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The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is a massive wildland area of 5,200+ square kilometers, including part of the coral reef formations of the Caribbean Sea, east of the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto and just south of Tulum. The reserve also contains 23 known Mayan archaeological sites, including Muyil, and has attained the world famous status of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, one year after being established.
A number of regional and international entities have carried out more than 200 conservation projects within eight protected natural areas that include the reefs of Banco Chinchorro, Xcalak, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Cancun, and the islands of Cozumel and Contoy with the participation of scientists, technicians, students, fishermen, farmers, rural promotors and administrators from the region.
Today, several organizations work together in the area to develop a more responsible tourism industry that preserves the biodiversity of the whole reserve, taking advantage of the fact that the Yucatan Peninsula region, in general, is among the most successful travel destinations in the world, boasting around 11 million tourists and cruise ship passengers yearly. This intense activity brings economic stability and prosperity, but also a growing impact on the environment.
For this reason, local businesses have a desire to protect the biosphere’s ecology while still taking advantage of zone’s potential for Eco-tourism. Local organization Amigos de Sian Ka’an has been taking on this task for the last few years. No less than 17 companies are working with tour operators from the region to promote a kind of tourism that’s authentic, with a high social benefit and a low environmental impact.
If you’re interested in eco tours to visit the biosphere from Tulum, the two most common access points to the reserve are Punta Allen and Muyil, which provide two completely different experiences and contains two very different ecosystems. The Punta Allen route is great if you want to see ocean lagoons, beaches, dolphins, turtles, fish, etc. The rates for one-day trips on this ocean side of Sian Ka’an start at around USD 120.
The Muyil route is great to see the jungle, the Mayan ruins, wetlands, freshwater lagoons, mangrove forests, and to float down Mayan-carved canals. One day trips to this side of the reserve cost around USD 110 and have less logistic impediments. For adventurous travelers, there’s even the option to do it as a DIY trip for as little as half the price.
Riviera Maya keeps winning the hearts of millions of travel enthusiasts around the world in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards 2017!
For 15 years, the popular travel magazine Travel Weekly presents awards in 77 categories to distinguish the best actors and destinations of the global tourism industry, which includes hotels and resorts, tour operators, airlines, cruise lines, and more.
There was little surprise when the Riviera Maya was once again named Best in Destinations, recognizing it as the first choice for travelers visiting Mexico for the 14th consecutive year. The gala for the event was held at the Conrad New York on Dec 14th and was attended by the director of the Tourism Promotion Trust of Cozumel and Riviera Maya, Darío Flota Ocampo, to receive the award.
Other Mexican participants were Funjet Vacations and Apple Vacations, who each won Best in Tour Operators (one for Mexico and one for the Caribbean, respectively) and Playa Resorts/Hyatt won Best Hotel Chain, among winners from all around the globe.
The Mexican state of Quintana Roo received 25 awards and 40 nominations during a ceremony for the World Travel Awards of Latin America, held last month at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.
The World Travel Awards brand was established in 1993 and is recognized globally today as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. It is also highly valued for providing top-level networking opportunities for business people in the travel industry.
Several of the awards were handed to Marisol Vanegas Pérez and Darío Flota, respectively the Tourism Secretary of and the General Director of the Tourism Promotion Trust of Cozumel and the Riviera Maya. The gala also was attended by many executives from sponsor airlines Aeroméxico and Delta, as well as Travel Times, Media Partner, the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya itself, and many renowned tourism entrepreneurs and bureau directors.
Among the winning destinations for Mexico and Central America were the Riviera Maya (Best Beach Destination), Playa del Carmen (Most Relaxing Destination), The island of Cozumel (Best Cruise Port, Best Island Destination), Cancun (Best Destination for Meetings and Congresses, Best Tourist Destination), and Tulum (Best Destination).
