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Have you chosen the Riviera Maya or Cancun as your vacation destination? That’s the best choice you could have made since the Yucatan Peninsula, which includes the states of Quintana Roo, Campeche, and Yucatan, represents one of the richest territories in terms of flora and fauna. Will it be the natural wonders and that Caribbean Sea with its mesmerizing blue reflections that makes Cancun and the Riviera Maya the most popular beach destination in Latin America?

The Turtles

Photo courtesy of Diario del Viajero

Of the 7 species of sea turtles that exist in the world, 5 live and reproduce in the Yucatan Peninsula. When they reach the coast of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, it is a spectacle of beauty and wonder at the wisdom of Mother Nature. Tourists and locals are becoming more accustomed to respecting the indications they receive from municipal organizations, hoteliers and volunteers who care for and protect the turtle moms and the eggs they lay on the beach. If you stay at the Sunset Royal Beach Resort you can witness this wonderful cycle of life as the hotel has been sheltering eggs for years until their hatching and the release of baby turtles to the sea.

The Whale Shark

Photo courtesy of Viajes Daily

This majestic fish, the largest in the world, with a weight of approximately 9 tons and an extension of up to 10 meters, is one of the most noble and magical species you will encounter in the Mexican Caribbean. The whale shark is so friendly that even swimming is practiced with no risk. They usually concentrate between Isla Holbox and Isla Contoy with an impressive population of up to 300 of them. This makes their stay in the Mexican Caribbean considered exceptional because it is so numerous. Studies show that it is the plankton of the Peninsula that attracts them by the hundreds. If you have the opportunity to be with them, please do not touch them and respect the instructions of your guide.

Underground Rivers, Mangroves and Cenotes

Photo courtesy of Hacienda Tres Rios

Well, the Yucatan Peninsula has water everywhere. To begin with, it has 55% of the total of all mangroves in the Mexican territory, which are home to hundreds of animals ranging from crabs to our friends the crocodiles. In addition, the Peninsula can boast for having the second largest network of rivers on the planet, resulting in a great number of underground rivers, cenotes and caves where you can go snorkeling, diving, speleology diving and more. Our sister hotel, Hacienda Tres Ríos, has an incredible river in the mangrove where snorkeling, kayaking and free swimming are practiced.

As you can see, Cancun and  the Riviera Maya are exceptional places to enjoy the best family vacations. Haven’t made your hotel reservation yet? Click here.