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Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
4.5 out of 5.0 Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen
$543
4.9/5 (51 reviews)

Fantastic hotel. Highly recommend adults only section. Food was overall really good, with slight exception of after hours room service. Bars were all well stocked. Access to parks was a huge perk. Would 100% recommend.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019
La Pasion Hotel Boutique by Bunik
La Pasion Hotel Boutique by Bunik
3.5 out of 5.0 Calle 10 Norte entre 15 y 20, Playa del Carmen
$84
4.6/5 (49 reviews)

The staff were so nice and helpful. The hotel was cute with several hangout options. Our room was small, but nice and clean. We upgraded to a larger room and it was no problem. The hotel was in a convenient location. Short walk to the beach, restaurants, bars. There was a Spanish and Argentinian ...

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2018
Mahekal Beach Resort
Mahekal Beach Resort
4.0 out of 5.0 38 St And The Beach, Playa del Carmen
$238
4.5/5 (139 reviews)

Hotel was lovely and right on the beach and close to 5th Avenue. Couldn’t of asked for a better experience. Beautiful hotel with great food and service and rooms.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda All Inclusive
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5.0 5th Av., Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen
Free Cancellation
$307
4.2/5 (91 reviews)

Building has an issue with no backup generator. we had a blackout issue when heavy rained day. no backup generator, so it was waiting to fix the issue. between the building has so much leaking issue and floor was slippery. Need to improve the leakage and backup generator for safety issue, especially, ...

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019
Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All Inclusive
4.0 out of 5.0 Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Playa del Carmen
Free Cancellation
$259
4.0/5 (262 reviews)

It was a great place to stay. Only thing I can think of bad is that we had to come back home.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2018
Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5.0 Carr Federal 307 Tulum-Cancun Km 332.15, Puerto Morelos
Free Cancellation
$491
4.0/5 (101 reviews)

My family loved our stay and will be going back for sure!!

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019
Ocean Coral & Turquesa - All Inclusive
Ocean Coral & Turquesa - All Inclusive
4.0 out of 5.0 Super manzana 12, Lote 1-05, Puerto Morelos
$324
4.0/5 (373 reviews)

Hotel and staff were great! Would return for another trip in the future.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019
Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
4.0 out of 5.0 Carretera Federal 307, KM 282, Playa del Carmen
Free Cancellation
$232
3.9/5 (352 reviews)

The hotel itself was beautiful. The views were amazing. Lots of wildlife roaming around. My wife didn’t like how far you had to walk to get to anything because the property is so big. Not enough beach chairs at the pools or beach. The ocean pool is nice but you can never get a chair.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2019
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5.0 Carretera Chetumal Pto Juarez km 236.7, Tulum
$376
3.8/5 (47 reviews)

Dreams Tulum is a great little property, nestled on the coastline of Tulum, about 5 miles north of the downtown area. They have three pools and a beachfront area with plenty of sunbeds and palapas for when you need shade. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. If you're laying out by the beach ...

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2019

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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.

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