In other categories, awards went to the Cancun International Airport, the International Convention Center, the Río Secreto Park, and six hotels including Hard Rock Cancun, Grand Hyatt Resort Playa del Carmen, UNICO 20 ° 87 ° Hotel Riviera Maya, Hacienda Tres Rios, Playa del Carmen Paradisus and Hard Rock Riviera Maya.
The Grand Final of the awards will be held on December 10th in Phu Quoc city, Vietnam, where many of the Latin American winners will compete for world titles. A full list of winners from the Latin America ceremony can be seen here:
As our area gains international recognition, this is a key moment to invest in Riviera Maya Real Estate.
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Beachfront Condos, Puerto Aventuras – Announcing a price reduction on Puerto Aventuras, a 2,217 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm single story “Large terrace with ocean views”. Now $425,000. Price drop !
Price was 650,000 USD dropped to 525,000 USD Now, Sept 2016 is 425,000.00 Steal of a deal for real estate in Puerto Aventuras on the Beachfront.
Personal use or vacation rental investment, this is one of the best buys for condos in Puerto Aventuras.
This Puerto Aventuras condo for sale is huge with 2217 sq ft of interior space with large terrace facing the ocean, in a 4 story building. Furnished with classic Caribe furniture and fully set up kitchen with top of the line appliances and granite counter tops, this condo is ready to move in and begin renting.
There is a large pool leading to the sandy beach and blue calm waters of the bay of Puerto Aventuras.
Condo building has elevators and parking making this an easy lifestyle. Walking distance to the shops and cafes and restaurants of Puerto Aventuras commercial district
If you are boat person, you’ll like the fact this condo faces the beach on one side and has the marina on the other side.
Puerto Aventuras is a gated beach, 9 hole golf course and marina community with full service Marina for yachts. Something for everyone.
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No trip to the Riviera Maya is complete without a visit to one or more of the idyllic beaches in this tropical paradise. But where to go? Surely most beaches in this popular destination are filled to capacity with resorts, sunbathers, and tourists.
Not so. The Riviera Maya still has a few undiscovered gems that have yet to be claimed by developers. Believe it or not, you can still find uncrowded and unsullied beaches in the Riviera Maya.
Whether it’s seclusion you seek or a rocking beach party, these top 10 beaches are worth checking out during your stay:
- Maroma Beach. Known as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Maroma Beach is just 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. If you want a luxury resort or hotel vacation where you can enjoy stunning views of the Caribbean, Maroma Beach may just be what you’re looking for. Many of the resorts and hotels on this beach make respecting the natural environment of the area a priority.
- Akumal. Translated to mean, “the land of the turtle”, sea turtles love to lay their eggs in this small Mexican village. Located 60 miles south of Cancun, the clear water and reefs of Akumal beach make for a perfect day of snorkeling and diving.
- Mamitas Beach. If it’s a party you want, look no further than Mamitas Beach. It boasts the best nightlife in the area and hosts a number of concerts including the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival and the BPM Festival. Enjoy great music and company overlooking a stunning beach backdrop.
- WahWah Beach. For the older crowd, check out WahWah Beach Bar. A sort of gringo bar located on the beach, they play a lot of 70’s and 80’s rock.
- Canibal Royal (aka The Reef Coco Beach). A little harder to get to, but worth checking out if you want a gorgeous, less crowded beach in Playa del Carmen. But bring your own amenities- you won’t find too many shops or restaurants nearby. Located around 48th Street.
- Playacar Phase 1. If you’re staying in Playa del Carmen, be sure to check out the beach at the Playacar Phase 1 residential development. You’ll find a wide, expansive and relatively quiet beach with fine white sand.
- Paradiso Beach. Located in the bohemian town of Tulum is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. On a trip to Tulum’s Mayan ruins, be sure to stop by Paradiso Beach to enjoy its brilliant turquoise water, soft white sand and tranquil waves.
- Xpu-Ha. If it’s solitude you seek, be sure to visit the Xpu-Ha beach in the Riviera Maya. Located just 15 or 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen, this beach typifies the ultimate remote, tropical paradise. Its calm, shallow waters are perfect for a day spent kayaking, swimming or just lying under the sun.
