Guide to Riviera Maya, Mexico


There is one destination, one dazzling array of sumptuous experiences that will re-define your vacation travel forever, the Riviera Maya or Mexican Riviera. Caressed by tropical waters and hypnotic Caribbean breezes, the Riviera Maya extends along the Yucatan peninsula. With vacation options as various and colorful as the sunsets, Maya Riviera offers epic all-inclusive resorts, delightful boutique hotels, endless culinary adventures, sizzling nightlife, exhilarating leisure activities and of course, a heavenly string of the best beaches found anywhere. Fill your days with snorkeling along the worlds 2nd largest barrier reef, jaunts to the archaeological gems of Chichen Itza and Tulum, the eco-parks of Xcaret, swimming with dolphins, zip-lining, horse riding, sailing, guided jungle tours or just get lost for an afternoon and enjoy whatever activity finds you.

Kick off your shoes and walk through some of the destinations you'll enjoy along the Maya Riviera:


Tulum is everything wonderful about the Mexican Caribbean. It's getting discovered, but the sugary beaches are still quiet, the ocean is clear and if that's not enough think open-air bars and prehistoric ruins. The most spectacular aspect of Tulum is its location on a cliff overlooking the brilliant turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, or just "Playa", is a coastal resort town at the center of the Mayan Riviera. Noted for its laid back European vibe, Playa is a favorite haunt of young global travelers and offers clever, funky boutique hotels and B & B's. At night, Playa comes alive with a vibrant, electric almost carnival energy.


Voted Top Resort in Mexico and 18th in the World in Travel + Leisure's 2009 World's Best Awards, Mayakoba is a unique, lush 1600-acre natural paradise offering the finest in resort accommodations and activities. Situated just south of Cancun, Mayakoba is comprised of five luxury hotels - with each offering a complete range of luxury dining, spa, sport and entertainment experiences.

Getting There

Cancun International airport (CAN). You can rent a car or travel by bus or shuttle to locations throughout the Riviera Maya.

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