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Riviera Maya beachfront

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.

Riviera Maya Vacation Packages

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4.4 / 5 62 reviews
  • FREE WiFi,Spa,$50 Credit at Matis+Hacienda Tour
  • FREE WiFi,Spa,$50 Credit at Matis+Hacienda Tour
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$252

Featuring plush accommodations, state-of-the-art amenities and an ideal beachfront location, The Royal Playa Del Carmen Adults Only - All Inclusive welcomes guests to a relaxing escape in Riviera Maya. At this upscale resort, vacationers unwind at SPAzul, an eco-holistic... More

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$252
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4.8 / 5 17 reviews
  • Save 52% Off per night
  • Save 52% Off per night
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$165

The picturesque Gran Porto Real Resort & SPA is on the best location in the heart of Playa del Carmen right ona beautiful, protected stretch of swim-friendly beach, mere steps from Fifth Avenue's shops, clubs and restaurants. Architecturally reminiscent of one of... More

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$165
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4.0 / 5 122 reviews
  • 15% off per night
  • 15% off per night
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$156

The Iberostar Tucan & Quetzal complex combines two all-inclusive resorts in one. The complex is located 45 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and is near Playa del Carmen. The complex boasts tropical jungle gardens, seven restaurants, including two buffets,... More

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3.8 / 5 37 reviews
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  • Save 10% Off per night
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$136

The Aldea Thai Resort and Residences is located 45 minutes from Cancun's International Airport in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen. The hotel borrows heavily from eastern Thai influences with Buddha statues and calm, flowing water. The hotel features pools, a pool... More

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$136
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4.0 / 5 25 reviews
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  • Pay 1 Enjoy 4 Resorts & FREE WiFi
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$192

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$192
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4.5 / 5 637 reviews
  • Daily Newspaper, Bottle of Sparkling Wine & More
  • Daily Newspaper, Bottle of Sparkling Wine & More
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$256

The Valentin brand has been managing family-oriented hotels since 1966, but beachfront hotel Valentin Imperial Maya caters solely to the adult crowd, in the paradise-like setting of Mexico's Riviera Maya. Stroll through quiet gardens or paddle in the free-form pool beside... More

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$256
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4.4 / 5 121 reviews
  • Stay 1 Enjoy 5 Resorts, FREE WiFi & Spa Credit
  • Stay 1 Enjoy 5 Resorts, FREE WiFi & Spa Credit
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$213

The RIU Palace Mexico is located on the beach and just minutes from Playa del Carmen. The resort boasts six international restaurants, five bars, two swimming pools, a children's pool, Jacuzzi, sun loungers and terrace. The Renova Spa has a sauna, steam room, gym and body... More

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$213
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4.6 / 5 454 reviews
  • FREE WiFi, Unlimited Lobster Dinner&Free Int Calls
  • FREE WiFi, Unlimited Lobster Dinner&Free Int Calls
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$284

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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$284
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4.1 / 5 23 reviews
  • FREE Daily American Breakfast + Wi-Fi + Parking
  • FREE Daily American Breakfast + Wi-Fi + Parking
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$163

Vibrant Palm at Playa - Adults Oriented is a boutique hotel that caters to beach lovers and vacationers looking for a getaway in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Situated on 8th Street, between 5th and 10th Avenues, this contemporary, adults-oriented hotel places visitors... More

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$163
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4.1 / 5 43 reviews
  • 30% off per night
  • 30% off per night
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$193

Sandos Riviera Select Club - Adults Only All Inclusive - Playa del Carmen features an array of leisure options for holidaymakers in this hotel near Playa Del Carmen. Guests relax at the loungers, play tennis, work-out at the gym or have fun at the lagoon-style pool which... More

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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.

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