- Puerto Morelos. Halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, you’ll find the small fishing and residential village of Puerto Morelos. The town’s quiet white sand beaches are set inside an offshore reef, creating calm waves for swimmers and snorkelers to enjoy.
- Punto Bete/ Xcalacoco. Travel just north of Playa del Carmen for yet another isolated beach. Its white sand, swaying palm trees, rustic beachfront housing, and breathtaking views are definitively worth the visit.
Xpu-Ha, Quintana Roo – On a beautiful 1-hectare jungle lot, sits a fully-furnished Eco-Home for sale in the Riviera Maya, Mexico – with self-sustained power!
Only 1.5km to Xpu Ha beach, the most beautiful in the entire Riviera Maya area and one of the most pristine beaches in Mexico.
• 4,844 sq. ft. 2 story – $625,000. Gem in the Jungle
There is a main house and a guest house, separated by a very large inviting resort-type swimming pool, and outdoor “palapa”-covered living area, where only the sounds of birds and animals around can be heard, providing total peace and tranquility amongst nature.
The Main House is 3,500 Sq. Ft. And features an open floor plan, large kitchen with onyx counters, artisan marble sink, and a semi-formal dining area.
The large living room adjoins to make a very connected living space.
There are two huge bedrooms and walk-in closets, large open showers, and lots of natural light streaming in.
Upstairs, on the flowing staircase, is a large office and TV room loft. High ceilings add more space to the airy rooms.
Outside, you pass by the outdoor living area and walk to the pool, which is 2500 sq ft. and circular in shape.
Across the way, you will find a comfortable, spacious guest house that is 1000 Sq. Ft. with an inviting veranda.
Polished cement floors throughout make the floor smooth and cool to walk.
This, and a lot more, is “Casa jungla” – Your jungle hideaway in the heart of the lush Mayan Riviera.
For those of you worried about Mexico’s state of the market and the economic slowdown between 2009 and 2012 as a result of the international financial crisis, I have some good news for you. The forecast for Mexico’s economy not only looks promising, it looks great. Since mid-2012, Mexico has been thriving on an international level, particularly in the Riviera Maya.
International companies as well as the Mexican government continue to invest massively in Mexico. The country has shown real determination in laying the foundations to cooperate with private institutions. These international companies as well as financial institutions include mutual funds, insurance companies, pension funds, foundations and sovereign funds. The aim? To foster strategic areas for economic growth and social development. Mexico has conducted studies, amendments, and regulations to the laws in order to accommodate the changes in this growing market. As a result Mexico overtook Brazil as the Latin American country receiving the most foreign investment capital.
Because Mexico’s reputation as a hotspot for tourism continues to grow internationally, the government has decided to spend billions of public and private investment dollars on massive infrastructure spending programs. The extensive plans focus on upgrading roads, ports, telecommunications, water and energy facilities to sustain the country’s growth in tourism and travel.
The country also plans to invest in airport infrastructure, theme parks, marinas, golf courses, healthcare facilities and retirement communities. In total, the program will include 27 major tourist destinations spread across 17 Mexican states. These projects will create more than 100,000 new jobs and will further support domestic tourism by giving more citizens higher incomes as a result.
The Riviera Maya is a prime example of Mexico’s success in development and investments in Tourism. Over the years the Yucatan Peninsula has seen the number of tourists increase exponentially. In light of its international appeal and the high number of flights coming into the Cancun airport, it’s become a hotspot worldwide. An average of 4 million visitors per year choose the Riviera Maya as their holiday destination. The wind of economic optimism continues to blow over Mexico and has settled over the Riviera Maya. In the last 4 years, the area has become a great place to buy, especially for foreigners.
New project developments, remodeled homes, occupancies in hotels and rental condos are constantly on the rise. The market in Mexico couldn’t be in better shape. If you’re interested in buying in the Riviera Maya, there has never been a better time than now!
