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Riviera Maya Holiday Guide

Relaxed beach towns, white-sand beaches, underground swimming holes and ancient Mayan sites make the Riviera Maya one of Mexico’s most compelling holiday destinations.

This stretch of Mexican Caribbean coastline, known for its beautiful turquoise sea, is on the north-eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Stretching from the US-holiday destination of Cancun to Tulum and once home to small fishing communities, the area has developed into a series of modern beachfront resort towns, offering everything from high-end dining and designer shopping to golf, watersports and family-friendly theme parks.Some of the best-known highlights include the historic Mayan sites of Tulum and Chichen Itza, or the underground river system that provides access to a series of swimming holes, or cenotes, formed when the limestone bedrock collapsed, leaving groundwater-filled sinkholes. Explore these on a guided tour, or take a boat trip out to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which runs the entire length of the coast. Here you can snorkel with sea turtles, moray eels and other marine life, or just enjoy a sunset cruise or yacht party where you can dive off the top deck for a swim or try your hand at catching a fish.

If you just want a relaxing holiday, the Riviera Maya is home to a range of all-inclusive beach resorts, family-friendly accommodation and upscale spa hotels. Book an outdoor massage, take a yoga class or enjoy a tequila cocktail as the sun goes down. Alternatively, hit up the trendy shops, bars, clubs and restaurants of Playa del Carmen’s Quinta Avenida, or take the kids to one of the nearby jungle activity parks, such as Xplor or Xenses, for caving, ziplining and underground rafting adventures.

Other Riviera Maya’s towns worth visiting on your holiday include the laid-back fishing village of Puerto Morelos, for more of an Old Mexico feel, or the quieter town of Akumal, which has a calm, swimmable lagoon and is famous for the sea turtles who nest here between May and November.

If you’re looking for a fun-filled holiday in Riviera Maya or a more tranquil setting, you’ll find accommodation to match your needs along the entire coast, so you can settle back and enjoy this glorious tropical destination at your leisure.


Guide to Exploring Riviera Maya


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£139
Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All Inclusive

Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort & Spa All Inclusive

Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Playa del Carmen
4.0
of 5, from 1,757 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Playa del Carmen, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from El Camaleon Golf Club, and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Gran Coral Golf. Canibal Royal Beach Club and Coco Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£249
The Royal Playa del Carmen All Inclusive Spa & Resort

The Royal Playa del Carmen All Inclusive Spa & Resort

Av. Constituyentes No. 2, Playa del Carmen
4.6
of 5, from 2,958 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Set along the Caribbean, this Riviera Maya resort offers relaxation on the private beach and quick access to the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of Playa del Carmen; popular Fifth Avenue is 1 block away.

£162
Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort

Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort

1a Avenida esquina Calle 26, Playa Del Carmen
4.6
of 5, from 341 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Playa del Carmen, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Riviera Art Gallery, Mamitas Beach Club, and Quinta Alegria. Pier Navega and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church are also within 15 minutes.

£120
Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive

Occidental at Xcaret Destination - All Inclusive

Carretera Federal 307, KM 282, Playa del Carmen
4.0
of 5, from 1,194 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Ocean fun takes place against a tropical forest backdrop at this all-inclusive resort on Mexico's Caribbean coast. The resort lies within 3 miles (5 kilometers) of Playa del Carmen. Cancún International Airport is 35 miles (56 kilometers) away. The resort is located just a few steps from Xcaret Park.

3Beca Hotel

3Beca Hotel

CALLE 12 NORTE S/N MZ 35 LT 4, Playa del Carmen
3.3
of 5, from 13 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Quinta Alegria, Riviera Art Gallery, and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. Pier Navega and Central Square are also within 10 minutes.

£170
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa All Inclusive

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa All Inclusive

Carretera Chetumal Pto Juarez km 236.7, Tulum
4.0
of 5, from 87 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Tulum, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from LabnaHa Ecopark Adventures, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tulum National Park and Xcacelito Beach. Tulum Mayan Ruins and Xel-Ha Water Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£139
Tukan Hotel & Beach Club All Inclusive

Tukan Hotel & Beach Club All Inclusive

Calle Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen
2.9
of 5, from 15 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, this all-inclusive resort is within a 5-minute walk of Quinta Alegria, Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, and Riviera Art Gallery. Pier Navega and Central Square are also within 10 minutes.

Plaza Paraiso by Playa Moments

Plaza Paraiso by Playa Moments

Av. 10 & Aviacion Street, Playa del Carmen
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Playacar, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal and Yucatek Divers. Central Square and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church are also within 15 minutes.

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