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Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5.0
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen
4.8 out of 5 (26 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Xplor Theme Park and Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal and ...

Very friendly Close to the beach 10 min from 5th Avenue Shuttle to all parks Very convenient I would def be back soon!!!
   Jul 25, 2018
Excellence Riviera Cancun - Adults Only - All Inclusive
5.0 out of 5.0
Carr. Federal 307 Chet-Pto. Juarez, Puerto Morelos
4.7 out of 5 (542 reviews)

Secluded from the crowds but only 25 minutes from the action of both Cancún and Playa del Carmen, this adults only all-inclusive resort lies along 300 meters ...

Really nice hotel.....worth every penny you spend! Really great resort. The food was great. The staff was amazing and very helpful and entertainment every night was a nice touch too.
   Jul 6, 2018
Grand Velas Riviera Maya - All Inclusive
5.0 out of 5.0
Carretera Cancún-Tulum KM 62, Playa del Carmen
4.9 out of 5 (67 reviews)

Located 5 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen, 2 miles (3.2 km) from El Camaleon Golf Club and 2.7 miles (4.4 km) from Grand Coral Golf course, this All-Inclusive ...

True luxury at a small costs We've been to this hotel 6 times and it's hard to go anyhwehre else because the luxury and service is unparalleled.
   Feb 28, 2018
Azulik
3.5 out of 5.0
Carretera Tulum-Ruinas Km. 5, Tulum
4.3 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Tulum hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tulum Mayan Ruins and Tulum National Park. Gran Cenote and Muyil Ruins are also within 20 mi ...

A different experience from a conventional hotel If you want to relax and walkaway from modern life for a little while this is your place. If you are not adventurous after 3 nights you will start missing regular showers (its all saltwater and bathtubs) and electric lights (its all candles) however, the first 3 nights are magical especially in the ...
   Mar 5, 2017
Desire Riviera Maya Resort All Inclusive - Couples Only
4.0 out of 5.0
Carretera Puerto Morelos KM 27.5, Puerto Morelos
4.4 out of 5 (61 reviews)

This resort caters strictly to adult couples who enjoy an alternative sexual lifestyle; it is set on the beach in Puerto Morelos, 35 km (22 miles) from Cancún's ...

Carefree Fun Amazing hotel and facilities. Nightly activities even more fun. No better place for a relaxing getaway.
   Apr 10, 2018
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun All Inclusive
5.0 out of 5.0
Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal-Cancún, Playa del Carmen
4.6 out of 5 (474 reviews)

This Playa del Carmen resort is on the beach, 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Maroma Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of El Manglar Golf Course and El Camaleon Golf Club. ...

Beautiful! Best service we have ever received. Hotel is clean and beautiful. Food was the best we have ever had at an all-inclusive. If you are looking for a party atmosphere, this is not the hotel for you. It’s more romantic and relaxed. Would absolutely recommend this hotel to friends and hop to go back again ...
   Aug 5, 2018
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5.0
Km 72, Carretera Cancun-Chetumal, Puerto Aventuras
4.4 out of 5 (36 reviews)

Located in Puerto Aventuras, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dolphinaris Riviera Maya Park, Oasis Beach, and Puerto ...

Week in paradise My husband and I have traveled through out Mexico the last few years and this resort is one that we will continue to go to over and over again. We just got back from our first visit and this resort is fun for all ages. The food is wonderful. Many resorts we have gone to require you to go into a restaurant ...
   Mar 4, 2018
Catalonia Privileged Maroma - All Inclusive
4.0 out of 5.0
Carretera Federal 307 Km.306-250, Playa del Carmen
4.1 out of 5 (128 reviews)

Located in Playa del Carmen, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk, 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Maroma Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of El Manglar Golf Course ...

Nice hotel! Nice hotel! I love the food in the restaurant a la carte, but Adelitas was really dissapointed I´m mexican and thats no mexican food and the taste is bad, we go just 1 day and never back. The staff is great only one issue with Juan at the grill. I think the pool need some game for kids.
   Jul 30, 2018
Ocean Coral & Turquesa - All Inclusive
4.0 out of 5.0
Super manzana 12, Lote 1-05, Puerto Morelos
4.0 out of 5 (341 reviews)

Located in Puerto Morelos, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Crococun Zoo, Ojo de Agua Beach, and Puerto Morelos ...

