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Riviera Maya map
Map 1 unfolds from pocket
size to a giant 24 x 36"
(61 x 91cm), two-sided
travel guide of Cancun.
Puerto Morelos map
Puerto Morelos
side A
Puerto Morelos map
Maps 2 through 7 unfold from pocket size to a
convenient 17 x 24" (43 x 61cm), two-sided guide.
Akumal map
Puerto Akumal
side A
Akumal map
The beautiful stretch of white sand known as the Riviera Maya runs 75 miles (119km) from the southern edge of Cancun to the city of Tulum and the start of a protected biosphere.The area includes five small cities (Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, Chemuyil, and Tulum), dozens of smaller beach communities, plus the major tourist destination of Playa del Carmen (so large that it requires its own series of maps).

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Tulum Beach map
Tulum beachfront
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Tulum city map
Tulum city
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Tulum Mayan ruins map
Tulum Mayan ruins
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Researching the Riviera Maya map and travel guide was an incredible feat requiring over one-month of research and nearly six months of computer time assembling the project. We dined at over 100 restaurants, visited hundreds of attractions and covered thousands of miles of highway, rock roads, dirt paths, and beautiful beach. The snorkeling was amazing, the food incredible, and the work exhausting. We hope you enjoy the result of our efforts.


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Getting acquainted with Riviera Maya map

Map 1,
side A
No matter what your preference in accomodations you'll find it along the Riviera Maya. Looking for an all-inclusive resort? There are over 100 of them available in every price range; Prefer a small hotel or private home on a quiet stretch of beach, we list dozens of options; A rustic cabaña on the sand, of course it's available. You'll even find hostels and camping available for those on a real budget. Our hotel and Rental properties map shows them all.
Riviera Maya hotel map

Map 1,
side B

Attractions along the Riviera Maya range include beautiful clear-water cenotes (natural pools of water fed by underground rivers), Mayan archaeological sites, caves, ziplines, cultural-themed parks, golf, excellent snorkeling, all types of watersports, dolphin swims, ATV tours, horseback tours, and even camel rides. Our favorite attractions are isolated beaches where you can get away from those all-inclusive crowds. Read about all the options and plan a few special day trips with our Riviera Maya attractions map and guide.

Cancun hotel map

Map 2,
side A
This quiet, laid-back city features wide, beautiful beaches, moderate to inexpensive accomodations, great restaurants, excellent snorkeling and...well actually that is about it. If you are looking for nightlife Puerto Morelos is not the place; that's what makes it so special for the rest of us. There's only slightly over 100 hotel rooms in Puerto Morelos, many of the places to stay are condominium and private home rentals. Our Puerto Morelos map and travel guide will show you all of the available options in this quaint oceanfront town.
Riviera Maya hotel map

Map 2,
side B

The Puerto Morelos map and travel guide takes up both sides of a map. We share our favorite restaurants both in the beachfront city and the "pueblo" located across the highway. (We love to explore the pueblo and share some great restaurants in this area that you won't want to miss.)

You'll find excellent snorkeling on the reefs and shallows just offshore, plus there are incredible cenotes (natural pools of water fed by underground rivers) located nearby.

Riviera Maya hotel map

Map 3,
side A
Akumal is a must visit if only for snorkeling among the sea turtles in Akumal bay. Another excellent snorkeling attraction is Yal-Ku lagoon, a natural aquarium protected from the ocean surf where you'll see hundreds of beautiful fish in calm, clear water (perfect if snorkeling with children).
Most accomodations in Akumal are condominium and private home rentals. Other than the snorkeling there are few attractions in the area other than warm weather and beautiful beaches.
Cancun hotel map

Map 3,
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The Akumal map and travel guide not only shows you all of the hotels, restaurants, and attractions along the waterfront; we also explore the "pueblo" located across the highway, where you'll find a few great restaurants, along with pharmacies, a medical clinic, markets, and bakeries.
Riviera Maya hotel map

Map 4,
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Tulum beachfront is one of the most beautiful areas in the entire Yucatan. The white-sand beaches are lined with small hotels, thatched-roof cabañas, and beachfront restaurants. The atmosphere is laid-back and the view is heavenly. We consider Tulum (and a visit to the Tulum Mayan ruins) a must visit. With the Tulum map and travel guide visiting this area—even using public transportation—will be as easy as enjoying a tropical breeze.
Riviera Maya hotel map

Map 4,
side B
It takes both sides of a map to share everything that the Tulum beachfront has to offer (plus the seperate Tulum Mayan ruins map and self-guided tour). Don't miss the snorkeling and the view of the magnificent ruins from the water. Also, don't miss out on a long walk along the beach stopping at various beach bars for a drink or snack. Each has a personality and character of its own. Our Tulum beachfront map and travel guide lets you plan your afternoon in paradise before you even begin your vacation.
Riviera Maya hotel map

Map 5,
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Tulum city has one major flaw—it's a long distance to the beach. But, we make it our home quite often when staying in the Tulum area. Budget hotels; excellent, moderate-priced restaurants; and the ability to take an evening stroll; make it seem almost like home for us. We rent bikes and make the long bike ride to the beach, but there is also a shortcut through the Tulum ruins area that makes the ride much quicker. You can also catch a taxi or try to catch a ride on the workers van that makes several departures throughout the day.
Cancun hotel map

Map 5,
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Tulum city offers some incredible dining expriences, including a few of our Riviera Maya favorites—all at economical prices that won't blow your budget. You'll find fresh seafood, excellent Italian, Mexican specialties, great bakeries; trendy eateries, and rustic taco shops. We've dined at nearly all of them to bring you our favorites. You'll even find recommendations for evening drinks, including an authentic Cuban restaurant where you can experience some incredible rums.
Riviera Maya hotel map

Map 6,
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You can't fully enjoy the Riviera Maya without knowing how to get around. Our transportation map and guide will show you how to navigate the coastline using public transporation (we avoid rental cars so we can enjoy a few drinks on the beach). We explain how to use buses, colectivo vans (that stop anywhere along the highway), and taxis to visit all of our favorite attractions shown on this series of maps. Detailed maps of major bus and van stops make it easy to find your way around as if you were a local.
Riviera Maya hotel map

Map 6,
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Puerto Aventuras features a man-made marina surrounded by private homes, condominiums, and a few hotels. A golf course development completes this gated community. The main attraction here is the dolphin swim program that brings tourists from nearby hotels along the Riviera Maya; plus great restaurants overlooking the marina (we recommend our favorites). This map and travel guide provides complete information to spend an afternoon, evening, or week in Puerto Aventuras.
Map of Tulum Mayan ruins parking and shopping area guide

Map 7,
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The Tulum Mayan ruins are an incredible attraction, but actually getting to the site can be a little confusing and frustrating. On this side of the map you'll find detailed information about the shopping area located along the highway: Restaurants, hotels, parking, guides, attractions like the Voladeros de Papantla flyers, souvenir markets, plus transportation information. On the other side of this map you'll find a detailed self-guided tour of the Tulum archaelogical site.
Map and self-guided tour of the Tulum Mayan ruins

Map 7,
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The Tulum Mayan ruins are perched atop a towering bluff overlooking a section of turquoise-blue Caribbean — the view alone is worth the visit. Bring swimwear and a towel, there is also a beautiful beach at the base of the bluff. This detailed map provides a self-guided tour of the archaeological site of Tulum including descriptions of the main temples, hidden features to look for, and history of the site. Plus, we'll show you how to easily explore the beach clubs south of the ruins after your visit.
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