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Riviera Maya

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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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Cheap Riviera Maya Vacation Packages

Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 151 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.
Value 21% off - Book Paraiso Lindo
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Blue Diamond Riviera Maya All Inclusive Adults Only

5 stars
4.3 / 5 16 reviews
Serene sanctuary for grown-ups, with spa, rainforest and water sports The Blue Diamond Riviera Maya is an elegant, 5-star resort set in a luxurious tropical-jungle setting. The resort has three a-la-carte restaurants, three bars, a private marina and water sports center. The resort sits on 36 acres of lush rainforest and is surrounded by well-kept gardens, with pristine sandy beaches nearby. The spa and fitness center covers 25,000 square-feet and includes Kinesis equipment. The Blue Diamond Riviera Maya offers guests access to the spa, sauna, steam room and indoor and outdoor pools, as well as one Mayan Temazcal session per stay. Guests also receive one free scuba diving tour or ocean snorkel tour. Reasons to stay Breathtaking location just ten minutes north of Playa del CarmenSpa and leisure facilities, including two 18-hole golf courses by the seaFree Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel, including the beach areas Blue Diamond Riviera Maya All Inclusive Adults Only rooms The 128 rooms at the Blue Diamond Riviera Maya occupy single- and double-story villas. The hotel staff restocks the mini-bars daily, and each suite has balconies or terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows, plasma flat-screen TVs, CD and DVD player, premium cable television, and iPod docking stations. Bathrooms have rain showers and separate marble tubs. Rooms also offer complimentary Wi-Fi and free unlimited worldwide phone calls. Things to do nearbyPlaya del Carmen (6.4 mi/10.4 km)Xcaret Park (11.1 mi/17.8 km)Xplor Park (11.1 mi/17.8 km)Xel-Ha Park (34.8 mi/56 km)
Value Ocean Snorkel+ Free WiFi & Calls+ Temazcal+ Golf
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Nightly rates from $454

Occidental Grand Xcaret - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.8 / 5 231 reviews
Family-friendly Caribbean resort adjacent to Xcaret ecological parkThe Occidental Grand Xcaret offers direct access to the ecological park, Xcaret. The resort boasts stretches of white sand beaches, 11 international restaurants and 10 bars. There are 769 spacious suites, five winding pools and 10 public whirlpools at the all-inclusive, family-friendly resort. Because of the resort's close proximity to so many Yucatan treasures, you can venture out on day trips and be back by evening for dinner at one of the resort's spectacular eateries. Highlights:Exclusive direct access to Xcaret ecological parkProvides Unlimited Xcaret Xperience Family-friendly with available cribs and a Kids Club program Rooms: Expect soothing, tropical colors and Mexican decor with dark wood accents and tiled floors. Rooms include a king-sized or two double-sized beds, stocked mini-bar, cable TV, hair dryer and alarm clock. Rooms range from deluxe to the royal club master suite, which features hydromassage bathtubs, luxurious linens, nightly turndown service and plush robes. Also included are private concierge services, in-room Internet access, private pool and whirlpool, balcony and DVD player. Cribs and extra beds are available to any guest upon request. Features: Guests can relax by one of the resort's five pools, hit the man-made beach and cove, play mini-golf, try their hand at archery, tennis or yoga, or spend some time snorkeling in the clear, blue waters. The spa features complementary access to the sauna, steam room and whirlpool for guests looking to relax. If kiddies are tagging along, drop them off at the Kids Club where they'll meet other children and build lasting memories in a supervised environment. For a fee, guests can partake in day excursions to nearby Chichen Itza, Tulum, Xel Ha, or hit the greens for a round of 18. Internet access is also available for a charge.  Transportation Cancun International Airport (46 mi/75 km) Attractions Playa del Carmen (5 mi/8.4 km)Tulum pyramids (35 mi/57 km)Chichen Itza (129 mi/208 km) Business­ State-of-the-art business center 7 meeting rooms accommodate up to 1,200 peopleBusiness center and concierge services (copying, faxing, computer use) are available for a fee Policies and feesThe experience of Unlimited Xcaret Xperience offers exclusive benefits for guests of Occidental Grand Xcaret:Unlimited access and multi-entrance all day long to Xcaret park facilitiesPrivate tour, where a Xcaret expert guide will take them to discover the park’s unique nature, culture and archaeology.Reserved area at the Gran Tlachco Theater during the greatest presentation in Mexico: “Xcaret México Espectacular,” a celebration of culture and history featuring more than 300 artistsDuring their stay at the hotel’s Kids Club, infants can participate in a guided visit to Xcaret, where they’ll experience Mexico’s most representative traditions in the Main Plaza, always cared for by the hotel’s expert staffVIP check-inUnlimited reservations during the whole stay in all specialty restaurants (subject to availability)Free room delivery of purchases made in any of Xcaret park’s stores10% off on meals, beverages at Xcaret park30% off on a 90-minute Special Mayan Massage “WAYAKA”In-room robes and slippers during the whole stay
Value Up to $920 credits + much more!
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Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.7 / 5 29 reviews
Romantic adults-only beach resort in the Mexican CaribbeanIdeal for couples on their honeymoon or lovers in search of a romantic getaway, Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Adults Only is a clothing optional resort featuring sophisticated accommodations on a secluded, white-sand beach. At the in-house spa, couples enjoy ultimate relaxation by trying out unique treatments, meditation sessions and spa facilities such as sauna, steam room, Swish shower, cold plunge pool and warm whirlpool. Vacationers at this modern hotel enjoy dancing at Obsessions, the in-house night club. In-house restaurants Pearl and Aphrodite offer delicious international cuisine, while cocktails and wines are offered at Agave Lobby Bar and Lush Pool Bar. Guests may take a dip at the hot tub and have their favorite drinks at Jacuzzi Lounge & Wet Spot Bar.  3 Reasons To StayElegant rooms, suites and penthouses with ocean viewsFull-service spaJacuzzi, bar and night club Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Adults Only RoomsThe elegant rooms, suites and penthouses at Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Adults Only come with an ocean view and are tastefully designed to create a sensual, luxurious ambiance. All units have balcony or terrace, sitting area, bathroom with shower and bathtub, spacious living area and cable TV. Additional amenities include safe deposit box, mini bar service, alarm clock and ceiling fan. Some suites have a private plunge pool.   Things To DoOjo de Agua Beach (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Aquanauts Dive Adventures (8.1 mi/13.0 km)Crococun Zoo (3.9 mi/6.3 km)Maroma Beach (12.3 mi/20.0 km)Tres Rios Ecopark (15.3 mi/24.6 km)Puerto Morelos Town Square (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Arrecife de Puerto Morelos National Park (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
Value $50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE
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Desire Resort & Spa- All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.3 / 5 52 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.
Value $50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE
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Best time to take a vacation to Riviera Maya

  • 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.

Insider tips for Riviera Maya travel

  • 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

  • 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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