The Riviera Maya, also known to some as the ' Mayan Riviera' is a 147 kilometer coastline that runs from Puerto Morelos to Tulum in the province of Quintana Roo on edge of the Mexican Caribbean. This area is Mexico's most eastern state in the country and became famous in the 1970's when Cancun became a popular vacation destination. The Riviera Maya is part of the Mexican Caribbean which describes the entire Caribbean coast of Mexico from Cancun down to Quintana Roo's capital city of Chetumal, and the southern border with Belize, Central America. The island of Cozumel, Mexico's largest island, which is also part of the Mayan Riviera.
The area was first inhabited and settled by the Mayan Culture and was invaded by the Spanish in the early 1500's where history was destroyed by the invasion. The mayans continued to settle in the area, after the Spanairds left to other areas of Mexico, and have contributed to the rich cultural history that is so prominent in the area. Mayans Ruins, artists, spiritual leaders and small villages are within the area, and mix with the new found development of local cities, tourist attractions and discovery of the jungles riches.
Though a young area to tourists, travellers, historians and aerchologists have been visting the area for decades in hopes to understand the Mayan culture, its spiritual practices and the secrets this community holds so close to its heart. The diversity of the area is becoming famous, as it provides vacationers, travellers and residents a very interesting and educational stay when they choose to graviate to the area. All cities ont he coast are fishing villages, each with their own flavor and flare. When travelling to this area of Mexico, it is favored to find one city as your vaction destination and then make day trips to each area to find the magic of the Riviera Maya.