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Riviera Maya city guide

Point your compass straight down the coast on Highway 307 and arrive at the Riviera Maya. Don scuba gear for adventures inside underwater coves, get your sun tan on white sand beaches like Maroma and Paraiso, and immerse yourself in tropical resorts. Notable archeological remains of the ancient Mayan world include the ruins at Tulum, which are situated on top of tall cliffs, while Mexico's Riviera Maya houses historic villages like Coba, along with many Catholic churches. Residents maintain a healthy respect for their heritage while embracing modernization and improvements in the local infrastructure.

Navigating the Mayan Coast

Canc£n International Airport (CUN) is the most common entry point to the Riviera. Stay nearby to catch a big football (soccer) match, chow down on some fresh papaya or learn to snorkel in the clear waters. Then when you?ve had your fill of mingling in the local bars and clubs, it's time to head down the highway with a rental car for a spontaneous day trip. Playa del Carmen is only a short 25-mile drive from Canc£n, and it's a great place to enjoy less crowded white sand beaches. And driving the northern part of the highway allows for easy access to the ruins around the shorelines at Akumal and Bah¡a de Punta Soliman. If you somehow manage to tire of the sun and surf in the Mayan Riviera, the highway routes make it easy to reach Mayan pyramids like Palenque and the inland jungles.

Where to stay

In Canc£n and cities like Playa del Carmen you can expect lavish beachside resorts. There are also luxurious boutique options like the Cache hotel in Tulum for those seeking a more personalized approach, while the all-inclusive complexes are great value for money. Families can sometimes benefit from ?kids go free? offers and the facilities generally offer amenities ranging from spas to swimming pools and proximity to 5-star restaurants.


Things to see and do

Ecological parks

Riviera Maya isn't all archeological relics and beaches, although these are abundant for time-traveling or stretching out on soft sands. There are numerous ecological parks and nature reserves to visit, such as Xel-Ha and Xcaret Parks, where jaguars prowl and exotic birds soar, and guests can pet aquatic rays, dart among the waves with dolphins, explore protected areas and even go cliff-diving.

Activities

Escape the heat with caving for a few hours, or take a swim. If you're not quite ready to commit to scuba lessons, there are tons of places where you can see amazing sights while snorkeling, including Coz and Puerto Morelos. Gaze at the many endangered species that make their home in these untamed areas.

Relaxation

The Mayan Riviera is an ideal place to take advantage of a healing massage or play a round of golf at a course that embraces the exotic features of the region, including the Riviera Maya Golf Club and the Playa Mujeres.


Food and drink

Don't get so caught up in the excitement that you forget to enjoy the local flavors. While you could experience traditional Mexican cuisine, why not try authentic Argentinian, Italian and French tastes too? Many of these influences were originally brought to the area by internationals who decided to adopt Quintana Roo as their permanent home years ago.

Oh Lala is an intimate and warm eatery where hungry guests can gobble lobsters, meat and salads. The Caribbean/French-influenced Pavo Real by the Sea offers a fine rack of lamb or mixed seafood risotto.

Recently booked Riviera Maya hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda - All Inclusive 49 minutes ago 4 stars $200
Barcelo Riviera Maya All Inclusive Complex
Puerto Aventuras
1 hour ago 4 stars $279
Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive 4 hours ago 5 stars $438
Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa All Inclusive
Tulum
5 hours ago 4 stars $367
Hotel Hacienda Morelos
Puerto Morelos
5 hours ago 3 stars $98
Cabanas Tulum Beach Front
Tulum
6 hours ago 2 stars $194
Now Jade Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
7 hours ago 4 stars $325
Iberostar Grand Paraiso Adults Only All Inclusive
Playa Maroma
10 hours ago 5 stars $517
Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Adults Only
Puerto Morelos
10 hours ago 4 stars $497
Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya
Mayakoba Playa del Carmen
17 hours ago 5 stars $186

