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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 Rated Riviera Maya Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
4.7 / 5
458 reviews
5 stars $548
Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
3.4 / 5
7 reviews
4 stars $525
Ocean Coral - All Inclusive Resort
Puerto Morelos
4.0 / 5
236 reviews
4 stars $452
Barcelo Maya Colonial - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
4.2 / 5
5 reviews
4 stars $364
Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex
Playa Maroma
4.1 / 5
167 reviews
4 stars $356
Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Complex
Akumal
4.1 / 5
232 reviews
4 stars $282
Blue Diamond Riviera Maya All Inclusive Adults Only
4.3 / 5
21 reviews
5 stars $654
Occidental Grand Xcaret - All Inclusive
3.8 / 5
246 reviews
4 stars $376
Royal Hideaway Playa del Carmen by Occidental - Adults Only All Inclusive
Playacar
4.6 / 5
95 reviews
5 stars $656
Azulik - Adults Only
Tulum
4.2 / 5
5 reviews
3 stars $229

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 $452

1 Ocean Coral - All Inclusive Resort

4 stars
4.0 / 5 236 reviews

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

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

Hands down on the location
The location was way far from the hotel zone, therefore you could not get any father than the hotel itself. This hotel are for those who just want to relax in a "quiet" place with no city noise....
Feb 24, 2015
From $356

2 Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 167 reviews

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

$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

the worst experience ever
We had stayed in LIndo resort for seven days. We were looking forward to our long awaiting vacation but, unfortunately, the vacation ended up turning into complete disaster. On our first night I...
Feb 23, 2015
From $774

3 Iberostar Grand Paraiso Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.5 / 5 50 reviews

Carretera Chetumal - Puerto Juarez, Km. 309 Map

$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

Perfect Relaxing Trip
I don't like trying new things. I generally stick with what I know, but I'm glad we gave this hotel a try. We will definitely go back! The rooms are great. We stayed in the cheapest room and it was...
Feb 16, 2015
From $376

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

4 stars
4.0 / 5 18 reviews

Prolongacion Quinta Avenida, Mz 20, LOte 006 Map

SAVE 16%

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

Works
Overall we had a great time at Platinum Princess. Enjoyed the food (Italian was amazing), staff and resort. The water was rocky which stinks when you travel to warmer weather to play in the water!
Feb 18, 2015
From $548

5 Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 458 reviews

Riviera Maya Map

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

Amazing
This is the second Exellence resort we have stayed at and no other resort can compare.
Feb 25, 2015
From $364

6 Barcelo Maya Colonial - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.2 / 5 5 reviews

Carr. Chetumal - Pto Juarez Km 266.3 Map

Book Now and Save 25%

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

Worry Free Stay
We've stayed at this resort before and it met our satisfaction again! The staff makes things happen. It's truly a place where once you check-in, you become worry free. It's a place to relax with no...
Feb 24, 2015
From $726

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

4 stars
4.7 / 5 33 reviews

Costera Norte, Lote 1, SM 10, Mz 26 Map

$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

Romantic Sexy Weekend Away
You really can't go wrong here. Other guests are laid back, sexy and friendly. Everyone respects your personal limits from mild to wild.
Jan 28, 2015
From $282

8 Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 232 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Km. 250 Map

Enjoy 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

Just OK
Our visit was a little disappointing. Here are the key points: The hotel was not prepared for the number of people. They were frugal with towels, and there were nowhere near enough pool chairs to...
Feb 23, 2015
From $712

9 Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 486 reviews

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

Up to $400 Resort Credit, USD $50 at Lapis Jewelry

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 $262

10 Grand Residences Riviera Cancun - Luxury Hotel

5 stars
4.8 / 5 5 reviews

Blvd El Cid, Unidad 28 Map

One FREE Roundtrip Transfer Airport - Hotell

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

Absolutelly wonderful experience!
The hotel exceeded my expectations. We were greeted with drinks, a tour, complimentary fruit, several special gifts, and exceptional service upon our arrival. I wished I had booked all of my...
Jan 12, 2015
From $192

11 Mestizo Hotel Boutique

3 stars
4.1 / 5 18 reviews

Carretera Tulum Ruinas- Bocapaila, Lote 10 E Map

15% off per night!

EL MESTIZO HOTEL BOUTIQUE counts with thirty rooms in different modalities, which is a complement of LA CASA DEL MESTIZO. By staying at the hotel, your customers can get intimate with the gifts of... More

Decent experience
My experience with this hotel was just "OK" but I woundn't discourage anyone from staying there *depending on what they are looking for*. If you are OK with just a clean comfortable bed and...
Feb 9, 2015
From $384

12 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 $376

13 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
From $433

14 Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.0 / 5 23 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Pto. Juarez Km 256-100 Map

Pay 1 Enjoy 4 Resorts & FREE WiFi

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

Honeymoon
My husband and I couldn't have asked for more from our honeymoon hotel. We were located right in front of the beach. Staff was very helpful, excellent food and the pools were beautiful. We will...
Feb 13, 2015
From $656

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

5 stars
4.6 / 5 95 reviews

Lote Hotelero No. 1 Map

$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 $549

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

5 stars
4.4 / 5 109 reviews

KM 25, Carretera Cancun-Tulum Punta Brava Map

$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 $163

17 Papaya Playa Tulum Beach Front Hotel

2 stars
2.7 / 5 13 reviews

KM 4 - 5 Carretera Tulum Map

FREE Daily Continental Breakfast

Located in Tulum on the magical Mayan coast of the Caribbean, Papaya Playa is nestled amongst the trees, overlooking the white sand coast of the stunning Caribbean. The hotel caters to the guest... More

Not what was promised, lies.
This "hotel" isn't really a hotel. We reserved a seaside cabaña, a "romantic" room for 2. We called multiple times to confirm our reservation, and have emails confirming our reservation. When we...
Nov 6, 2013
From $313

18 Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.8 / 5 327 reviews

Carretera Federal Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 300 Map

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... More

Just Ok girls trip
The resort is huge so expect a lot of walking. Switched rooms about 3 times due to a/c not working and such but would stay again for the price.
Jan 24, 2015
From $501

19 Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.2 / 5 133 reviews

Carretera Federal 30 Chetumal Puerto Juarez Map

$200 Resort Coupons, $50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry

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

Quick get out of cold trip
Food was frequently cold or just warm in the buffet lines.
Feb 9, 2015
From $470

20 Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.3 / 5 69 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Pto. Juarez Km 266.3 Map

Book Now and Save 25%

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

AWESOME VACATION
We had a great time. the hotel was luxurious. The place is kid friendly. Food was very reasonable, and the variety very good for an all-inclusive deal. Would definitely go back.
Jan 18, 2015