Nice ... Nice hotel, but please try to do something with the beach.. i know you guys are working on it.. but we missed the beach water..... 😪
   Aug 6, 2018
Grand Bahia Principe Tulum - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5.0
Crta Chetumal - Cancun Km 250, Akumal
3.5 out of 5 (27 reviews)

The Grand Bahia Principe Tulum overlooks a lovely beach with turquoise blue water. Many sights are a short drive away. With only 20 minutes to Tulum, 35 to Playa ...

Good for the price, far from free of frustration The property itself is beautiful and very well kept. The rooms are a good size, very clean, no repairs needed. No ocean view at the majority of the rooms. And the “stocked mini bar” only means they put sodas and beer in a refrigerator for you. You can also get some chips (a couple tiny bags) if you ...
   Nov 12, 2017
Now Jade Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa All Inclusive
4.0 out of 5.0
Unidad 26, Puerto Morelos
4.0 out of 5 (281 reviews)

Located in Puerto Morelos, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of Ojo de Agua Beach, Puerto Morelos Reef, and San Jose Catholic ...

Great venue! Very nice resort. Restaurants and buffet were top notch and the drinks were plentiful and you couldn't ask for a nicer staff. The biggest draw back were the amount of kids everywhere. We would of booked in the preferred area if we had known about kids in the swim up bar area. Minus that we really ...
   Dec 27, 2017
Elements Tulum Boutique Hotel
4.0 out of 5.0
Calle Sol Oriente entre Avenida Coba, Tulum
4.5 out of 5 (13 reviews)

This family-friendly Tulum hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Tulum National Park and Tulum Mayan Ruins. Playa Ruinas and Gran Cenote are ...

Nice hotel on outskirts of centralTulum Positives: Huge room, some with balconies; friendly staff; free breakfast and free bicycles Cons: open concrete building so sound really travels, smooth stone floors could contribute to slips whe wet
   Mar 7, 2018
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Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya All Inclusive - Adults Only

Great Trip

This was our third time to Secrets Akumal (after visiting other Secrets resorts for 10 years....), and this is our favorite! Food is amazing (I will reiterate from last year's review....don't miss the shrimp crepes in the French restaurant). Every restaurant was over and above. Love the breakfast buffet at the Market Cafe, and the Sunday coconut drinks were an added treat this year, although we missed the daily burger grill!! The service is totally amazing. Santos in the Preferred Club was super for the second year (yes, Preferred Club is worth it at this Secrets, if you can swing it), Abraham as a server on the beach was incredible, Cesar was a great beach concierge, and Karen was an amazingly attentive concierge for our building (4). The sea grass was minimal, but on the days that it washed up, the Secrets crews had it cleaned up by noon. Able to snorkel with some amazing turtles and beautiful fish right off the beach. Only negative was the tourists that occupied the beach close to the surf. I understand that the beach is "open" and that the snorkeling is great there, but I like Maroma more for the beach experience. The Beach Bouncers did a great job of keeping the "town tourists" away from our beach, even stopping someone from trying to put a dirty diaper in the Secrets trash! Those guys were incredible, always eyeing people who were "interloping". Rooms, as always, were great every day. Just as a note, these people don't earn much money each month for the great service

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3 weeks ago

5

Piedra Escondida

Great stay!

Our stay at Piedra Escondida was a great! What I like most about it was it's small size. There are only nine units so you never feel crowded. It's a nice location along the main beach strip in Tulum. Our room was very comfortable with great hot water for showers. The beach area is beautiful although when we were there, too much seaweed for swimming even thought hotel employees work hard to clear it every morning. No problem, there is a nice public beach that didn't have seaweed, right around the cove so a minute walk. I would definitely stay here again!

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4 months ago

4

Elements Tulum Boutique Hotel

Nice hotel on outskirts of centralTulum

Positives: Huge room, some with balconies; friendly staff; free breakfast and free bicycles Cons: open concrete building so sound really travels, smooth stone floors could contribute to slips whe wet

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5 months ago

4

Catalonia Privileged Maroma - All Inclusive

Nice hotel!

Nice hotel! I love the food in the restaurant a la carte, but Adelitas was really dissapointed I´m mexican and thats no mexican food and the taste is bad, we go just 1 day and never back. The staff is great only one issue with Juan at the grill. I think the pool need some game for kids.

A verified traveler

2 weeks ago

Pro tips from our travel blog: Everything you need to know for a perfectly rewarding trip to Riviera Maya

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.