From Cancun to the archeological site of Tulum, a sequence of natural formations has given the Riviera Maya an appeal that attracts more visitors every year. This strip, on the easternmost side of Mexico along Route 307, is a privileged place where coral reefs, underground rivers, inlets that are true aquariums, beaches and the impressive tropical forest are some of the wonders of this land. Explore its archeological sites; visit the picturesque town of Playa del Carmen, known by the ancient Mayas as Xaman-Há. From here, canoes with pilgrims departed to visit sanctuaries built in honor to the goddess Ixchel in Cozumel Island. Today it is still possible to appreciate the culture and traditions through the locals while vacationing at this almost untouched destination.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Mayan ancestors named this beach Xpu-Ha ( ish-pu-ha ) meaning “morning dew” for it’s great beauty and luscious and spectacular vegetation.
A long stretch of sugar-white sand, Xpu-ha ( ish-pu-ha ) was made for swimming and walking. They’re starting to build more around there, but it’s still fairly remote. And the bay is gorgeous. While there’s a beach right by the famous ruins of Tulum, the best beaches are just south. And though they’re great for swimming, they’re almost made for strolling. You can walk for miles on these beautiful beaches.
Xpu-ha is on a small bay about 60 miles south of Cancun. You can get to this beach by going south down the Riviera Maya. The entrance is marked just off the resort community of Puerto Aventuras.
The beach is a length of sparkling white sand. Around the bay’s northern point, there is a lagoon and slightly inland from that, there is the stunning Xpu-ha cenote. The cenote is very long and narrow and reaches into the jungle for 500 meters, its shape and size makes it one of the Yucatan’s most unusual cenotes. It only takes about 15 minutes to walk from the beach to the lagoon, then another 10 minutes to walk inland from the lagoon to the cenote.
There are also few private homes at Xpu-ha and some rustic cabañas that can be rented. There are also two small cafes and several dive operators. These local divers are professional who know the area very well. Xpu-ha has also a RV park and campground as well as a beach bar and restaurant. It has two little beach front restaurants/bars that serve the catch of the day. There is good snorkeling here, but watch out for the fishing and dive boats that harbor here – you don’t want to get run over while you are watching the fish.
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The clear azure waters of the Mexican Caribbean, the white sandy beaches, the coconut palms and the thatch roof palapas have been combined to make Al Cielo Hotel a privileged and unique place for it’s natural beauty.
Al Cielo Hotel
Carretera Federal Cancun-Tulum KM 118
Xpu-Ha Beach 1.5
CP 77710 (Riviera Maya)
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Designed to enjoy nature at its best, in an environment where local flora and fauna cohabit in a showcase of native species, among rustic and charming bungalows, Xpu-Ha Palace has adapted its facilities to welcome pets. During your stay you will have all the advantages of the all inclusive features and the possibility of bringing your furry companion on a complimentary * basis. Your pet will also be provided with services and amenities at no additional cost. From special bedding to a relaxing grooming session, and with the talented handlers at the pets’ club he will also feel a very special guest.
Aventura Spa Palace invites you to take your body, mind and spirit on a journey that will at once purify, restore, and revitalize the senses. Ideally positioned in the heart of the Riviera Maya, where the tropical sun meets the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, the ultimate pampering experience awaits.
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