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Your Riviera Maya vacation

On Mexico's own Riviera, get set to be seduced by the aqua ocean and white sand.  From the catwalk-style beaches of Cancun to the deserted stretches further south, there's a sunset view with your name on it.

Nab a budget flight to Cancun and dance 'til dawn or head down the coast. Scale Mayan ruins, zip-line through the jungle and kiss a dolphin -- all before sunset piña coladas on the beach. Divers and snorkelers, get ready to meet the largest coral reef in the Western Hemi.

Let Orbitz show you the way to your Riviera Maya vacation. Our insiders dish on the best time to go and top attractions, including where to find dolphins, nightlife and sinkholes.

Best time to take a vacation to Riviera Maya

  • Anyone craving sun, a slower pace and plenty to do will find it year-round on the Mayan Riviera. Winter is mild, warm and balmy while summer can be a scorcher with plenty of humidity. Rainy season lasts from May through November, and January and February are dry and cooled by El Norte (northerly winds). Summer and September bring high heat and a chance of hurricanes.

    Expect a surge of vacationers and higher rates at Christmas and Easter. In March, spring breakers shake up the scene in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Travel in the shoulder seasons to balance tan-inducing temps with reasonable rates:  mid-April to mid-June, and October through mid-December.

Insider tips for Riviera Maya travel

  • Swim at the ruins (Tulum)

    Wear your suit under your clothes so you can splash into the cool Caribbean after roaming the seaside ruins in Tulum.

  • Mexican-German beer garden (Playa del Carmen)

    What started as one Berlin man's dream for a beachside sausage shack is now Mannes Biergarten. Find your schnitzel and hausfusel under a thatched roof on 4th Street between 10th and 15th Avenues.

  • Laguna Bacalar

    Little touched by tourism, Laguna Bacalar spans 50 miles through the jungle. Stroll through town and count the colors in the sparkling lake. Dine at Cenote Azul restaurant which sits on the rim of one of the purest cenotes in the Yucatan.

  • Dirty Martini Lounge (Playa del Carmen)

    A mixed crowd, a mix of music and a few skilled mix-masters keep this local's bar interesting and unpredictable. Grown-ups sip specialty martinis and classic cocktails a block from the kids whooping it up on 5th Avenue.

  • Puerto Morelas

    One of the last fishing village holdouts, Puerto Morelas also welcomes tourists and divers. Mingle with loyal clientele over ceviche at Posada Amor, the oldest local restaurant. On most Friday nights, Cantina Habanero's restaurant jams with live music a half block north of town square.

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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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Riviera Maya Vacation Packages

Hotel only $292

1 Now Jade Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa All Inclusive

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

31% off per night

Family-friendly Caribbean beach resort surrounded by mangrovesThe Now Jade Riviera Maya Resort is located minutes from the fishing town of Puerto Morelos and boasts 550 suites in a comfortable, family-friendly setting. It is situated in a protected mangrove area and near... More

Hotel only $660

2 Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

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

All-inclusive adult playground on Maroma Beach with spacious suitesThe Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera sits on the secluded white sands of Maroma Beach. The Travel Channel has voted Maroma Beach as the World's Best Beach for four years. This all-inclusive adult playground... More

Hotel only $471

3 Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

Riviera Maya Map

Special Offer- 10% off per night

Award-winning Riviera Maya resort with swim-up spa, outdoor trailThe Excellence Riviera Cancun is located just one mile from the quaint beach village of Puerto Morelos. The resort boasts six pools, five outdoor Jacuzzis, eight international dining options, 10 bars, a... More

Hotel only $183

4 Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda - All Inclusive

Carretera Federal Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 300 Map

Early Booking Bonus 25% off

Luxury Caribbean beach resort with family and adult amenitiesThe Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda is located 35 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and just minutes from the beach town of Playa del Carmen. The resort sits on 180 acres of beachfront property that... More

