Along with pristine beaches and turquoise Caribbean seas, Riviera Maya is also famous for the archaeological site at Tulum. This ancient Mayan fortress city and port, built late in the 13th century--during the post-classic period-- was known for trading in jade and turquoise from the seaside location. The city is surrounded by walls of limestone on three sides and is nestled next to a beautiful beach. Scott and I had planned a day trip to explore the beauty of Tulum and Akumal. We rented a car at Secrets Silversands and headed out.
This is the iconic view of the Castillo, castle, with ancient limestone walls juxtaposed against the turquoise and blues of the sky and sea.
I would definitely recommend wearing your swimsuit under your clothing in warm weather. A number of fellow tourists stripped down and took a swim from the beach here. They ended up looking much more refreshed than I did. It was hot and steamy on this day in July. Walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and swimsuit are definitely recommended for a visit to Tulum.
The beauty of this place is memorable.
After leaving Tulum we drove through colorful Akumal.
We worked up quite an appetite hiking around the ruins so Scott had an eagle eye out for someplace fun for lunch...
and he definitely found it--La Buena Vida-- on the beach!
This spot, with tables, bean bags and hammocks on the beach was perfect for a relaxing, casual lunch.
For the more adventurous among us you can even dine in a tree top table.
It doesn't get much more relaxed than this...
fish tacos, guacamole and margaritas from your lounge chair on the sand.