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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


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.


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.


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 Rated Riviera Maya Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Adults Only
Puerto Morelos
4.7 / 5
38 reviews
4 stars $604
Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
4.7 / 5
490 reviews
5 stars $378
Barcelo Maya Tropical - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
4.0 / 5
4 reviews
4 stars $292
Barcelo Maya Colonial - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
4.3 / 5
12 reviews
4 stars $292
Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa - All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
4.2 / 5
147 reviews
4 stars $329
Now Jade Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
4.0 / 5
318 reviews
4 stars $283
NEW! Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun - All Inclusive Adults Only
4.0 / 5
8 reviews
5 stars $288
Iberostar Grand Paraiso Adults Only All Inclusive
Playa Maroma
4.5 / 5
55 reviews
5 stars $535
Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
4.0 / 5
288 reviews
4 stars $221
Allegro Playacar - All Inclusive Resort - Playa del Carmen
3.1 / 5
67 reviews
3 stars $197

Featured Riviera Maya Hotels

From $535

1 Iberostar Grand Paraiso Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.5 / 5 55 reviews

Carretera Chetumal - Puerto Juarez, Km. 309

$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...

Great getaway
Had an excellent time, very nice rooms and amenities and friendly staff
May 10, 2015
From $604

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

4 stars
4.7 / 5 38 reviews

Costera Norte, Lote 1, SM 10, Mz 26

$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...

Great trip
Hotel was fantastic and the staff were extremely welcoming and fun! We are planning out next trip to this hotel now.
May 17, 2015
From $378

3 Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 490 reviews

Riviera Maya

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...

good for the money
Was clean and staff was very good and accommodating. food got a little boring. They had shows and activities going on every day. It rained 5 out of the 7 days we stayed don't go the end of May it's...
May 16, 2015
From $251

4 Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 184 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juarez, Km. 309, Playa Paraiso

$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...

Poor service/ Avg accomodations
This stay just was not a great one. The room was fine, but the service was pitiful The food was avg at best, even at the ala carte restaurants. All around, it was not a great experience. I would...
Apr 22, 2015
From $540

5 Desire Resort & Spa- All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.3 / 5 61 reviews

Carretera Cancun - Puerto Morelos, Km. 27.5 sm 12, Mza 41, Lote 1, Fracc.2. Predio Tanchacte

$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...

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

6 Barcelo Maya Tropical - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.0 / 5 4 reviews

Carr. Chetumal - Pto. Juarez Km 266.3

Up to $1,200 Resort Credit and Honeymooners Bonus

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...

Just ok
Rooms-horrible pillows Resort-awesome Food-buffet NOT tasty at all Service-some crew very nice some other even if you tip them still they look like they don't care Overall-for my kid was perfect...
May 16, 2015
From $193

7 Ocean Coral & Turquesa - All Inclusive Resort

4 stars
4.0 / 5 261 reviews

SM.12 Mza15, Lote 1-02,1-03

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...

Cancun 2014
Pleasant All-Inclusive Resort! Not quite in Cancun, but was only a bus ride away. Located in between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Beach at the Resort was bit disappointing though not the clear...
Apr 22, 2015
From $260

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

4 stars
4.0 / 5 29 reviews

Prolongacion Quinta Avenida, Mz 20, LOte 006

SAVE 28%

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...

food was excellent, staff was OK. would recommend to people who do not want to deal with children
Apr 29, 2015
From $239

9 Occidental Grand Xcaret - All Inclusive Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 264 reviews

Ctra. Fed. Puerto Juarez

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...

Amazing resort in jungle setting
Spent three nights here in early March, 2015. Lovely room overlooking the canal which winds its way into the Xcaret ecopark, which adjoins the hotel grounds. The first impression of the hotel and...
Apr 6, 2015
From $357

10 Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 517 reviews

Carretera Federal 387 Chetumal-Cancun Km 299

FREE WiFi and FREE Golf

The Secrets Capri Riviera Resort in Cancun, with its Spanish-style architecture and lavish room decor, is located on 71 acres of oceanfront property in the Riviera Maya. It is an adults-only...

