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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 / 5 154 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 22% off - Book Paraiso Lindo
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Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.9 / 5 246 reviews
Caribbean resort overlooking Puerto Morelos National Reef ParkHotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort is located only 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport and less than a mile from the quaint fishing village of Puerto Morelos. The resort boasts four restaurants, a state-of-the-art oceanfront spa, a 22,000-square-foot free-form pool, 120-slip marina with a dive shop, mini-supermarket, sport fishing fleet and a convention center. Those looking for some quiet relaxation enjoy the adults-only silent zone with Jacuzzi and massage huts. The resort overlooks the Puerto Morelos National Reef Park. Highlights: Full-service 120-slip marina with dive shopAdults-only silent zone with Jacuzzi and massage huts13,000-square-foot El Cocay Spa with a Mayan-inspired steam bathHotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort overlooks the Puerto Morelos National Reef Park Rooms: Expect contemporary-style rooms in neutral, soothing earth tones with modern, colorful pillows and rich wood furniture. Suites are at Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach feel pleasantly residential and feature ocean, pool or garden view. Pampering amenities include satellite TV, pillow menu, turn-down service, 24-hour room service, mini-bar and full marble bathrooms. Guests can choose from many different suites, each with private balcony. Spa suites have Jacuzzis and terraces. Features: Whether you're looking for relaxation or adventure, you'll find it at Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach. The 22,000-square-foot free-form pool features a separate kids area with water slides and rock formations for jumping. Water sports including windsurfing, Hobie Cats, kayaking, boogie boards and paddle boats are available as part of the all-inclusive package. Additionally, guest can practice their backswing on one of the two tennis courts or explore with a bike tour to Puerto Morelos. When you've exhausted yourself, head to the spa for some relaxation. The Mayan-inspired steam bath is the perfect way to unwind after an action-packed day (fees apply). Transportation Cancun International Airport (20 minutes) Attractions Puerto Morelos (0 mile/.5 km)Playa del Carmen (22 mi/37 km)Tulum ruins (25 mi/41 km)Chichen Itza (137 mi/221 km) Business­ 11,974 square feet of function space divisible into six breakout rooms7,500-square-foot convention centerHigh-speed Internet (fees may apply)
Value $50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE
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Nightly rates from $219

El Dorado Maroma a Gourmet Inclusive Resort, by Karisma - Adults Only

5 stars
3.9 / 5 17 reviews
All-inclusive, adult-only, and beachfront resort in Riviera MayaEl Dorado Maroma Beachfront Gourmet All Inclusive Adults Only invites beach lovers and travelers to luxurious accommodations and state-of-the-art facilities while in a vacation in this side of Mexico. This all-suites hotel has 99 units, all appointed with sophisticated comforts to make sure all is well while you are away from home. Diners can sample Asian-inspired cuisines at Kiyoko, traditional Italian flavours at Mio Cucina Italiana, tasty snacks at Papitos Gourmet Cucina, and Mexican and Caribbean specialties at Sabores. Patrons can also enjoy delicious beverages and refreshments at "24" Swim-Up Bar, Rick's Bar, and Sabores & Terrace Swim-Up Bar.At El Dorado Maroma Beachfront Gourmet All Inclusive Adults Only, visitors will have lots of things to do, that you do not need to go out of the resort! Vacationers can experience different water activities like paddle boating, kayaking and snorkelling, go parasailing and have zip lining at Marina Maroma Adventures, or have fun in the outdoor pools, fitness center, and spa. For other conveniences, car and shuttle rentals, and concierge are on offer. 3 Reasons To StayAll-inclusive resort in a beachfront settingFour restaurants and three bars as dining optionsMarina Maroma Adventures for outdoor escapades El Dorado Maroma Beachfront Gourmet All Inclusive Adults Only RoomsThe 99 suites at El Dorado Maroma Beachfront Gourmet All Inclusive Adults Only have magnificent Mexican Caribbean views and come equipped with coffee/tea maker, iron/iron board, DVD/CD player, mini bar, radio alarm clock, satellite LCD TV, Jacuzzi, terrace/balcony, and private outdoor shower. Some units are fitted with safe deposit box, and living area. Mi Hotelito Suites are positioned in a beachfront setting. Things To DoEl Manglar Golf Course (1.9 mi/3 km)Avenida 5 (10 mi/16 km)Riviera Art Gallery (10 mi/16 km)Parque 28 de Julio (10.6 mi/17 km)Xcaret Park (15 mi/24 km)
Value WINTER SALE 13% off
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Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 218 reviews
One of 24 five-star beach resorts operated by Grupo Pinero's Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, the Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya affords adventurers easy access to a number of ancient Mayan pyramids and coastal, walled fortresses. This complex contains three individual resorts named after regional settlements, each of which is geared toward different kinds of travelers. As a result, it's relatively easy to book a business, adults-only, or family vacation in a villa surrounded by lush tropical palms. Simply wandering around this resort in the Mexican heat is a great way to stumble across inviting pools, cool bars and fascinating shops. Key facts Rooms by complex: Tulum - 858; Coba - 1,080; Akumal - 63011 international restaurants18 bars7 pools, including lazy river and lakesConcierge service availableWi-Fi (fees may apply) NeighborhoodIn the surrounding area, guests will discover hidden cenotes, water-filled caves that invite serious scuba divers and casual snorkelers alike, and parks like Xcaret, that give you a chance to enjoy the clear currents of a calm lagoon in a more naturalistic setting than found at any waterpark. Nearby Chichen Itza is a World Heritage Site, which includes The Castle, the Pyramid of Kukulcan and Juego de Pelota. The Sacred Cenote is a spot where the Mayans apparently made human sacrifices, and should not be missed by lovers of history, macabre and otherwise. Hints and tipsEnjoy a quieter stay in this large complex by staying in a room further away from the central areas, or on the side of a villa opposite the nearest pool.If you find yourself tired or lost from walking around after a long day, locate one of the many shuttle stops scattered throughout the resort, and wait for about five minutes to get a free ride.
Value Enjoy Children's Water Park
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Iberostar Grand Paraiso Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 47 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)
Value 18% off per night
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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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