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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.

More on Riviera Maya from the Orbitz Blog

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

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1 Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.1 / 5 115 reviews

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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, honeymooners and families with children. From Club Presidential Suites with views... More

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2 Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 150 reviews

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3 Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 421 reviews

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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 excursion on pristine white sands before floating in the clear nearby waters. The... More

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4 Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 457 reviews

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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 all-inclusive hotel that offers relaxation, delectable cuisine and picturesque... More

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5 Occidental Grand Xcaret - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.8 / 5 231 reviews

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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

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6 Hotel Hacienda Morelos

3 stars
3.8 / 5 15 reviews

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The best hotel in town zone in front of the second large coral reef barrier world wide.All hotel rooms 100% ocean view. The hotel also provides free wi-fi conection at the main lobby and reception. all rooms 100% non smoking More

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7 Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites All Inclusive - Adults Only

4 stars
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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 finest expression, with an unbeatable location in front of the crystal... More

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8 Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 59 reviews

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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, experience the region's culture firsthand in the Mayan steam bath or... More

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9 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.3 / 5 8 reviews

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$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 Inclusive provides travelers with a unique luxury experience. This Riviera... More

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

4 stars
3.3 / 5 3 reviews

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15% off per night

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 stylish accommodations exuding the rock and roll vibe, world-class dining... 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.