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South of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula lies the Riviera Maya, a collection of heaven-like spots including Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos. Another major draw here is the Mayan ruins, ancient remnants of the Meso-Americans, which can be seen throughout the area, most famously in Tulum. Also be sure to check out the cenotes in Macanxoc, Sacalpuc, Yaxlaguna and Xcanh.

You may think these attractions come at a high price, but CheapTickets has budget-friendly tips to put in your Riviera Maya vacation arsenal.

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Barcelo Maya Beach - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.2 / 5 1220 reviews
Offering 24-hour drinks, snacks and meals, the Barcelo Riviera Maya All Inclusive Complex combines convenience with luxury at four distinct resort areas: Barcelo Maya Beach, Maya Caribe, Maya Colonial Beach and Maya Tropical. Recently renovated bars, restaurants, and ocean- or garden-facing accommodations transport guests to a relaxing Caribbean environment. Dine on international buffet dishes or local Mexican flavors and sip refreshing fruit juices before taking a dip in the pool. Families can unwind with Mayan-inspired spa treatments at the spa, or adults can drop the kids off at the Barcy Club, which hosts a range of activities - from balloon contests to soccer and board games. Key factsSuites and family roomsWi-Fi access (fees may apply)Spa facilities, which offers treatments for adults and childrenConference spacesBars and restaurants at each resortDolphinaris at Barcelo - interactive dolphin experienceChildren's ClubSwimming poolTrips and excursions availableGymShopping centerChildren's playgroundNightclubKukulcan Theater with live showsSports and beach facilities NeighborhoodThe Barcelo resort is situated on the shore just south of central Playa del Carmen. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the calm, warm waters just off the coast, or venture further out on a boat ride to Cozumel Island. Two major natural resources - Parque Nacional de Quintana Roo and Parque Nacional Tulum - are just a short bus or car ride south along the coastal highway. Visitors to these parks can explore lush jungles and an ancient, walled Mayan city, or go for a scuba session in a natural cave. Guests that decide not to wander too far from their rooms can still go swimming with dolphins or enjoy golf at the resort. Hints and tipsJoin guided tours to Mayan relics like Chichen Itza and modern parks like Xcaret for an additional fee, or get your adventure fix at the Tulum Extreme zip-lining circuit.Book rooms on higher levels for excellent views.
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Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 167 reviews
A replica Mayan temple soaring up into the brilliant blue sky marks your entrance into Iberostar Paraiso Riviera Maya, a luxury complex of four family-oriented resorts. Clouds of flamingos and swans greet your arrival, while traditional thatched roofs reveal colonial-style colonnades. Dine between gold Corinthian pillars at Don Alfredo for a taste of Italy, or try La Hacienda for an authentic taste of Mexico. Relax European-style at Spa Sensations - a whole network of Finnish saunas, Turkish baths, saltwater pools and Jacuzzis - or get active at the beach with scuba diving lessons for guests, along with on-site sports ranging from billiards to beach volleyball. If you're not exhausted by nightfall, check out the evening shows of Caribbean dance, music and acrobatic feats that come with the all-inclusive package a margarita chilled firmly in hand. Key facts432 guestrooms5 pools9 restaurants, including La Dorada, La Hacienda, Don AlfredoSnack bars throughout, including El Puente Ice Cream ShopNightclubMultiple bars/loungesBanquet facilitiesFull-service spa facilitiesTennis courtsSports facilities for billiards, bocce ball, target shooting, archery and moreGolf courseBusiness centerFree Wi-Fi24-hour room serviceCurrency exchange NeighborhoodSituated on a slice of paradise, Playa Paraiso, the Iberostar Paraiso Hotel is a 30-minute ride from Cancun International Airport (CUN), and lies roughly 13 miles north of Playa del Carmen on the Mayan Riviera. Visitors can indulge in souvenir shopping and dining along Avenida 5, Playa del Carmen's sub-tropical version of Fifth Avenue. Check out the eco-parks, mangrove forests, and waterscapes of this bustling coastline using Playa del Carmen bus transport or hotel pick-up - you could find yourself soaring through the nearby Xplor Park on two miles of zip line. Hints and tipsComplimentary tram services make it easy for families with little ones to navigate the resort.Children ages 4 through 12 will enjoy the supervised play at Lucy's Club, while their parents take on the manicured golf course just across the road.
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Barcelo Maya Colonial - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.2 / 5 5 reviews
The Barcelo Maya Colonial is an enchanting place for families, couples, singles, groups of friends and conventions where you can enjoy the benefits of a 24 hours all inclusive. This resort of Mayan inspired architecture is located in one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mexican Caribbean that stretches over 1.4 miles of white sand, coral reef and crystal clear waters. Beautiful paths and trails around the resort are excellent for running and taking long walks. Including a level of service and amenities at the Club Premium level, an exclusive VIP area providing personalized services, VIP amenities, 24-hour room service, free Internet access and concierge services , best room location, among other amenities. 2 Tennis courts2 Paddle courts 1 Multi-functional court 1 Basketball court 1 Soccer field (equipment provided at no extra cost) Gym Mini golf Water aerobics in the pool Beach volleyball Water polo Darts Table tennis and badminton Sailing Windsurfing Sunfish sailing Snorkelling KayakingCatamaran Aquatic bikes One diving lesson in pool per stay (Reservations may apply, minimum skills are required subject to availability and weather conditions) Also, with the Barcelo All Inclusive programme you can access all the restaurants, bars, swimming pools and beach facilities of the Barcelo Maya Beach, Barcelo Maya Caribe and Barcelo Maya Tropical hotel. The resort has a strong commitment with the environment , which is a natural escape surrounded by tropical vegetation and over a mile of palm trees on white sand beaches in the majestic Mexican Caribbean Sea, working with green practices, having acknowledgments of the prior mentioned.
