Cheap Flights to Riviera Maya
Cheap Flights to the Riviera Maya are easy to find with Expedia. This coastal resort in the Mexican Caribbean is one of the most popular destinations in North America, with dozens of laid-back beach towns, white sand beaches, underground rivers and ancient Mayan sites just waiting to be explored.
Getting to Riviera Maya from UK Airports
If you want to fly into Riviera Maya, book flights to Cancun, the resort city on the north-eastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. You have a good choice of big-name airlines who fly direct from London Gatwick or Manchester, which takes around ten hours.
If you’d prefer to break up the journey or have cheaper flights, many more airlines offer flights to Cancun with one or two stops en route, leaving from both Gatwick and London Heathrow as well as Glasgow and Birmingham.
Places to Visit in Riviera Maya
You might be flying to Riviera Maya for some beach time, but while you’re in the region, you’ll find it boasts a wide cultural and natural heritage, too. Ancient Mayan archaeological sites like the fortress at Tulum, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chichen Itza and the remains of the city of Coba are among the most popular historical excursions.
For some water-based culture, head to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System and the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an to get up close to marine life, exotic birds and tropical plants.
Another highlight is the underground river system, which runs for 95 miles beneath the tropical jungle above, making it the longest such system in the world. Get your hotel to arrange a tour to lead you into the caves and caverns, where you can wade through the rivers and swim in natural sinkholes, or cenotes, which formed when the porous limestone bedrock collapsed, exposing a magical subterranean world of pristine groundwater pools.
Alternatively, spend your time relaxing in a glamorous Riviera Maya spa hotel, or discovering the shops, restaurants and nightlife of major resort towns like Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras. Here you’ll find all manner of big-brand designer stores, top-end restaurants and hedonistic clubs.
Smaller fishing villages like Puerto Morelos are better for the simple pleasures of people watching at the Zocalo (town square), enjoying a seafood meal on the waterfront or hanging out by the pier as the boats come in.
Arriving in Cancun
Getting from Cancun Airport to other Riviera Maya destinations is easy, with services like taxis, shuttle buses and resort-specific transportation provided. You can also hire a car at the airport, or take one of the regular buses direct to Playa del Carmen. Public buses are also available from downtown Cancun to Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos.
It’s simple and convenient to fly to the Riviera Maya from the UK if you use Expedia’s search tools to find and book your flight and hotels.