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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: Cruising the streets of central Playa del Carmen or hitting the highway in the wider Solidaridad region? Whatever kind of vacation you've got planned, a rental car will be great for getting you around the place. Ideal for checking out those difficult-to-reach attractions, your own ride makes going on vacation easy. Browse through our Cheap Car Hire in Riviera Maya today.
A: The best option is to fly into Cancun, Quintana Roo Airport (CUN-Cancun Intl.). This a top airport terminal in Riviera Maya, operating 4,008 international flights every month.
A: Pack your suitcase and make yourself comfortable at one of the leading apartments. They're one of the most common options. Condos, hotels and all-inclusive hotels are also readily available here.
A: As much as you like. You can reserve a hotel, flight or car. You can also simplify things by combining any number of these. Why not throw in some activities and experiences as well?
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A: If you hadn't thought about stopping in Playa del Carmen, you might want to rethink your travel itinerary. This vibrant city is home to El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course, a noteworthy tourist attraction.
We went to Xcaret for our anniversary and had a great time.
The staff was very attentive and friendly. The pool staff was great. I didn’t appreciate being hounded to attend the membership meeting for a time share. We met with the “concierge,” who are really sales people.
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
Beautiful hotel.....clean, food is good, the chic show is great ......
Great location and great food. The whole place was awesome
Loved the Eco-environment. The animals were such a treat to see everyday. 99% of the staff was more than accommodating and amazing to deal with..really lovely people with consistently great attitude!! Had some amazing parks nearby that I recommend to break up beach days if you like activity or kids. ...
The Grand Palladium Resort is a beautiful paradise. That is what makes it so unique. As soon as my family and I checked in Thursday evening, we felt like we had entered a tropical, beach paradise and no matter where we were throughout the entire resort during our week’s stay, that feeling never changed. ...
The Andaz has a beautiful beach, though only umbrellas for the beach chairs, not palapas. This made a difference on windy days when they couldn't open the umbrellas. (We just walked next door to the Fairmont, which does have palapas and allows guests from other Mayakoba hotels to use their facilities.) ...