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Iberostar Grand Paraiso Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.5 / 5 50 reviews
Luxury resort near Playa del Carmen with grand look, amenitiesThe Iberostar Grand Paraiso is a five-star, all-inclusive luxury resort for adults aged 18 and older. The resort features grand architecture with details such as breathtaking fountains, lush gardens and sparkling chandeliers. The Iberostar Grand Paraiso boasts three pools -- including a saltwater pool with swim-up bar -- private spa, beach and pool butlers. There is a challenging 18-hole golf course (fees apply) and access to all the facilities at neighboring Iberostar hotels.  The resort is a five-minute cab ride to Playa del Carmen. Highlights: Adults-only hotel with five-star service Four a la carte restaurants, including a sushi bar, and a buffetAccess to all Iberostar hotelsThree pools with pool butlers Rooms: The Iberostar Grand Paraiso features 310 suites, including 10 secluded villas and special honeymoon suites with private plunge pools. Expect elaborate Mexican-style architecture, marble floors, clean lines and luxury linens, with pops of bright Caribbean colors. Indoor Jacuzzis, one king or two queen beds, a dining area, fully furnished sitting room and a hammock or swing are in every room. A butler and concierge are available in each building. Rooms also feature private balcony or terrace overlooking lush gardens or the ocean. Features: The concierge at Iberostar Grand Paraiso can help guests arrange a day trip to one of the Mayan ruins in the area or set up a water adventure. On-site water sports include catamarans, snorkeling, kayaking and windsurfing. Throughout the day and night, the hotel provides live entertainment, shows and activities to keep guests engaged. There's also a nearby shopping plaza, a full-service spa includes Jacuzzis, a solarium and a thalassotherapy center, and golf at the P.B. Dye-designed golf course (fees apply). Dining There are four a la carte restaurants and an international buffet at the Iberostar Grand Paraiso. Choices include Japanese teppanyaki, an American-style banquet of beef steaks and pork chops and an Italian restaurant.  A selection of fine wines is available to accompany. Transportation Cancun International Airport (30 minutes) Attractions Playa del Carmen (13 mi/21 km)Tulum (52 mi/85 km) Business¬≠ Internet access is available (fees may apply)
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Desire Resort & Spa- All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.3 / 5 56 reviews
Clothing optional Mexican resort for open, adventurous couplesDesire Resort & Spa offers a one-of-a-kind, erotic experience for vacationers looking to explore their voyeuristic sides. The resort boasts a clothing-optional atmosphere where couples can unleash their imaginations on the pool deck, Jacuzzi lounge or during nightly themed, participatory entertainment. The all-inclusive Desire Resort & Spa has four restaurants and five bars. The resort boasts a full-service spa that blends ancient Mayan and Asian traditions to allure and entice the senses. Highlights: Adults-only, clothing optionalOpen-minded, voyeuristic atmosphereSafe, welcoming environment Rooms: Expect lavishly decorated rooms with stark white architecture and bedding, accented with bright punches of color in the pillows, rugs and flowers. The luxurious sweeping architecture and upscale bathroom features ensure you'll feel like the king or queen of the resort. Guests choose from one of 100 superior rooms, six Jacuzzi suites or 10 passion suites. Superior suites provide ocean or garden views as well as king or queen-sized beds, in-room climate control, satellite TV, private balcony, bathrobes, stocked mini bar and iPod dock with alarm clock. Jacuzzi suites boast a spacious bathroom with four-person Jacuzzi, variety of sensual and exotic candles, Tantra essential gift box, incense and daily afternoon hors d'oeuvres. Features: Off-site attractions include the ruins at Chichen-Itza, Isla Mujeres and Xel-Ha. Visitors are found lounging by the Desire's clothing optional pool or sunbathing on the beautiful white sand beaches of the Caribbean. During the day, the resort offers sensual yoga classes, nude volleyball, pole dance lessons and a special "Desire Time" contest session for couples. When the sun goes down, take part in erotically themed activities such as black tie and high heel night, body painting night and lingerie night.  Transportation Cancun International Airport (20 minutes) Attractions Playa del Carmen (21 mi/35 km)Chichen Itza (136 mi/219 km) Business¬≠ High-speed wireless Internet (fees apply)Policies and feesGuests must be couples of 21 years of age or older.
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  • The tropical climate of the Yucatan Peninsula means that the temperatures in Riviera Maya are excellent all year round; however, between December and April the dry season brings slightly cooler temperatures than in the height of summer. Early fall is the wet season, although it still receives a good amount of beautiful sunshine, so this is when crowds thin out and the hotels and flights are available at cheaper rates. Try and take in the annual week-long Mardi Gras celebration with all its color and processions. The Latin American Food Show each September is extremely popular and attracts huge numbers.

