Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya

Destination Riviera Maya

Located on Mexico’s famed Caribbean coast, Riviera Maya offers visitors beautiful unspoiled beaches, turquoise waters and a beautiful tropical climate in which to relax and enjoy one another’s company. Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the rich historical and cultural heritage of the region, or bathe yourself in the luxury that is on offer, Riviera Maya is sure to satisfy the most discerning of guests.

Getting to Riviera Maya

If you are flying in from the United States, Riviera Maya is served by Cancun International Airport, which is located just 9 miles from the city center of Cancun. From the airport, you can rent or hire a taxi to take you to your hotel, if your hotel does not offer its own airport transfer service.

Where to go in Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya stretches 120km from Cancun in the North to Tulum in the south, where a spectacular Mayan ruin can be seen standing guard over the beach. The whole Riviera is dotted with a selection of stunning all-inclusive resorts and intimate luxury accommodation. Many of these resorts back to luscious rainforest, and play host to an array of tropical birds which are sure to entertain guests. Playa del Carmen is one of the most popular destinations for visitors, due to its situation close to the center of the Riviera. From here, most of the main sites are easily accessible, making it a great place to stay if you are interested in exploring the whole coast.

What To Do in Riviera Maya

Thanks to its rich and varied landscape and history, Riviera Maya is an excellent choice for a destination wedding or honeymoon. Your guests will be sure to find something that they enjoy in the region, as Riviera Maya offers a wealth of different sights and activities for all ages. As well as the amazing beaches, there are plenty of other things for you and your guests to enjoy.

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Snorkeling and Diving

The Caribbean Sea offers visitors an array of spectacular underwater sights, which have to be seen to be believed. The Great Maya Reef is the largest reef in the Northern Hemisphere, and plays host to a huge number of native fish and coral species. Scuba trips are widely available, and snorkeling equipment can be rented or purchased from almost any resort. For those who would prefer to avoid the open ocean, Xel-Ha natural aquarium is a freshwater snorkeling paradise.

Cenote Exploring

Due to the limestone geology of the region, you will never be far from a natural sinkhole swimming pool (known as a cenote) or a spectacular cave, filled with stunning natural rock formations. Many of the best caves are open to the public, albeit only as part of a guided tour. Consider a caving trip, bearing in mind that Riviera Maya is as beautiful below ground as it is above.

Mayan Ruins

Rediscover history by visiting one of the many Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. The ruins at Tulum are a firm favorite amongst visitors because of their spectaclular location, perched atop a hillside overlooking the beach. In Tulum’s archeological zone, there are over 60 well preserved ruins, including temples. The unique architectural style is sure to please history buffs and design lovers alike.


Riviera Maya’s spas draw upon ceremonial traditions and natural ingredients to help you to worship your body like you should. Visit one of the regions many spas for an unforgettable relaxation experience.


Riviera Maya is home to a number of 18 hole links courses, which look out over the stunning Caribbean Sea. Bringing your own clubs in encouraged, although many of the courses do have sets available to rent.

Water Parks

Younger guests or the young at heart will love spending time in one of the Riviera’s fun-filled water parks. Most of these parks have a distinctly Mayan theme, and mix relaxing pools and lazy rivers, with white knuckle shoots for the more adventurous

When to Visit Riviera Maya

The best time to visit Riviera Maya is during the early part of the dry season, from late November through to the end of February. During this period, rainfall is at a minimum, and temperature levels are pleasantly warm. For those who do not mind hotter weather, March to May is also a popular time to visit, although humidity levels can be too much for some. Rainy season on the Riviera runs from late May, through to early November, and is avoided by many tourists, although the worst storms tend to avoid the Riviera, in favor of the other side of the Yucatan Peninsula.