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Riviera Maya
Travel Guide

This sun-drenched stretch of Mexican coastline blends the natural wonders of the Yucatán Peninsula with the awe-inspiring ruins of Mayan civilizations.

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.

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Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is CA $673 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20

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

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Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
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4.5 out of 5
Carr Federal 307 Tulum-Cancun Km 332.15, SM31 MZ03, Puerto Morelos, QROO
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $333 per night from Apr 13 to Apr 14

Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Morelos property is within 16 mi (25 km) of Cancun Country Club, Ventura Park Cancun, and Puerto Morelos Town Square.

3.9/5Very Good! (1,299 reviews)

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Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera Federal 307, KM 282, Chetumal a Puerto Juarez, Xcaret, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is CA $246 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28

Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is within 2 mi (3 km) of Xplor Theme Park and Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Quinta Avenida and Playa del Carmen ...

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Acinté by Endémico
Acinté by Endémico
3.5 out of 5
Av. 16 Sur esquina con Poniente 3, Región 15, Tulum, QROO
The price is CA $99 per night from May 10 to May 11

Situated in Tulum, this aparthotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Dos Aguas Park and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Tulum National Park. Cenote Crystal is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) ...

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Livetulum
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4 out of 5
C/Andromeda Oriente Manzana 18 Lote 3, Esquina Escorpión Sur, Tulum, QROO
The price is CA $88 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28

Located in Tulum City Center, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dos Aguas Park and Tulum National Park. Tulum Mayan Ruins and Playa Paraiso are also ...

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Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
3.5 out of 5
Region 15, La Veleta, Tulum, QROO
The price is CA $68 per night from May 3 to May 4

Situated by the sea, this spa condo building is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Dos Aguas Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tulum National Park and Tulum Beach. Cenote Crystal ...

3.4/5 (28 reviews)

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