  • Botanical Gardens

    See the fascinating spider monkeys amongst the many animals living in the spacious Botanical Gardens just outside Puerto Morelos Tun Ha.

  • Puerto Morelos Tun Ha

    Stroll around the small fishing village of Puerto Morelos Tun Ha, taking in the laid-back atmosphere and sampling some great seafood caught that very day.

  • Tulum

    Avoid all those crowded beaches and instead head for the beautiful white sands of Tulum where you can enjoy a few hours of inspirational solitude.

  • Cenote Aktun Ha

    Explore the large open-water area of Cenote Aktun Ha with great snorkeling opportunities just a little off the beaten track.

  • Coba

    Rent yourself a bike and tour the remarkable ancient ruins of Coba at your own leisurely pace.

  • Riviera Maya highlights
  • Cancun

    Cancun is home to sun, fun, fantastic nightlife and spring-breakers. But Cancun isn't just for college kids seeking a wild time. For the ultimate in relaxation on your Riviera Maya vacation, there's sea and sand galore at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines. And if you crave exploration with a refreshing plunge at the end, point your compass towards the Boca del Puma cenote.

  • Playa del Carmen

    If beaches and bargain-shopping are high on your list for a complete Riviera Maya travel experience, Playa del Carmen in the place for you. For the former, you can take your pick between Main Beach, Coco Beach and Mamitas Beach. For the latter, Quinta Avenida is chockablock with boutique stores and souvenir stalls, plus an endless line of traditional Mexican eateries.

  • Coba

    Travel to this little village to scope out ancient Mayan ruins and gorgeous views of the jungle. Climb the 120 steps to the top of Nohoch Mul for a phenomenal perspective. And don't forget to take a refreshing dip in the local cenote when you're done.

  • Akumal

    This heavenly destination is home to caves, subterranean waters and turtles. Kick back on the white sands of Halfmoon Bay and go snorkeling in the colorful coral. Fuel up with great grub at low prices from local vendors: Lol-Ha is great for Mexican and Americana eats, while La Buena Vida is ideal for cheap drinks and a quick snack.

  • Mercados

    You'll find markets everywhere on your Riviera Maya travels. Some of the best include Cancun's Mercado 28, where you can pick up plenty of silver jewelry and cheap nosh. The Organic Farmers Market, held every Saturday in Tulum, offers everything from organic honey and pumpkins to a massive array of herbs and spices.

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