Riviera Maya

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Riviera Maya which includes boating, a sandy beach and tropical scenes

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.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Riviera Maya page.

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Where to stay in Riviera Maya

Royalton Riviera Cancun, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino
Royalton Riviera Cancun, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino
4.5 out of 5
Carr Federal 307 Tulum-Cancun Km 332.15, SM31 MZ03, Puerto Morelos, QROO
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $309 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
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.
3.9/5 Good! (1,871 reviews)
"Food options are absolutely great. Huge variety in the buffet. It looks back to normal again. Every night they have some kind of a show/entertainment. The only thing we were missing is no tv's in the bar areas. So, if you want to watch a game you can only do it in the inside bar that opens at 3."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

Royalton Riviera Cancun, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juárez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is $455 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Xplor Theme Park. Playa del Carmen ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (263 reviews)
"Amazing property! Would go back anytime"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Hotel Xcaret Arte - All Inclusive, Adults Only
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO
The price is $648 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Xplor Theme Park. Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,839 reviews)
"Staff was amazing , property and clean were great Only problem we didn’t have the garden view"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Inclusive
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Watal Tulum Hotel
Watal Tulum Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Calle Ixchel, Zama, Tulum, QROO
The price is $50 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Situated in Tulum, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dos Aguas Park and Tulum National Park. Tulum Mayan Ruins is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.
4.3/5 Excellent! (6 reviews)
"Amazing staff. Beautiful hotel"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Watal Tulum Hotel
Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
3.5 out of 5
Region 15, La Veleta, Tulum, QROO
The price is $79 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
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 Beach and Tulum National Park. Cenote Crystal ...
3.6/5 Good! (55 reviews)
"The area immediately surrounding the property is undeveloped. The roads were not roads at all. The property itself was nice however, the internet was weak (only because we were at the far end of the building) and after the first day we had no wifi in our room yet it was strong in the yoga room so ..."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2021

Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
Kaam Accommodations
Kaam Accommodations
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Niños Héroes Sm 2, Mz 5 lote 37, Puerto Morelos, QROO
The price is $96 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ojo de Agua Beach and Puerto Morelos Town Square. Puerto Morelos Beach is 0.6 mi (1 km) ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (15 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay in this beautiful Kaam property. T"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2021

Kaam Accommodations
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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