To the majority of scuba divers, Mexico is known as a diving hub with beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and most importantly unparalleled dive sites. For many years, Mexico’s Caribbean coast served as an amazing spot for divers flying into Cancun, traveling to Playa Del Carmen and then ferrying over to Cozumel. However, over the past decade, many divers have chosen to stay in the Riviera Maya to explore Mexico’s hidden dive spots. From standard reef diving to intriguing Cenotes (subterranean sinkholes), there is something for every level of diver.
The Yucatan Peninsula attracts more visitors than any other part of Mexico due to it's exciting mix of ancient Maya culture and ruins, beautiful beaches, its range of adventure activities and wide choice of accommodation options. The Yucatan is known for its tropical rainforests and jungles, as well as being the home of the ancient Maya people. A significant portion of the ancient Maya Lowlands is in the Yucatan and there are many important Maya archeological sites found throughout the peninsula, the most well-known being Chitzen Itza, Tulum and Uxmal.
In the past, the Yucatan focused it's economic efforts on cattle ranching, logging and the production of chicle (a natural gum) and henequen (a type of agave) but since the 1970's it's main source of income comes from tourism. Cancun, which was once a small fishing village, is now a modern tourist city. The former fishing town of Playa del Carmen is a popular tourist destination on the Riviera Maya (the stretch of coast between Cancun and Tulum). It's attractions include the eco-archaeological park of Xcaret and the outdoor water theme park of Xel-Ha, complete with mangroves, bird watching, stingray swimming, diving and snorkeling lessons.