What is Cancun and What is the Riviera Maya ? Cancun is a large city located at the northeast tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. It was the very first tourism specific destination built in the early 70’s. The Riviera Maya is a region to the south of Cancun that starts at Puerto Morelos and ends at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.
The Riviera Maya (Spanish pronunciation: [ri’βjeɾa ‘maʝa]) is a tourism and resort district south of Cancun, Mexico . It straddles the coastal Federal Highway 307, along the Caribbean coastline of the state of Quintana Roo, located in the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula.
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In August of 2018, the US State Department issued an update to its Mexico travel advisory, urging tourists to exercise increased caution when visiting the country. Although we previously mentioned an assassination in Tulum, this area is considered fairly safe and is a great tourist hotspot due to the Mayan Ruins.
If you are coming on vacation you may worry about getting sick from ice in your drink or drinking water in Mexico . So anything sold, with ice or made from water is going to be from purified drinking water. So at ANY restaurant you are going to be served drinkable water with ice made from purified water.
3. Re: Is Riviera Maya a safe destination? No where is perfectly safe but the Mayan Riviera is one of the safest areas of Mexico. Traffic is getting worse (and thus more accidents) and both Cancun and Playa del Carmen have recently had some incidents of gang/cartel violence.
Well, it is a tough decision. However, I prefer the more quiet and relaxed environment of the Riviera Maya than I do Cancun . Cancun can be hectic, more people, more traffic, & more of a “city” feel. But at the same time, it has all the conveniences of a city, such as, restaurants, bars, & shopping.
Playa Del Carmen is in the Rivera Maya . It is sorta in the center of it and is south of Cancun. Riviera Maya is an area that runs roughly from Cancun to the north of the Yucatan Penninsula through Tulum (a city known for it’s Mayan Ruins as well as vacation resorts) and Punta Allen, to the south.
Average monthly rainfall is less than 2 inches per month, with the exception of May through October, when rainfall averages range from four to six inches monthly. You should also know that it is very humid, which makes it feel even hotter outside than it is.
If you go to Cancun for vacation you will mainly stay at a large all inclusive resort. You will spend most of your vacation there. In Playa Del Carmen you have more options for staying. Playa opens more opportunity for exploration and doing more things than just staying at a resort.
If there is salt water (and fresh water with an outlet to the ocean), there is probably some type of sharks in the area any place in the world where you might swim. However, the Riviera Maya area is one of the safest places in the world when it comes to having to worry about shark bites.
Hard Rock Riviera Maya probably has better grown-up nightlife (with the many bars and adult-only Heaven section). But if you’re looking for under-21 entertainment, you’ll be happy with the Hard Rock Cancun . Family Activities Winner: Hard Rock Cancun for the amphitheater, safe beach and basketball and tennis courts.
The 12 Most Dangerous Cities in Mexico to Avoid at All Costs Mazatlan . The State Department has warned citizens about traveling to this region. Reynosa. Many people travel through Reynosa, Mexico, to get to the U.S. | John Moore/ Getty Images. Tepic . The U.S. government doesn’t want its citizens to visit Tepic . Ciudad Obregón. Chihuahua. Ciudad Juarez. Culiacán. Ciudad Victoria.
When to Visit the Riviera Maya The dry season begins in late November and ends in February, making this season the best time to visit the Riviera Maya. Avoid Riviera Maya travel from March through May , however – the heat and humidity are oppressive.
In general, there have been no incidents near the tourist area.” The most recent shootings also occurred in clubs well outside the tourist zone which rarely see foreign visitors. Due to Cancun’s limited access – one entrance, one exit – along with heavy security throughout, Cancun is incredibly safe .