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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.

Travel to Riviera Maya

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 Rated Riviera Maya Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Parayso Tulum Beach Front Hotel and Spa
Tulum
2.7 / 5
21 reviews
2 stars $47
Now Jade Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
4.0 / 5
453 reviews
4 stars $242
Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
4.4 / 5
59 reviews
5 stars $293
Ocean Coral - All Inclusive Resort
Puerto Morelos
3.9 / 5
269 reviews
4 stars $163
Barcelo Riviera Maya All Inclusive Complex
Puerto Aventuras
4.2 / 5
2081 reviews
4 stars $231
Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
4.2 / 5
383 reviews
3 stars $307
Azulik - Adults Only
Tulum
4.3 / 5
3 reviews
3 stars $153
Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive
4.5 / 5
779 reviews
5 stars $319
El Dorado Royale and Casitas Royale, A Spa Resort, Gourmet - Adults Only All Inclusive
4.4 / 5
167 reviews
5 stars $370
Iberostar Grand Paraiso Adults Only All Inclusive
Playa Maroma
4.4 / 5
59 reviews
5 stars $468

Riviera Maya hotel and travel tips from Orbitz

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 $319

1 Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.5 / 5 779 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

Great experience overall
This was our first experience with All-Inclusive so maybe our expectations weren't exactly as they should be. Here's my thoughts. The good: Very small resort so it had a very intimate feel. The...
Jul 14, 2014
From $352

2 Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.3 / 5 662 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

Awesome
Had a wonderful 5 day stay. Staff were all extremely helpful and were focused on making sure your stay was exceeding expectations. Food was great. Pools are fantastic. Beach was nice as well. Would...
Jul 12, 2014
From $383

3 Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 694 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

Great Resort, Murky Beach
We started out with a room with two double beds but with a little persuasion they changed it to a king for our anniversary. The resort was very nice and the service was great. Restaurants had a...
Jul 19, 2014
From $188

4 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 $306

5 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 $200

6 Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.8 / 5 443 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

Great facilities, staff not great
I stayed at this hotel years ago when it had not long opened and so was really excited about going back with my partner. Unfortunately it didn't match up to expectations this time round, it got off...
Jul 11, 2014
From $196

7 Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 206 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juarez, Km. 309, Playa Paraiso Map

20% OFF PER NIGHT

ThisAll Inclusive Complex, where beautiful architecture meets nature to create a perfect balance, is integrated into the tropical landscape by four different hotels, 18-hole golf course, 32,000 SQ... More

Wanna walk?
We stayed at the "Beach" Complex, and it is huge. Getting anywhere is a long walk. The place was well maintained, the grounds and bathrooms, etc.... But the room was not cleaned well each day...
Jun 24, 2014
From $363

8 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.2 / 5 6 reviews

Carretera Cancun-Chetumal KM 72 Map

$1,800 LIMITLESS RESORT CREDIT & 2 KIDS FREE

Deluxe paradise with six pools, salon, beach and full-service spa Combing traditional design, excellent amenities, sophisticated units and Hard Rock hospitality, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya - All... More

A good choice
From the moment we stepped out of the taxi we were treated like valued customers. The whole resort was clean and very well kept. The food was good but not necessarily great. The staff was pleasant...
Jun 30, 2014
From $370

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

5 stars
4.4 / 5 167 reviews

KM 25, Carretera Cancun-Tulum Punta Brava Map

Save 23% off per night!

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

Great Vacation
Had a great time at this resort. The staff is wonderful, everything is very clean, they take great care of you. Was definitely worth it to stay in the Casitas section.
Jul 13, 2014
From $231

10 Barcelo Riviera Maya All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.2 / 5 2081 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

Great time
Great location, enjoyed the staff. Very friendly, enjoyed the beach.
Jul 15, 2014
From $186

11 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 $211

12 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 $265

13 Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa All Inclusive

4 stars
4.3 / 5 480 reviews

Carretera Federal 387 KM 234 Map

Special offer 30% off

Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa transports guests to a utopia of flourishing gardens, soft sand beaches and high-caliber accommodations. Marble flooring is soothing underfoot as you step out of the... More

Relax on the beach
When u walk in you are welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine! Which is great because it takes rough pan hour and a half to get there from the cancun airport. Less than Half the rooms have been...
Jun 1, 2014
From $373

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

5 stars
4.6 / 5 122 reviews

Lote Hotelero No. 1 Map

Summer Sale - SAVE 36%!

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 $565

15 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 $478

16 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 $360

17 El Dorado Seaside Suites- Adults Only, Gourmet All Inclusive

4 stars
4.4 / 5 53 reviews

KM 95 Carretera Cancun-Tulum Kantenah, River Maya Map

Amex Travel Exclusive

Barefoot luxury plus gourmet delights in MexicoEl Dorado Seaside Suites is a romantic beach getaway on the Mexican Riviera Maya, offering a blissful, pampered experience in an idyllic setting. This... More

Great stay...
Had a great stay at EDSS. Food was EXCELLENT for an AI. It is about an hour and 15 minutes south of the airport, so book private transportation.
Jun 16, 2014
From $416

18 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

Great staff
Wonderful staff. Mosquitoes at night will eat you alive bring deet it's the only thing that works.
Jul 22, 2014
From $292

19 Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.1 / 5 17 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Pto. Juarez Km 256-100 Map

Special Offer limited time !

Beachfront, all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya with private beachWith 800 meters of private beach with pristine white sands and green gardens with regional vegetation, Grand Palladium Kantenah... More

Great beach resort!
The rooms were spacious and very nice. The beach was gorgeous with some sandy areas and some rocky areas. Plenty of beach chairs. Lots of food choices at buffet and easy to get into a la carts...
Jun 27, 2014

20 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