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The Riviera Maya on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is a relaxing mix of picture-perfect tropical beaches, stylish resorts, breathtaking aquatic wonders and some of the most popular archeological sites in Mexico.
The resort town of Playa del Carmen is a great place to begin your Riviera Maya adventure and offers superb beaches, dining and nightlife. From Playa, hop on a ferry to Cozumel, an island endowed with a rich history, world-renowned dive sites and lush jungles.
Cozumel’s main town, San Miguel, is home to the Museum of the Island of Cozumel (Museo de la Isla de Cozumel), an excellent place to learn about the island’s Mayan past as well as the evolution of the surrounding marine park.
Head to Cozumel’s south where, in the Chankanaab National Park, you can explore extensive botanical gardens, swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery and unwind in one of the many health spas.
Further south from Chankanaab is the relaxing Palancar Beach, where the water is clear and calm enough to spot fish from the shore.
Head to Punta Sur Ecological Park on the island’s southern tip, to see this stunning ecological reserve featuring more than 200 bird species, crocodiles, giant turtles and an ancient Mayan observatory.
For more impressive archaeological sites, head back to the mainland to Chichen Itza and the Tulum Mayan Ruins. At over 1,000 years old, the wondrous ruins of Chichen Itza showcase the architectural feats of the Mayan and Toltec cultures. The Tulum Mayan Ruins are perched high on a dramatic stretch of Caribbean coastline.
At the Kantun-Chi ecological park, swim, snorkel and dive spectacular cenotes (sinkholes), and explore tropical gardens and abundant wildlife.
The Riviera Maya’s climate is tropical, with an average temperature of 93 F (34 C). Local transport options range from buses to colectivos (white minivans), private limos to bicycles.
A: If you're hoping to take a look at the wider Solidaridad region, there's no better way to do it than from the driver's seat of your very own rental car. Just sticking to Playa del Carmen? You might be able to manage with buses and cabs, but you'll certainly be able to fit more things in with your own set of wheels. Take a look at our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Riviera Maya and see if anything takes your fancy.
A: Prepare to land at Cancun, Quintana Roo (CUN-Cancun Intl.). You'll likely be arriving aboard one of the 4,008 international flights that operate from this major international terminal in Riviera Maya each month.
A: Riviera Maya has no shortage of comfortable accommodations. Apartments are traveler favorites. Condos, hotels and all-inclusive hotels offer great alternatives.
A: As little or as much as you want. You can lock in a car, hotel or flight. You can also save yourself some time by combining any of these together. Why not add in some experiences and activities in Riviera Maya to top it off?
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A: El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course is one of the first attractions that you should add to your must-see list if you're intending to visit Playa del Carmen.
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When it comes to Mexican resort destinations, it’s tough to top the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya. Situated along the Yucatan Peninsula, this breathtaking area offers sun-drenched beaches, ancient ruins and some of the country’s best snorkeling and scuba diving spots. What’s more, each of its cities are surprisingly affordable; though you’ll find your share of 5 star hotels and luxury spas, it’s not difficult to track down the sort of Riviera Maya all inclusive deals that will allow you to bask in the area’s wonders without breaking the bank.
Of course, tourists don’t flock to this destination for the cheap vacations alone. Its proximity to some of the most important Mayan sites — the mysterious Chichen Itza, for instance — is enough to lure serious history buffs, and the top Riviera Maya vacation packages give you access to must-see attractions like the Tulum ruins and Rio Secreto subterranean labyrinths. Spend some time in Coba for the most immersive experience; this ruined city is just a 45-minute drive from Tulum, and it offers vacationers an unbeatable opportunity to explore the grounds of a pre-Colombian civilization.
If you’re looking for something a little more modern, head to the energetic towns of Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Though both are known for being spring-break hotspots, you’ll find plenty of family resorts located well off the nightclubbing path. What’s more, these cities are great places to track down Riviera Maya all inclusive packages. Book the right one, and you’ll likely get access to pristine beaches and deep sea fishing spots. When you take your Riviera Maya vacations in Cancun, you can even hit the road on a self-guided Jeep safari through jungle reserves and the nearby underground caves.
From the turtle habitats of Akumal Bay to the low-key fishing village of Puerto Morelos, the Riviera Maya features an outstanding array of destinations for tourists of all types. Honeymoon in Playa del Carmen. Revel in the nightlife of Cancun. Shop for local handicrafts in Puerto Aventuras, or wander through the ruins of Tulum. With Expedia’s selection of the best all inclusive vacations Riviera Maya has to offer, the beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula is right at your fingertips.
Excelente servicio, súper limpio, y con todos los protocolos de seguridad para operar en la nueva normalidad
The stuff are great ! Todos son muy serviciales y nos hicieron sentir muy cómodos ! Hermoso lugar voy a volver
Friendly and attentive staff. Always ready to help. Food is delicious. The hotel is always keep clean.
This hotel is a great choice for families. The property is so relaxing. Due to COVID most of amenities are not working. Costumer services could not be better. The Food at the Italian restaurant is awesome and the staff is very professional. Room is daily well care. The only think I do not recommend ...
Charming beach shacks with hammocks on the deck overlooking the beach and Caribbean Sea. Rooms were cozy, clean, and completely updated with functioning AC. The showers were teak wood surrounded by smooth stones and a waterfall spigot--great feature. Amazing restaurant and bar with views of the jungle ...
Staff were great. Because we were there recently with the coronavirus situation, the resort was almost empty and only 2 restaurants were open for dinner. We only got to try two of the restaurants. Only Italian and asian restaurants were open
Location was amazing the service from each and everyone there was amazing. There were a few things we disliked. For example it was my brother son and I in a room my brother was not in the room it was 10:30 at night and a staff member knocked on the door and went in I was ready to go to sleep there ...