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Relax in the serenity of Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Riviera Maya is an area of natural beauty along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Originally it was a hub for religious activity and trade, with remnants of its past still present in the ruins of Tulum and Playa del Carmen. To step back in time, tour an archaeological dig and uncover a piece of ancient Mayan civilization. Cozumel, a major hub, began as a ferry stop, but its sandy borders, quaint villages and attractive reefs turned the area into a popular vacation destination. Divers from all over the world come to Riviera Maya to explore the Great Mayan Reef, the world's second-largest reef system. Uncover a secret cave among the hidden underground river system or simply relax on one of the gorgeous beaches.

Things to do

Beaches

The beaches along the Riviera Maya are filled with pristine white sand and turquoise water. Puerto Morelos is the main beach in the middle of town. With its serene atmosphere, it is the ideal place to gather your thoughts. Akumal, “Land of Turtles,” is another beach spot filled with interesting and unique wildlife. The peaceful and crystal-clear water makes it a snorkeler's paradise.

It is simple to grab your scuba mask and uncover the hidden world, or you can simply watch others dive into the underground rivers and explore the coves from the comfort of a boat.

Historical attractions

There are various archaeological sites throughout the Riviera Maya. The Tulum is one of the most popular archaeological attractions in the area. Numerous tours are available to explore this ancient city where monuments and temples abound. To get a good sense of Mexican culture, participate in a traditional Mayan sweat lodge ceremony. This type of event is often held in many of the local resorts.

Shopping

Riviera Maya holds a wide range of shopping options, from unique boutiques to roadside markets. Playa del Carmen is at the center of retail therapy in the area. It is home to Fifth Avenue, a pedestrian street that is packed with high-end shops, souvenir stores and stalls filled with handcrafted items. Do not be afraid to try for a bargain; most shop owners in the area enjoy haggling and discussing their wares with customers.

At Playa del Carmen, you will be able to find great deals on chocolate, tequila and jewelry. Sterling silver is quite popular in the region, but make sure to purchase pieces from a legitimate store. A bit further north, you will hit the town of Puerto Morelos. Here, local handcrafted items are reasonably priced. You will find beautiful paintings, carvings and blankets.

Dining

The Riviera Maya has undergone a culinary renaissance. Guests enjoy new restaurants and emerging chefs. Gourmet dining options are becoming readily available at Playa del Carmen and the Hotel Zone.

Getting there

Travelers flying to the area tend to arrive at Cancun international airport (CUN). It’s one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean with transport links to Playa del Carmen, 32 miles to the south. Cozumel Airport (CZM) also offers international connections to the region.

Where to stay

Many travelers tend to take advantage of all-inclusive resorts that offer free meals and other great amenities. However, there are smaller Riviera Maya hotels as well. These places offer Caribbean charm, traditional hospitality and Mexican style.

Special events

The Riviera Maya is very ethnically diverse, and the area hosts numerous festivals. The “Day of the Dead” is celebrated by the locals who gather in cemeteries to keep the souls of the deceased company. Xcaret hosts a large celebration filled with fine food, art exhibits, live music and energetic dancing to commemorate this day. Other events include the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival and the International Movie and Food Festival.

Best time to visit

July and August are the busy months, and prices reflect that fact. The rainy season occurs May to December. Most ruins remain covered during this time. For the best weather, consider visiting the Riviera Maya December through April.

Recently booked Riviera Maya hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
NEW! Royalton Riviera Cancun - All Inclusive 1 hour ago 4 stars $310
NEW! Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites All Inclusive - Adults Only
Playa Del Carmen
1 hour ago 4 stars $349
Barcelo Maya Colonial - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
2 hours ago 4 stars $292
Azul Beach a Gourmet Inclusive Resort, by Karisma
Puerto Morelos
2 hours ago 4 stars $564
Barcelo Maya Caribe - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
2 hours ago 4 stars $292
Barcelo Maya Tropical - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
4 hours ago 4 stars $292
Ocean Coral - All Inclusive Resort
Puerto Morelos
4 hours ago 4 stars $335
Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
4 hours ago 5 stars $501
Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
4 hours ago 5 stars $378
Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya
Mayakoba Playa del Carmen
5 hours ago 5 stars $380

Recently Rated Riviera Maya Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Complex
Akumal
4.1 / 5
239 reviews
4 stars $213
Hotel Hacienda Morelos
Puerto Morelos
3.6 / 5
24 reviews
3 stars $72
Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
4.7 / 5
460 reviews
5 stars $378
Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex
Playa Maroma
4.1 / 5
168 reviews
4 stars $251
NEW! Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites All Inclusive - Adults Only
Playa Del Carmen
4.0 / 5
22 reviews
4 stars $349
Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
4.0 / 5
265 reviews
4 stars $341
Hotel Posada 06 Tulum
Tulum
3.9 / 5
11 reviews
3 stars $125
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun - Luxury Hotel
Puerto Morelos
4.8 / 5
6 reviews
5 stars $229
Barcelo Maya Beach - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
4.2 / 5
1221 reviews
4 stars $292
Allegro Playacar - All Inclusive - Playa del Carmen
Playacar
3.2 / 5
55 reviews
3 stars Choose dates

Sinking in: Cenotes of the Riviera Maya

Running roughly 20 miles along the main road near Puerto Morales is the Riviera Maya's "cenote route," a vast collection of azure pools where you can snorkel, scuba, and get your Eden on.

