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Virtual Traveler

Some of you still cannot be with us right now but we can bring the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean and the Yucatan to you. Here’s our monthly gallery showcasing some of the region’s many natural and historical attractions. How many have you visited? Which ones would you like to explore on future visits to Grand Residences?

 

Contoy
A true Caribbean desert island of palms, mangroves and white beaches, Contoy is also an important nature reserve. Known as the island of birds, it is home to over 150 species, including pelicans, frigate birds, herons, ibis and roseate spoonbills. Eco trips are available.

Akumal
Picture-perfect and family friendly, Akumal Bay is one of the most beautiful spots in the Riviera Maya. Palm-lined and sheltered by offshore reefs, it is a favorite spot for the sea turtles that graze on sea grass beds in the shallow waters. The name Akumal actually means “place of the turtle” in Maya.

Mesoamerican Reef
The world’s second longest coral reef system runs offshore from the Mexican Caribbean coast. Take the plunge to discover a strange kingdom of coral buttresses and colorful marine life. Start your journey right here in Puerto Morelos National Park.

Playa del Carmen
An evening stroll along Playa del Carmen’s “la Quinta” for open-air dining and drinks under trees glittering with lights is always a popular vacation option. Lined with cafes and bars, craft shops and boutiques and alive with the sound of music, Fifth Avenue will undergo a facelift this summer, focusing on the area around Parque Fundadores.

Sian Ka’an
“Where the sky begins” in Maya, Sian Ka’an is a vast swathe of tropical forest and wetlands stretching to the sea. A landscape with biosphere reserve and World Heritage status, its ecosystems are a refuge for a wealth of bird species and rare wildlife such as the jaguar, tapir, manatee, howler monkey and the jabiru stork.

Chichen Itza
The Yucatan’s most famous archaeological site is huge and archaeologists are still at work unearthing and restoring ancient treasures, meaning that there is always something different to see whenever you visit. Chichen Itza’s majestic pyramids, temples and palaces have UNESCO World Heritage status.

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