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What travelers to Riviera Maya are saying

We enjoyed the Hotel we stayed at and we enjoyed shopping and the restaurants down town.
Michael K. Apr 2, 2015
great place for a family vacation
Swim-upper Mar 23, 2015

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
Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda - All Inclusive
3.8 / 5
367 reviews
4 stars $279
El Dorado Royale and Casitas Royale a Gourmet Inclusive Resort by Karisma - Adults Only
4.4 / 5
116 reviews
5 stars $419
Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4.0 / 5
31 reviews
4 stars $280
Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya
Mayakoba Playa del Carmen
4.5 / 5
42 reviews
5 stars $226
Barcelo Maya Beach - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
4.2 / 5
1355 reviews
4 stars $305
NEW! Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites All Inclusive - Adults Only
Playa Del Carmen
4.1 / 5
33 reviews
4 stars $250
NEW! Royalton Riviera Cancun - All Inclusive
4.0 / 5
11 reviews
4 stars $300
Barcelo Maya Colonial - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
4.3 / 5
14 reviews
4 stars $305
Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
4.0 / 5
292 reviews
4 stars $316
El Dorado Seaside Suites a Gourmet Inclusive Resort, by Karisma - Adults Only
Puerto Aventuras
4.3 / 5
35 reviews
4 stars $411

Featured Riviera Maya Hotels

From $250

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

4 stars
4.1 / 5 33 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...

Great getaway
Very nice hotel, great food & rooms. Great entretaiment team.
Jun 30, 2015
From $269

2 Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 186 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juarez, Km. 309, Playa Paraiso

$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

The Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex in Riviera Maya is a five-star destination with old-world charm. It has one of the largest pools on the Riviera that is surrounded with Balinese beds and...

Amazing place
Iberostar paraiso lindo is a wonderful All inclusive resort I stayed in “Lindo” in Building 54, which is closer to the beach and facing the pool. The staff is excellent super friendly and polite,...
Jun 8, 2015
From $378

3 Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 496 reviews

Riviera Maya

FREE WiFi, Unlimited Lobster Dinner&Free Int Calls

At Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only All Inclusive Riviera Maya, enjoy the seclusion and 328 yards of white, sandy beaches away from the crowds. Choose either a king-sized bed or two...

Good Honeymoon Location
My wife and I travelled here for our honeymoon- had the money to stay in an excellence club room- well worth the money if you can swing it- we were given access to a vip beach area, so no endless...
Jun 20, 2015
From $413

4 Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.2 / 5 149 reviews

Carretera Federal 30 Chetumal Puerto Juarez

$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,...

Great place to relax and unwind
The hotel was great very clean, beautiful pool, great relaxing area, couches, jacuzzi, great food, and excellent hospitality from the employees.
Jun 19, 2015
From $300

5 NEW! Royalton Riviera Cancun - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.0 / 5 11 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...

Nice resort but still needs some work.
The Royalton Rivera is aesthetically pleasing, but it still needs some work starting with their check-in procedure. My self and others had to wait upwards of 4 hours for our rooms to be available....
Jun 30, 2015
From $393

6 Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa All Inclusive

4 stars
4.3 / 5 305 reviews

Carretera Federal 387 KM 234

30% off per night

Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa All Inclusive Riviera Maya is situated near the ancient ruins of Coba and Tulum. The resort was featured on ABC’s “The Bachelor in Paradise” and...

Honeymoon trip
My wife & I absolutely loved every minute of our stay! The staff were very helpful & super nice. We hope to come back to this beautiful place some day.
Apr 26, 2015
From $385

7 Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 77 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,...

Barcelo Palace
We stay here every year. Hotel is great and very nice location. Takes forever to check in. Very slow service. Same food everyday for last 7 years. Hotel added few additions, water park and you can...
Jun 27, 2015
From $533

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

4 stars
4.7 / 5 39 reviews

Costera Norte, Lote 1, SM 10, Mz 26

$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

Ideal for couples on their honeymoon or lovers in search of a romantic getaway, Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Adults Only is a clothing optional resort featuring...

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 $420

9 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Heaven All Inclusive- Adults Only

4 stars
3.8 / 5 9 reviews

Carretera Cancn-Chetumal KM 72

SAVE 20% + Up to 2500 usd in Resort Credit

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Heaven All Inclusive- Adults Only invites sophisticated travellers to a beachfront sanctuary that offers stylish accommodations exuding the rock and roll vibe,...