Hotel only $444

5 Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

Carretera Federal 387 Chetumal-Cancun Km 299 Map

45% off per night

Romance and opulence at this luxurious all-inclusive resortThe beautiful white beaches, coral reefs, underground rivers, caves and jungles of the Caribbean surround this award-winning Secrets resort. The standard package is the Unlimited-Luxury all-inclusive. It combines... More

Hotel only $518

6 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 a-la-carte restaurants, three bars, a private marina and water sports center.... More

Hotel only $445

7 Generations Riviera Maya All Inclusive

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

Km 45 Carretera Map

Early Booking Bonus 18% off

EL DORADO GENERATIONS RIVIERA MAYA BY KARISMA IS MEXICOS PREMIER ALL NANNY, ALL SUITE, ALL BUTLER BEACHFRONT RESORT WHERE COUPLES, WEDDING PARTIES, AND FAMILES SAVOR A GOURMET INCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE, A VACATIONS THAT FOSTERS TOGETHERNESS. More

Hotel only $240

8 Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya

5 stars
4.5 / 5 37 reviews

Carretera Federal Cancun Map

25% off per night

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, water canals and coastal dunes are all on the property. Boat, electric golf... More

Hotel only $180

9 Occidental Grand Xcaret - All Inclusive

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 beaches, 11 international restaurants and 10 bars. There are 769 spacious suites,... More

Hotel only $455

Adults-only Playa del Carmen resort with six pools, full-service spa The Royal Hideaway Playacar is located minutes from eclectic Playa del Carmen. The resort combines quiet ambiance, luxury amenities and first-class service in an adults-only atmosphere. The resort boasts... More

Riviera Maya highlights

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  • Coastal ruins at Tulum

    While the Yucatan Peninsula is filled with fascinating and well-preserved ruins, none have this beach-side setting. In Tulum, piles of Mayan rubble lead right up to the cliff's edge.

  • Snorkeling

    Plunge into prime snorkeling turf off the shores of Akumal or the miles of living coral surrounding reef-famous Cozumel. Divers dig it, too.

  • Cancun nightlife

    Catch a Vegas-style aerial show at Coco Bongo, where techno beats blare between the acts. Drink and dance at Senor Frog's, or Carlos and Charlie's where dinner fuels the dance floor.

  • Underground water

    Snorkel, swim or dive into a cenote, or join a tour to find holes lining the road from Puerto Morelos to Tulum. Tour the underground river and cave at Rio Secreto where thousands of stalactites drip from the ceiling.

  • Inland ruins

    Once a bustling metropolis for ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itzá holds its own as one of the "7 Modern Wonders of the World." On a smaller scale, find the pre-Columbian pyramids of Cobá smack in the middle of the jungle.

  • Xel-ha, XPLOR and Xcaret

    Spend a day or more at this trio of family-friendly outdoor adventure parks. Swim, snorkel, explore jungle caves or sail through the balmy air on a zip line.

  • Swim with sea creatures

    Count the dolphins, manta rays and whale sharks as your new swim buddies for the day. These adrenaline-pumping experiences for ages 8 and up are a top attraction throughout Riviera Maya.

  • Boating

    Whether it's a ferry to Isla Mujares or Cozumel, a sunset booze cruise off Cancun, or a private yacht chartered for two, nothing beats the breezy feeling of leaving the crowds back on shore and setting off on open waters.

  • Sian Ka'an Biosphere in Tulum

    Nature buffs can glide through a portion of this 1.3 million-acre protected UNESCO World Heritage site by small boat or kayak. Flora, fauna, butterflies and birds fill its mangrove swamps, savannahs and lagoons. Book a tent cabin for the full eco-experience.

  • Playa del Carmen

    This former sleepy beach town is wide awake with boutique hotels, European fashions and cafés. Streets lead down to a shoreline of kite-surfing and beach bars. Pedestrian-only 5th Avenue offers a festive alternative to Cancun's hopping Hotel Zone.