Judi Shaw | 1 604 628 7247 Direct | +521 984 116 3251 Mexico Cell
So you want to purchase property in Mexico. You’re excited by the idea of finding the perfect bungalow in Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya but you’re also nervous. Will buying property in Mexico really be a smart investment?
You can rest assured that it will be. According to Forbes Magazine, it’s safe to invest in Mexico. With an economy that Forbes global economic specialist Sara Zervos describes as, “mostly predictable and rarely volatile”, its movement remains closely tied to that of the United States. Simply put, when the U.S. economy does well, Mexico’s follows suit. When The U.S. economy turns south, so does Mexico’s.
You can credit two main factors the Mexican economy’s overall steady and positive growth. First and foremost are it’s strong ties to the United States. NAFTA has been a big financial boon for Mexico, with many manufacturing jobs moving south of the border. The country has benefitted even more from the technology transfer in recent years and has increased the skills of its workforce to keep up. According to Zervos, Mexican policymakers have also succeeded in, “implementing conservative fiscal policy and prudent monetary policy” further contributing to Mexico’s healthy economy. As a result, the country has survived a number of global crisis as well as changes in presidential leadership.
Because of these two factors, Mexico has experienced 2-4% annual growth over the last 10 years, excluding the Great Financial Crisis. Their stock market has also fared well since 2012 “growing around 22% in local currency terms”, mirroring the growth of the U.S. stock market rather than other South American countries, such as Brazil or Chile.
So with this positive economic growth combined with an all time record low inflation, Mexico appears to be one of the safest countries in Latin America to invest in, particularly in the real estate market. And the situation is unlikely to change anytime soon. Even with the unpredictable U.S. election in November and the Mexican presidential election coming in 2018, Zervos predicts, “economic indicators are expected to remain broadly unchanged, and unlikely to present any significant deviations in current trends.”
As you can see, if there ever was a good time to capitalize on your dream to own a home in Mexico, it’s now. And we here at Living Riviera Maya Real Estate can help. We’ll walk you through the process so you can rest assured your purchase is secure. Don’t hesitate to contact us today with any questions.
Judi Shaw | 1 604 628 7247 Direct | +521 984 116 3251 Mexico Cell or email us
If you’re an American approaching retirement, you may be wondering how to invest your money wisely, to ensure that it is both comfortable and profitable.
Investing in real estate is always a smart and safe choice. If you want to make it even more interesting, think about investing outside the border!
Take Mexico for example. Probably one of the best areas for real estate investment, you couldn’t ask for a better place to live! Not only does the country enjoy warm and sunny weather all year long, it also has a thriving economy.
And as an added bonus, you can benefit even more from the exchange rate. Currently 1$USD equals about 18,5 pesos…now that’s great news.
Already home to approximately a million Americans, experts have predicted even more migrating south to Mexico in the next 2 decades.
Typically, those individuals who plan to spend their retirement in Mexico, buy a property 10 to 15 years before they make the move. In the interim, they’ll use the property for holiday getaways or rent it out for a small profit. Either way, they have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the area before they start living in Mexico full-time.
Health services in Mexico are also very good, sometimes better than in the US, the cost of living is substantially lower, the exchange rate is incredible…all these factors help guarantee you’ll have a comfortable retirement.
In anticipation of this great wave of American migration, developers currently are building new gated communities, golf courses, hospitals and shopping centers. You’ll have plenty of properties to choose from! And the quality of these properties continues to rise as the local, state and national governments work hard to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer’s and seller’s interests. Mexico now has many organizations and associations to guarantee foreigners can make a safe and secure real estate investment .
Interested in checking out the Mexican real-estate market for yourself? Living Riviera Maya Real Estate can help.
Our team of professionals will guide you through the whole process and can answer all of your questions. Certified and knowledgeable, LRM will guarantee you have a stress-free buying experience.
So don’t wait. Contact us today to turn your dream retirement into reality!