Fun girls trip
My main complaints about the stay was the location as well as the food selection. I was disappointed that there was not a full beach at the hotel, more of just a cove. I also think the food...
Apr 22, 2015
From $556

10 Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 509 reviews

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

If you’re looking for a sensuous experience in paradise, look no further than the Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive, in Riviera Maya. Each of the 412 rooms at...

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 $418

11 Royal Hideaway Playacar - All Inclusive Adults Only Resort

5 stars
4.6 / 5 104 reviews

Lote Hotelero No. 1

$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...

Traveling on a whim!
My husband and I decided to travel for our 36th anniversary in Oct of 2014! I picked this place on a whim off a travel site because it was not too big and had mostly good reviews....We absolutely...
Jun 20, 2015
From $441

12 Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.3 / 5 437 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...

Great getaway
Everything at the Secrets was great. they have an awesome staff so willing to accommodate. It is far off the beaten path. We didn't leave the resort, but if we had a longer stay, we might have.
Jun 8, 2015
From $541

13 Iberostar Grand Paraiso Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.5 / 5 57 reviews

Carretera Chetumal - Puerto Juarez, Km. 309

$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

The Iberostar Grand Paraiso is a five-star, all-inclusive luxury resort for adults aged 18 and older. The resort features grand architecture with details such as breathtaking fountains, lush...

Anniversary trip
My wife and I stayed here this past week to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and are happy to say it exceeded our lofty expectations. The staff, especially Victor our butler, was tremendous....
Jun 24, 2015
From $392

14 Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 518 reviews

Carretera Federal 387 Chetumal-Cancun Km 299

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...

Relaxing Anniversary trip
Perfect getaway! We were celebrating our 11 wedding anniversary and just wanted some R&R. This was perfect! Great food, relaxing beach and pool and the room was an oasis!!!
Jun 8, 2015
From $664

15 Blue Diamond Riviera Maya All Inclusive Adults Only

5 stars
4.3 / 5 21 reviews

Carretera Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km 298

The Blue Diamond Riviera Maya is an elegant, 5-star resort set in a luxurious tropical-jungle setting. The resort has three a-la-carte restaurants, three bars, a private marina and water sports...

Very good hotel for relaxation
Everything was superb! There are not a lot of activities like in other resorts: no animation team, to nightly entertainment and such. But you do't need it here. This is a place to relax, spend very...
Feb 23, 2015
From $239

16 Occidental Grand Xcaret - All Inclusive Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 267 reviews

Ctra. Fed. Puerto Juarez

Up to $920 credits + much more!

The Occidental Grand Xcaret offers direct access to the ecological park, Xcaret. The resort boasts stretches of white sand beaches, 11 international restaurants and 10 bars. There are 769 spacious...

Good family trip
Stayed here for a week. Staff was friendly and the resort was great. We enjoyed the man made beach inlet.
Jun 11, 2015
From $540

17 Desire Resort & Spa- All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.3 / 5 63 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

Desire Resort & Spa offers a one-of-a-kind, erotic experience for vacationers looking to explore their voyeuristic sides. The resort boasts a clothing-optional atmosphere where couples can...

Second trip just as great as the first!
We stayed for 8 nights in 2014 and came back for 10 in 2015. Both stays were excellent! I can't say enough about the excellent service. Already planning our next trip back.
Jun 4, 2015
From $402

18 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.4 / 5 16 reviews

Carretera Cancun-Chetumal KM 72

$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

Combing traditional design, excellent amenities, sophisticated units and Hard Rock hospitality, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya - All Inclusive provides travelers with a unique luxury experience. This...

awesome family wedding location
We loved the Hard Rock. Lots of food options, easily able to go between the Heaven and Hacienda sides. Make sure you go off the resort to see the cenotes.
Jun 7, 2015
From $113

19 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 $226

20 Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya

5 stars
4.5 / 5 42 reviews

Carretera Federal Cancun

Complimentary Water Sports & 2 Kids FREE

The Fairmont Mayakoba in Riviera Maya offers guests the opportunity to experience nature: Mangroves, tropical forests, lagoons, water canals and coastal dunes are all on the property. Boat,...

Family Vacation
This hotel was fantastic, other than the weather being hit or miss on the trip, the accommodations were excellent, especially at the rate we booked. I would highly recommend this hotel to everyone.
Jul 1, 2015