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Playacar Beach

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Tulum City Center

La Veleta

Playacar Fase I

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Fiesta Inn Playa del Carmen

Mastercuts stay in playa

Hotel was amazing , great location , great staff , good breakfast buffet ! Newer , upkept very well ! Loved the pools on the roof with the bar ! Only thing I didn’t care for was that everything ran by motion detection , so if you weren’t in your room all day the a/c wouldn’t stay on !

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8 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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8 months ago

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Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso All Inclusive

Cocktails by the pool

My wife, our 2 adult daughters, and I just returned from 5 nights at the Iberostar Grand Paraiso in the Mayan Riviera. It was a wonderful experience from the moment we entered the lobby. Upon arrival we were presented with tropical drinks and upgraded from pool view rooms to ocean front views at no additional cost. Being able to enjoy our morning coffee looking at and hearing the Caribbean only a few hundred feet away was amazing. The overall atmosphere of the property was just what we’d hoped for: relaxing, low key, and quiet (the absence of children was fantastic). Part of what created this climate was the outstanding service. Wherever we went on the property, staff members did a stellar job of respecting our privacy while also unobtrusively checking in to see if we needed anything from another drink (“Yes please!”) to assistance with activities or a dinner reservation. While the resort offers activities for guests like rifle shooting, bingo, and fitness classes, we had a fantastic time just sitting by on the beach or by the pool with cocktails delivered by the amazing staff. We were highly impressed with the chef and service staff at the Japanese restaurant Haiku when they made special accommodations to provide my vegetarian daughter with a custom dinner, making the evening special for everyone in our party. Of particular note was the support and care we received from Gonzalo, the head butler of our unit. From making sure we received a customized room setup (dow

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3 months ago

5

Kore Tulum Retreat and Spa Resort -Adults Only-All Inclusive

Excellent Resort!

Everything was excellent! Impeccable facilities! The hotel staff was the nicest we’ve encountered from any where we’ve stayed and we’ve stayed in many places from around the world! This is a 10/10!

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7 months 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.