Inhabitants of the Mayan Riviera are clearly influenced by their ancestors, the Mayans, in their craftwork. When looking for crafts in Mexico, this area is a wonderful place to find various examples of striking handicrafts with beautiful shapes, unique textures, and rich colors.
The majority of products from this region are made from bejuco, a native climbing plant; wood; and colored threads combined with objects found in the sea such as shells, starfish, and other sea creatures.
This special craftwork can be purchased in many places. Along the coastal strip, you can buy from various vendors on the street or in small stalls.
Other art forms are thriving here such as a variety of folk dances, including: the Danza de los chicleros (chicle gum harvesters’ dance), the Baile de la cabeza de cochino (during which dancers hold a pig’s head), and the Baile de las cintas (a dance using ribbons).
The Mayan Riviera, full of tradition and infused with the soul of Mexico, is distinguished by colorful huipiles (embroidered dresses), beautiful necklaces, and traditional dances.