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

Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort
Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Cancun Tulum 307, Tulum, QROO, 77774
The price is $400 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
$400
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury property in Tulum. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free valet parking. Popular attractions Akumal Beach and Riviera Maya Golf ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (236 reviews)
"Hotel excelente! Quedamos muy satisfechos con todos los servicios del Hotel. Sorprendido con la comida en todos los restaurantes."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is $606 per night from Jan 7 to Jan 8
$606
per night
Jan 7 - Jan 8
Stay at this 5-star luxury property in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,655 reviews)
"Very Nice propert Food could be better"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks / All Fun Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Arte – All Parks / All Fun Inclusive, Adults Only
Hotel Xcaret Arte – All Parks / All Fun Inclusive, Adults Only
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juárez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is $710 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9
$710
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9
Stay at this 5-star luxury property in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Playa ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,107 reviews)
Luxury only a bus ride away
"The hotel itself was wonderful. Endless options of places to eat, things to do, and ways to relax. It is expensive but the cost buys you luxury. The only major downside is the amount of time you spend on a bus. As nice as the bus may be (his and her separate toilets), it is still a bus and that doesn't ..."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Hotel Xcaret Arte – All Parks / All Fun Inclusive, Adults Only
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.
Atman Tulum Hotel
Atman Tulum Hotel
3.5 out of 5
C. 39, Tulum, QROO, 77760
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in Tulum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Popular attractions Tulum Mayan Ruins and Tulum Beach are located ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (19 reviews)
"Beautiful Rooms and Great Staff. Restaurant is cash only from 8am to 230pm. The road to the property is dirt and you have to park in the street but other than that. Great stay!"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Atman Tulum Hotel
Andaz Mayakoba - a Concept by Hyatt
Andaz Mayakoba - a Concept by Hyatt
5 out of 5
Carretera Federal, Cancun-Playa del Carmen Km 298, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (397 reviews)
"Excellent place, with beautiful nature and stylish property. Also, the option to go between different hotels in the aria is great."

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2022

Andaz Mayakoba - a Concept by Hyatt
Fairmont Mayakoba
Fairmont Mayakoba
5 out of 5
Ctra Federal Cancun - Playa Del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,019 reviews)
"property is gorgeous and massive, staff was very prompt and nice, construction on beach, expected better food for Fairmont.. over all 4 star"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2022

Fairmont Mayakoba
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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