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Excellence Riviera Cancun - Adults Only - All Inclusive

Beautiful resort. Food hit or miss. Entertainment good. Seaweed still continues to be a problem ln the each although they t the y their best to clean it up everyday.

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Nomade Tulum

This was the most wonderful hotel experience. Nomade is a wonderland ! Around every corner is something not beautiful and magical than I ever could have imagined. Our concierge, Mario, was wonderful. He was always happy and friendly , so helpful always. He had amazing food recommendations when we wanted to eat outside of the hotel and helped us book a private taxi to see the Mayan ruins and the Cenotes. When I was sick, Mario and the entire staff was very helpful with doctor and anything I needed. Arturo makes the best tea I’ve ever tasted ! The entire staff of Nomade is very helpful and friendly. Emilio especially was a great waiter ! The bicycles for complimentary use are also very nice, we enjoyed riding those around to the boutiques and shops. The beach was amazing, read many reviews about seaweed (?) but this was not an issue at all! The hotel cleans the seaweed everyday, multiple times a day . Nothing negative to say about this hotel. Yoga classes were great, great food at la popular and macando, and the entire hotel is SO CLEAN. Thank you Nomade for a wonderful , magical, relaxing vacation!

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Ocean Coral & Turquesa - All Inclusive

This was our second stay at the Ocean Coral and we will definitly be back. The resort is kept immaculate and the food was great no complaints. The beach has a seaweed issue but all the resorts in this area have that issue. We knew this coming and it didnt bother is. The beach is great for walking my wife and I would walk 5 kms every morning at sunrise. Had a great stay

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3 days ago


Hilton Playa Del Carmen

OUTSTANDING, the staff really make the experiance. They are so accommodating and there to please you. Beautiful resort and very relaxing

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3 days 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

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.


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.


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.