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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
Be Tulum Beach and Spa Resort
Tulum
4.7 / 5
17 reviews
4 stars $373
Ocean Coral - All Inclusive Resort
Puerto Morelos
3.9 / 5
213 reviews
4 stars $173
Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive
Puerto Morelos
4.7 / 5
432 reviews
5 stars $430
Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda - All Inclusive
3.8 / 5
320 reviews
4 stars $167
Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya - All inclusive
Bahia Petempich
4.5 / 5
37 reviews
5 stars $674
Hotel Posada 06 Tulum
Tulum
3.8 / 5
9 reviews
3 stars $64
Royal Hideaway Playa del Carmen by Occidental - Adults Only All Inclusive
Playacar
4.6 / 5
90 reviews
5 stars $373
Desire Resort & Spa- All Inclusive Adults Only
Bahia Petempich
4.3 / 5
52 reviews
4 stars $484
Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
4.1 / 5
246 reviews
3 stars $226
Cabanas Tulum Beach Front
Tulum
4.2 / 5
20 reviews
2 stars $174

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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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Featured Riviera Maya Hotels

From $175

1 Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 151 reviews

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

21% off - Book Paraiso Lindo

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

Great Location, Economic Getaway
Great location, 30-40 minutes from airport. Economic getaway, good drink selection, good food. nice facilities.
Sep 20, 2014
From $430

2 Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 432 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

Couples-moon
We recently stayed to celebrate honey-moons. The resort amenities were fabulous. The location was perfect. Our room was beautiful and the housekeeping staff did a great job cleaning and turn down...
Oct 15, 2014
From $221

3 Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites All Inclusive - Adults Only

4 stars
3.8 / 5 5 reviews

Prolongacion Quinta Avenida, Mz 20, LOte 006 Map

Opening Sale - Save 50%

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

Incredible
This new resort is incredible! The staff was super friendly and did everything they could to make sure our stay was perfect. The resort is pristine. The food is really good in the four restaurants,...
Oct 11, 2014
From $342

4 Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 457 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

Pampered!
This is my second vacation at a secrets and I'm sold. Absolutely great stay, beuatiful water and great staff. Really took care of me and my girlfriend. Highly reccomend.
Jul 31, 2014
From $645

5 Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 481 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

Perfect getaway
I traveled alone and just returned from this amazing resort! Plenty of peace, quiet and beauty when I wanted that on the beach! Plenty of activities from the wonderful entertainment crew when I...
Sep 20, 2014
From $149

6 Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 211 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

Great Service and Beautiful Resort
The hotel is huge, so the beach and pool areas were sometimes a bit crowded. Humidity was high so the room smelled musty. After a heavy rain, the ceiling leaked, but it was repaired promptly. Aside...
Sep 11, 2014
From $450

7 Iberostar Grand Paraiso Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.5 / 5 46 reviews

Carretera Chetumal - Puerto Juarez, Km. 309 Map

20% off per night

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

Nice place for couples
Fantastic place. We stayed for 7 nights and oh it's definitely too short time. If you plan to book this place do it at least for 12-14 days
Sep 29, 2014
From $373

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

5 stars
4.6 / 5 90 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

Nice Romantic Getaway
Second time to the hotel and loved it. Got a little busy late in the week and service suffered just a little. Will go back.
Oct 13, 2014
From $497

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

4 stars
4.7 / 5 29 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

Great Time!
I'd vote more than Perfect it doesn't get any better for the staff if I could. The staff will go out of their way to make your trip better if it is within their power to do so. They are so helpful...
Oct 7, 2014
From $409

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

4 stars
3.3 / 5 3 reviews

Carretera Cancn-Chetumal KM 72 Map

$1800 Limitless Resort Credit

All-inclusive, adults-only Puerto Aventuras beachfront retreat Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Heaven All Inclusive- Adults Only invites sophisticated travellers to a beachfront sanctuary that offers... More

Good resort with more potential yet to come
Our trip was 6 days during February/March. We knew the resort was recently renovated but assumed with the name it would be a nice place to stay. We chose the Heaven, adult only side, because we...
Mar 5, 2014
From $188

11 Occidental Grand Xcaret - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.8 / 5 231 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

Very disapointed
Hotell is not 4 star food is not good. U have to reserv Restorant and u may not get it the time y want. And for 11 days u can get 4 reservation on hotell all inclusive the bufet was same food...
Aug 5, 2014
From $432

12 Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.3 / 5 396 reviews

Bahia de Petempich SM12 MZ 31 Map

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

perfect holiday
This was our 4th. Time at this resort. It was again absolutely amazing. The service is exceptional in every way. From the front desk to the pool, to the restaurants. We had the pleasure this time...
Sep 11, 2014
From $208

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

4 stars
3.9 / 5 241 reviews

Boulevards El Cid Unidad 15 Map

45% off per night

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... More

Birthday Getaway
This was my first trip to Mexico and my birthday getaway so my girlfriend wanted to make it special. She suggested that we stay at the Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort as she has been there...
Oct 11, 2014
From $304

14 Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 61 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Pto. Juarez Km 266.3 Map

Up to $3,000 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,... More

Good vacation resort
The hotel and the staff where great! Lost of things to do although some of them in other hotels part of the resort far away. Food is good and the restaurants where good, lovely staff, although you...
Sep 16, 2014
From $240

15 Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.1 / 5 150 reviews

SM 11 MZ9 Lote10 Map

$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

Mayan-inspired Caribbean resort with watersports, unique classesThe Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun is located just 15 minutes from the Cancun International Airport. The resort boasts six international... More

Amazing First Cancun Vacation
This was my first time in Cancun. I stayed at Now Sapphire on referral from two friends who has previously stayed. Hotel was very good. Rooms were very clean and BIG. The refrigerator was stocked...
Aug 26, 2014
From $409

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

5 stars
4.4 / 5 104 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

Great Hotel
Best experience ever. Hotel was very complete and the staff was great.
Aug 5, 2014
From $173

17 Ocean Coral - All Inclusive Resort

4 stars
3.9 / 5 213 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

Great staff
The staff was AMAZING! The hotel is beautiful, food was good, Mexican restaurant was the best, but wait times for dinner were long. The shows were worth going to. The beach was a disappointment,...
Oct 18, 2014
From $213

18 Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya

5 stars
4.5 / 5 38 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

very nice
Excellent hotel, staff, ambiance Hotel is beautiful. Among all the Mayakobas in playa del carmen this is the most family friendly Good food The only downside is the valet parking (only option to...
Aug 4, 2014
From $478

19 Blue Diamond Riviera Maya All Inclusive Adults Only

5 stars
4.3 / 5 16 reviews

Carretera Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km 298 Map

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

Awesome
Great resort! Everything was perfect. Would stay again.
Jul 27, 2014
From $242

20 Now Jade Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa All Inclusive

4 stars
4.0 / 5 291 reviews

Unidad 19, Mz. 20, Lote 1-1, SM 3 Map

FREE Wedding Package + 20% OFF on Spa Treatments

A private beach of pure white sand, endless ocean views, sun-kissed landscapes and decadent spa treatments make Now Jade Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa an absolutely incredible accommodation. This... More

Reasonable value for money
The hotel property is lovely and the amenties (beach, pool, etc.) are very nice. There are good dining options - the specialty restaurants served delicious food. We had the preferred option and the...
Sep 19, 2014