Great Hotel!
My wife and I had a wonderful experence staying at your hotel. We are looking forward to returning in July this year.
Apr 6, 2015
From $372

11 Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 76 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Pto. Juarez Km 266.3

Up to $1,200 Resort Credit and Honeymooners Bonus

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,...

Awesome Experience
The staff was extremely nice & helpful room was clean on arrival and cleaned daily. Beach: Plenty of chairs available along the beach, tons of pool space along side the beach, shower heads...
May 5, 2015
From $280

12 NEW! Royalton Riviera Cancun - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

Carretera Federal 307 Tulum

Enjoy Children's Splash Park + FREE WiFi and MORE!

Royalton resorts are the new generation of luxury hotels offering the best all inclusive vacations in the world's most popular tropical destinations. Our All-In Luxury concept is devoted to...

Our getaway
From time of arrival we fell in love with this resort. Not only the beauty all around but the staff was always so humble and truly amazing to us. Since we arrived they were nothing but welcoming...
May 19, 2015
From $292

13 Barcelo Maya Colonial - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.3 / 5 12 reviews

Carr. Chetumal - Pto Juarez Km 266.3

Up to $3,000 Resort Credit and Honeymooners Bonus

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...

not worth it
NO internet service or cell service - unfriendly and unaccomodating staff - food was just ok
May 14, 2015
From $221

14 Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.0 / 5 288 reviews

Boulevards El Cid Unidad 15

Southwest Sale !

Caribbean resort overlooking Puerto Morelos National Reef ParkHotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort is located only 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport and less than a mile from the...

Fun in the sun
Great place!!! Will return!! Good food and great drinks!! Room was huge and so clean and 100 feet from pool!! Wifi was pricey but worked everywhere in the resort!! One think I wish they would add...
May 10, 2015
From $409

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

5 stars
4.4 / 5 114 reviews

KM 25, Carretera Cancun-Tulum Punta Brava

$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...

Destination Wedding
Great Hotel..Definitely very large resort--plus and minus: easy to get food reservations/drinks at any bar however have to take golf cart to get to certain restaurants,etc
Apr 30, 2015
From $194

16 Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.8 / 5 363 reviews

Carretera Federal Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 300

FREE Wireless Internet

The Blue Bay Group's Mayan Riviera resort, the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda, places guests in a Mexican-Caribbean paradise, framed by Mayan-style thatched roofs with decorative wood carvings accenting...

Good trip
The place was fun an relaxing but the wireless internet was very week
May 6, 2015
From $688

17 Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 509 reviews

Carretera Federal Cancun-Tulum 307, Km. 51, Solidaridad

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...

Awesome trip!
Traveled to Secrets Maroma back in September and decided to go back again! Such a beautiful place, pristine beaches, and amazing staff! Next time cannot come soon enough!
May 3, 2015
From $202

18 NEW! Artisan Senses Riviera Maya - Adults Only

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

Carretera Chetumal - Cancun Km. 315 Lote 71 y 72 Fracc. Playa Paraiso (Entre Grand Mayan Palace e Ib

OPENING SPECIAL Save 50% Off per night

Welcome to Artisan The Handmade Hotel Collection Riviera Maya Get to know a new and luxurious lodging option in the always stunning Riviera Maya, with the undeniable quality and standard that...

From $389

19 Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.3 / 5 434 reviews

Bahia de Petempich SM12 MZ 31

Part of the AMResorts company, "unlimited luxury" is the aim at Secrets Silversands Hotel, an adults-only sanctuary lost in the jade and turquoise peace of the Rivera Maya. Lie back at the Secrets...

We enjoyed our stay, the staff went over and beyond to make each day a new experience. We enjoyed the laying out around the pool and the friendly staff. The night scene was truly something to...
Apr 24, 2015
From $212

20 Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort and Spa - All Inclusive

3 stars
3.3 / 5 9 reviews

Ctra. Chetumal- Cancun km 258.693

2 Kids up to 3 Stay and Eat Free

The Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa is in a class of its spectacular design . It Brings to mind the ancient Mayan Buildings; but at the same time, a modern, minimalist style which...

Great place
Everything about this hotel was amazing. The staff was beyond accomodating. Everyone was so grateful and sweet. The only knocks I have on this place was the front staff in the lobby were kind of...
Dec 8, 2014