Recently Rated Riviera Maya Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
4.7 / 5
692 reviews
5 stars $436
Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda - All Inclusive
3.8 / 5
442 reviews
4 stars $200
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive
4.6 / 5
866 reviews
5 stars $694
Royal Hideaway Playa del Carmen by Occidental - Adults Only All Inclusive
Playacar
4.6 / 5
122 reviews
5 stars $455
Allegro Playacar - All Inclusive - Playa del Carmen
Playacar
3.4 / 5
69 reviews
3 stars $296
Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
4.2 / 5
383 reviews
3 stars $345
Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
4.4 / 5
57 reviews
5 stars $372
The Beach Tulum - Adults Only
Tulum
4.5 / 5
2 reviews
3 stars $300
Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
3.9 / 5
312 reviews
4 stars $231
Las Ranitas Eco Boutique Hotel
Tulum
3.5 / 5
2 reviews
$179

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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.

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From $438

1 Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.5 / 5 778 reviews

Carretera Federal 387 Chetumal-Cancun Km 299 Map

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... More

May Stay
The resort was beautiful. My family and I had four rooms and each one was perfect. My grandmother who is 88 years old traveled with us and the staff bent over backwards to make sure she was...
May 20, 2014
From $311

2 Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 291 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Km. 250 Map

2 Kids under 12 years FREE & Children's Water Park

One of 24 five-star beach resorts operated by Grupo Pinero's Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, the Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya affords adventurers easy access to a number of ancient Mayan... More

Fantastic Family Vacation
We just returned from a FABULOUS family vacation (end of June 2014). COBA: It's a little far from the Cancun airport but Canada Transfer was excellent. Be prepared to pay $140 in cash for the cost...
Jul 2, 2014
From $694

3 Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 866 reviews

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

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

Getaway
A fantastic stay. The entire experience was wonderful. The food was unexpectedly splendid....for an all inclusive. Also, grey goose included in the alcohol selection. I'd definitely go back!
Jul 7, 2014
From $379

4 Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.1 / 5 169 reviews

Carretera Federal 30 Chetumal Puerto Juarez Map

$200 USD Resort Coupons

The Dreams Resorts & Spas brand is beloved by global travelers for its all-inclusive vacations. This Riviera Cancun property in Mexico provides first-class accommodations for singles,... More

Great Hotel. Off beaten path, great for families
This was by far the nicest hotel i've stayed in anywhere close to Cancun. I usually stay close to the strip but this trip was for a wedding and I must say I loved the hotel, food was A+ for a...
Apr 18, 2014
From $422

5 Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.3 / 5 661 reviews

Bahia de Petempich SM12 MZ 31 Map

Up to $400 USD Resort Credit + WiFi, Golf & more

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... More

great vacation
Secrets Silver Sands was great, with a few minor exceptions. The room, pools, restaurants, food, drinks, and for the most part the staff were exceptional. The only minor glitch was at check in. We...
Jun 17, 2014
From $186

6 Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya

5 stars
4.5 / 5 69 reviews

Carretera Federal Cancun Map

$100 USD Nightly Food and Beverage Credit

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

From $436

7 Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 692 reviews

Riviera Maya Map

Free Wi Fi & Unlimited Lobster Dinner

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

Couples Retreat
Love this place! 7th time there and will absolutely come back for 7 more!
Jul 9, 2014
From $200

8 Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.8 / 5 442 reviews

Carretera Federal Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 300 Map

Early Booking Bonus 25% off

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... More

Could have been better...
Front-desk associate was rude when I checked in, however all the other staff were friendly. Hotel "shuttle" needs to improve on their availability as it does not run conveniently and some walks are...
Jul 8, 2014
From $227

9 Occidental Grand Xcaret - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.8 / 5 371 reviews

Ctra. Fed. Puerto Juarez Map

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

Heaven
It is really comfortable. You feel so relaxed. The staff is really nice and attentive. I would definitely recommend the hotel.
Jun 30, 2014
From $455

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

Grate Vacations
This place is nice love it grate vacations my wife and I will come back to this place
Jul 7, 2014
From $399

11 El Dorado Royale and Casitas Royale, A Spa Resort, Gourmet - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 166 reviews