Featured Riviera Maya Hotels

From $372

1 Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 70 reviews

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Nestled right up against palm-lined, white sand beaches, the Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe occupies an enviable spot on the Yucatan Peninsula. Float around in utter peace in the adults-only pool,... More

Family Trip
Quick recap... Hotel and beach are beautiful. Staff is great. Check in is not that long...enjoy your welcome drink and breathtaking views...just wait your turn. The buffet food is very good...don't...
Mar 2, 2015
From $378

2 Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 460 reviews

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FREE WiFi, Unlimited Lobster Dinner & More

Excellence Riviera Cancun, an adults-only resort, is a great location for those who'd like to enjoy this popular travel destination without being overwhelmed by other visitors. Experience an... More

A repeat of last year. A great late winter get away
The resort is immaculately clean, and the staff is friendly. The food is good and the drinks are great (not cheap or watered down) it is great for a layed back restful great away.. I will return...
Mar 26, 2015
From $251

3 Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 168 reviews

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$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

A replica Mayan temple soaring up into the brilliant blue sky marks your entrance into Iberostar Paraiso Riviera Maya, a luxury complex of four family-oriented resorts. Clouds of flamingos and... More

Senior getaway
We had a great time . Hotel had beautiful trees and flowers peacocks and flamingos . We enjoyed the buffets a lot more than the specialty restaurants. Shows were fun. Beach was windy / wavy. Ground...
Mar 13, 2015
From $292

4 Barcelo Maya Colonial - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.3 / 5 6 reviews

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The Barcelo Maya Colonial is an enchanting place for families, couples, singles, groups of friends and conventions where you can enjoy the benefits of a 24 hours all inclusive. This resort of... More

8 Bostonians 1 Awesome trip
Our trip was fantastic. 8 people total, 4 rooms all originally booked for the Colonial and upgraded to the Palace upon arrival. Rooms were excellent, clean, beds were a little hard by the end of...
Mar 4, 2015
From $335

5 Ocean Coral - All Inclusive Resort

4 stars
4.0 / 5 239 reviews

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1 Bottle onf wine,Buttler services, WiFi and more

Operated by Spanish brand, H10 hotels, the Ocean Coral All Inclusive Resort means what it says all meals, mini-bar treats and drinks are included in the price. Open, circular spaces are filled with... More

Loved It
We stayed here for 5 nights, it was an amazing trip. We had alot of fun, the service was awesome,the hotel staff was kind and very cordial. The breakfast was great, and the activities that the...
Mar 26, 2015
From $535

6 Iberostar Grand Paraiso Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.5 / 5 51 reviews

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$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

Luxury resort near Playa del Carmen with grand look, amenitiesThe Iberostar Grand Paraiso is a five-star, all-inclusive luxury resort for adults aged 18 and older. The resort features grand... More

Friends trip
It was a very good resort. Food was good, drinks were good. One thing I will say is that one of the butlers in particular was not friendly and seemingly was put off by us asking for...
Mar 3, 2015
From $349

7 NEW! Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites All Inclusive - Adults Only

4 stars
4.0 / 5 22 reviews

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The Platinum Yucatan Princess is located just 45 minutes south of Cancun, and only 10 minutes from the electric and vibrant downtown of Playa del Carmen. This is an Adults Only Resort, taken to its... More

Michael P from NYC
Overall an excellent all inclusive resort. It is basically brand new and only 6 months old. The rooms are terrific, the staff are excellent, in general the food is very good and the bartenders are...
Mar 26, 2015
From $532

8 El Dorado Royale and Casitas Royale a Gourmet Inclusive Resort by Karisma - Adults Only

5 stars
4.4 / 5 109 reviews

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$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

Experience Paradise on the Yucatan PeninsulaThe El Dorado Royale Spa resort on the Mayan Riviera combines the ultimate in stylish accommodations and surroundings with personal service. The... More

Anniversary
Second time to El Dorado. First to the Casita section. Great rooms, great pools, great food, and great service. Will definitely be back.
Feb 11, 2015
From $380

9 Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya

5 stars
4.5 / 5 40 reviews

Carretera Federal Cancun Map

Complimentary Water Sports & 2 Kids FREE

Award-winning, eco-friendly luxury resort in the Mayakoba communityThe Fairmont Mayakoba in Riviera Maya offers guests the opportunity to experience nature: Mangroves, tropical forests, lagoons,... More

Unique resort
Exceptional housekeeping, friendly and accommodating staff, and impeccably landscaped grounds. Food and drink we're lacking in quality, but not in price.
Jan 22, 2015
From $476

