El Caracol.
Coba offers a more intimate archaeological experience. The site is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, and it contains many engraved and sculpted stelae that document ceremonial life and important events of Mesoamerican civilization.
A Tulum ruins tour, on the other hand, should be at the top of your list. The compound was constructed late in the thirteenth century, during what is known as the Mayan post-classic period. It acted as a seaport, trading mainly in turquoise and jade. A trip today will most likely feature a thorough tour of the ruins, followed by snorkeling in a nearby reef where you can swim with turtles and watch stingrays speed by.