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Riviera MayaMexico

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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Top Hotels in Riviera Maya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, QROO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥37,058 per night

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,433 reviews)

"We went to Xcaret for our anniversary and had a great time."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive
Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
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 ¥18,923 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Xplor Theme Park and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Ferry to Cozumel ...

4.1/5Very Good! (3,409 reviews)

"It was so beautiful & everyone was so nice & helpful if needed!"…"

Reviewed on May 14, 2020

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive
Barceló Maya Palace - All Inclusive
Barceló Maya Palace - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Cta Chetumal Puerto Juarez KM 266.3, Xpu-Ha, QROO
The price is ¥24,765 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Xpu-Ha property is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Ecopark Kantun Chi and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Xpu-ha Beach. Cenote Cristalino and CEDAM Museum ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,251 reviews)

"Great location and great food. The whole place was awesome"…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Barceló Maya Palace - All Inclusive

Popular places to visit in Riviera Maya

Xcaret Eco Theme Park
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Xcaret Eco Theme Park

4.5/5(1,373 reviews)

Commune with nature, explore ancient ruins and learn about Mayan culture at this popular theme park, home to a natural underground river.

Tulum Beach
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Tulum Beach

4.5/5(1,018 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Tulum Beach, a popular beach in Tulum. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Akumal Beach
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Akumal Beach

4/5(1,049 reviews)

Drift away on the gentle currents with turtles and rays at one of the Riviera Maya’s most relaxing beaches.

Tulum Mayan Ruins
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Tulum Mayan Ruins

4.5/5(995 reviews)

Visit one of Yucatan’s most impressive Mayan ruins, perched high on cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Playa del Carmen Main Beach
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Playa del Carmen Main Beach

4/5(2,262 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Playa del Carmen Main Beach, a popular beach in Playa del Carmen. Stroll along the seaside or experience the entertainment choices in this relaxing area.

Quinta Avenida
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Quinta Avenida

4.5/5(1,763 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Quinta Avenida, a favorite shopping spot in Playa del Carmen. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Riviera Maya

Chichén Itzá Tour, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Tequila Tasting
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Chichén Itzá Tour, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Tequila Tasting

90% of travellers recommend
¥6,036
Per adult
Puerto Morelos Reef Snorkeling Tour with Lunch
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Puerto Morelos Reef Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

90% of travellers recommend
¥5,276
Per adult
Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour
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Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour

84% of travellers recommend
¥4,038
Per adult
Chichén Itzá Classic with Hubiku Cenote and Lunch
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Chichén Itzá Classic with Hubiku Cenote and Lunch

88% of travellers recommend
¥5,281
Per adult
2 for 1: Chichen Itza & Catamaran to Isla Mujeres
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2 for 1: Chichen Itza & Catamaran to Isla Mujeres

90% of travellers recommend
¥11,105
Per adult
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour
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Rio Secreto Underground River Tour

90% of travellers recommend
¥8,521
Per adult

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Calling out the most edited escapes along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula
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Plotting the country’s most ravishing ribbons of sand

Plotting the country’s most ravishing ribbons of sand
Plotting the country’s most ravishing ribbons of sand
Image for Our Local Expert team member Kelsey Regis with tried-and-true tips for getting the most out of the quieter side of the Riviera Maya

Our Local Expert team member Kelsey Regis with tried-and-true tips for getting the most out of the quieter side of the Riviera Maya

Our Local Expert team member Kelsey Regis with tried-and-true tips for getting the most out of the quieter side of the Riviera Maya
Our Local Expert team member Kelsey Regis with tried-and-true tips for getting the most out of the quieter side of the Riviera Maya