KM 25, Carretera Cancun-Tulum Punta Brava Map

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

For an okay time tip a lot.
The room was great and the grounds beautiful. Visually it was everything I had hoped for. Unfortunately, how the staff treats you is based on how much you tip. If you do not tip you are all but...
Jun 15, 2014
From $478

12 Blue Diamond Riviera Maya All Inclusive Adults Only

5 stars
4.2 / 5 15 reviews

Carretera Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km 298 Map

Ocean Snorkel+ Free WiFi & Calls+ Temazcal+ Golf

Serene sanctuary for grown-ups, with spa, rainforest and water sports The Blue Diamond Riviera Maya is an elegant, 5-star resort set in a luxurious tropical-jungle setting. The resort has three... More

Wonderful Stay
This was our second stay at Blue Diamond. The staff are wonderful and the property is beautiful. We'll be back again.
Apr 4, 2014
From $520

13 Generations Riviera Maya All Inclusive

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

Km 45 Carretera Map

FREE Upgrade to One Bedroom Oceanfront

All-inclusive, all-gourmet, all-suites beachfront property Boasting sophisticated suites, gourmet cuisine, excellent butler service and a strategic location along a secluded beach, Generations... More

From $296

14 Allegro Playacar - All Inclusive - Playa del Carmen

3 stars
3.4 / 5 69 reviews

Lote hotelero No.7 Map

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

Just Right
For the price you really can't beat this. The beach is superb as are the grounds and cabanas. At some resorts everything is very crammed together but the layout here makes you feel like you have...
Apr 28, 2014
From $194

15 Cabanas Tulum Beach Front

2 stars
4.2 / 5 28 reviews

Carretera Cancun-Tulum Bocapaila Km 7 Map

FREE Daily Full Breakfast + FREE Kids

Cabanas Tulum Hotel is located on a wide stretch of beautiful Tulum beach, surrounded by coconut trees and the turquoise sea. Its the perfect place to relax and reunite with nature. Tulum is... More

Wonderful Stay!
We stayed at the Cabanas Tulum for five nights. It is the perfect hotel to relax and unplug. The decor is simple and the furnishings sparse with a organic quality. The room and shower are large and...
Jan 22, 2014
From $416

16 Desire Resort & Spa- All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.3 / 5 64 reviews

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

FREE One Sensual Massage

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

relaxation plus
The landscaping and buildings were beautifully done with attention to detail, staff was very professional and helpful, the food was great! Guests were easygoing and fun, no pushiness or pressure....
Apr 26, 2014

17 Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites All Inclusive - Adults Only

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

Prolongacion Quinta Avenida, Mz 20, LOte 006 Map

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

From $84

18 Hotel Posada 06 Tulum

3 stars
4.0 / 5 8 reviews

Calle Andromeda Oriente, Manzana 10 - Lote 17 Map

50% off per night

Hotel Posada 06 is a new hotel opened in August 2008 . It is built in Mexican style and has 12 comfortable rooms with a patio or a terrace on two floors. The swimming pool area includes a hydro... More

Great location, cozy, friendly staff
Had a great time. Wanted to save a little money instead of going to the all-inclusive and still be comfortable, and this place was perfect. Would definitely go back
May 25, 2014
From $279

19 Barcelo Riviera Maya All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.2 / 5 2080 reviews

Carretera Chetumal- km 266.3 Map

Club Premium Special Sale - 30% off

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

Awesome Resort
Best value for the money! Eager to please staff, clean facility, great food and drink. I highly recommend.
Jul 3, 2014
From $300

20 The Beach Tulum - Adults Only

3 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

Road Tulum-Boca Paila km7 ' Zona Hotelera, Mexico, Tulum 77780 Map

Save 10% off per night Book 4 or more nights

The Beach Tulum is a small upscale boutique eco-hotel located next door to our sister hotel Cabanas Tulum, along a beautiful stretch of pristine beach. Our Tulum Hotels are located on one of the... More

A Place to Disconnect and Re-Connect
Everything about this beachfront paradise was perfect. The staff is amazing and genuinely kind. The rooms overlook the beach and you fall asleep to the waves and ocean breezes, waking up to aqua...
Jul 4, 2014