10 Royal Hideaway Playa del Carmen by Occidental - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 95 reviews

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$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

The Royal Hideaway Playa del Carmen Resort is one of Occidental's two locations along the sun-kissed shores of Mexico's vibrant Playa del Carmen region. Honeymooners, couples and friends can enjoy... More

My best vacation
10 days in RH was our best vacation. Everything was just fine: the beach, water, pools, room, food, stuff, bus shuttle, excursions to different pyramids and white roads, Tulum, and many other...
Feb 21, 2015
From $708

11 Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 486 reviews

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One of several Secrets hotels dotting the coastline of the Mayan Riviera in Mexico, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is situated right on the seafront. Enjoy the complimentary in-suite Internet... More

Great Experience
Great vacation. Best beach. Great service. I would recommend this hotel.
Jan 6, 2015
From $292

12 Barcelo Maya Tropical - All Inclusive

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

Carr. Chetumal - Pto. Juarez Km 266.3 Map

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The Barcelo Maya Tropical is an enchanting place for families, couples, singles, groups of friends and conventions where you can enjoy the benefits of a 24 hours all inclusive. This resort of... More

From $586

13 Desire Resort & Spa- All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.3 / 5 56 reviews

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$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

Clothing optional Mexican resort for open, adventurous couplesDesire Resort & Spa offers a one-of-a-kind, erotic experience for vacationers looking to explore their voyeuristic sides. The... More

Another great stay
Every trip like coming home, with the warm welcome as you step out of your taxi, to the smiles in the pool and hot tub. Loved hearing about the renovations they were making in the fall, and can't...
Dec 31, 2014
From $292

14 Barcelo Maya Caribe - All Inclusive

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juarez Map

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An enchanting place for families, couples, singles, groups of friends and conventions where you can enjoy the benefits of a 24 hours all inclusive. This resort of Mayan -inspired architecture is... More

From $726

15 Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.6 / 5 34 reviews

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$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

Romantic adults-only beach resort in the Mexican CaribbeanIdeal for couples on their honeymoon or lovers in search of a romantic getaway, Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya - All Inclusive... More

Mixco Getaway
Second time at the Pearl and it was just as good as the first trip. The staff there are incredible, don't know where they get all the energy. The atmosphere at Pearl is great, people from all over...
Mar 3, 2015
From $229

16 Grand Residences Riviera Cancun - Luxury Hotel

5 stars
4.8 / 5 6 reviews

Blvd El Cid, Unidad 28 Map

Gourmet All Inclusive!

Spacious luxury suites facing the beautiful Caribbean Sea in CancunGrand Residences Riviera Cancun Luxury Hotel ushers holidaymakers to a bunch of holiday activities in the Caribbean. In this... More

Great family trip
Stayed here with our two kids - wonderful experience. Staff is great, room was large, extremely comfortable, and clean. Lots of onsite activities, kids club for the children, and small on-site...
Mar 10, 2015
From $292

17 Barcelo Maya Beach - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.2 / 5 1221 reviews

Carretera Chetumal- km 266.3 Map

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Offering 24-hour drinks, snacks and meals, the Barcelo Riviera Maya All Inclusive Complex combines convenience with luxury at four distinct resort areas: Barcelo Maya Beach, Maya Caribe, Maya... More

The Beach
This was our honeymoon trip and our first time at this hotel and my wife and I give it 5 stars because the staff, the food and amenities were first rate and the whole resort was very clean. I will...
Mar 10, 2015
From $353

18 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.5 / 5 13 reviews

Carretera Cancun-Chetumal KM 72 Map

$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

Standing as a monument to all inclusive excess, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya rises from the warm sands and blue waters intoThe annals of glory with natural sea coves, lavish, confort and service... More

Great Trip (10 Night Stay)
This hotel was everything ! Upon arrival my girlfriend and I were on the Hacienda side of the resort and were switched over to the Heaven side away from all the children (what a relief, and free of...
Jan 28, 2015

19 Allegro Playacar - All Inclusive - Playa del Carmen

3 stars
3.2 / 5 55 reviews

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Polynesian-style bungalows near Playa del Carmen in Riviera MayaThe Allegro Playacar resort features two-story, Polynesian-style bungalow houses and newly redesigned guestrooms in an intimate... More

Best vacation I have had yet
The hotel staff were very helpful and friendly. The food and buffet were very well stocked with a wide variety of food and beverage choices. The only downfall to our stay is the heavy downpour of...
Mar 10, 2015
From $321

20 Occidental Grand Xcaret - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.8 / 5 246 reviews

Ctra. Fed. Puerto Juarez Map

Up to $920 credits + much more!

Family-friendly Caribbean resort adjacent to Xcaret ecological parkThe Occidental Grand Xcaret offers direct access to the ecological park, Xcaret. The resort boasts stretches of white sand... More

First Couples Getaway
The resort itself was nice and the atmosphere was great. It is in an eco-park so you are among the wildlife, which was pretty neat. It was nice to wake up in the morning and sit on the patio of our...
Feb 22, 2015