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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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Hotels

From $250

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

4 stars
4.0 / 5 32 reviews

Prolongacion Quinta Avenida, Mz 20, LOte 006 Map

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

From $369

2 The Royal Playa del Carmen Adults Only - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.4 / 5 59 reviews

Av. Constituyentes 2, Quinta Avenida Map

FREE WiFi,Spa,$50 Credit-Lapis Jewelry

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

From $290

3 Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.8 / 5 23 reviews

Avenida Constituyentes 1 Map

FREE Wi-Fi + Parking

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

From $365

4 Valentin Imperial Maya- Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.5 / 5 741 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juarez Map

$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

With a private white-sand beach that stretches for almost half a mile, Valentin Imperial Maya Adults Only All Inclusive in Playa Del Carmen is great for people who are looking to get away on the Mayan Riviera while still being conveniently located near Cancun. The resort... More

From $269

5 Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 186 reviews

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

$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

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 swans greet your arrival, while traditional thatched roofs reveal... More

From $200

6 Ocean Coral & Turquesa - All Inclusive Resort

4 stars
4.0 / 5 272 reviews

SM.12 Mza15, Lote 1-02,1-03 Map

1 Bottle onf wine,Buttler services, WiFi and more

The resort is large enough that rooms can be pretty spread out; upgrading to one of the Master Suites may allow easier access to the ocean.Switch to a Privilege Suite to feel like a celebrity, and take advantage of personal butler service during peak vaca GeneralOcean... More

From $191

7 Ocean Maya Royale - Adults Only All Inclusive

4 stars
3.8 / 5 56 reviews

Carretera Federal Chetumal, Km. 299 Map

10% off on Spa Services + Romantic Dinner

The Ocean Royale is located close to Playa del Carmen. The resort was refurbished in 2010 and features more than 300 rooms and suites, three themed restaurants, the Despacio Spa Center, four meeting rooms, two pools, a disco, a theater and a terrace overlooking the... More

From $258

8 Catalonia Royal Tulum Beach Resort - All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.3 / 5 273 reviews

Carretera Chetumal - Cancun 264.5 Xpuha, Map

$10 Spa Credit, WiFi, $50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry

The Catalonia Royal Beach & Spa Resort is near the Tulum Mayan ruins and Playa del Carmen. It is an all-inclusive and adults-only resort. The 288 villas, mid-sized resort offers guests relaxation on a beautiful Caribbean strip of beach. Nature lovers enjoy the lush... More

From $378

9 Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 496 reviews

Riviera Maya Map

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 double beds in your spacious, Mediterranean-inspired suite, which includes a... More

From $144

10 The Palm at Playa - Adults Oriented

4 stars
4.1 / 5 23 reviews

8th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue, Col Downtown Map

FREE Daily American Breakfast + Wi-Fi + Parking

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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  • 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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