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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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Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 214 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.
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Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 152 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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Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 435 reviews
Excellence Riviera Cancun, an adults-only resort, is a great location for those who'd like to enjoy this popular travel destination without being overwhelmed by other visitors. Experience an excursion on pristine white sands before floating in the clear nearby waters. The resort's 440 luxury accommodations cater especially to couples and business travelers, with eight international restaurants, beach yoga classes and even a nightclub. Laze around on your balcony hammock and enjoy romantic touches inside the rooms, like king-size beds and marble bathrooms, where you can cool down after hot days beneath the Mexican sun. Key facts440 guestrooms4 floors9 buildings6 outdoor poolsDining: Agave, Basmati, Chez Isabelle, The Grill, The Lobster House, Oregano, Las Olas, Spice and ToscanaHealth club/spaAlegria NightclubBars/lounges: Martini, CakeKafe, Blue, Sol, Cielo, Stars, Sports Bar, X Lounge, Revive, La Habana and Casino Bar2 poolside bars24-hour room serviceBusiness center5 meeting/conference rooms NeighborhoodExcellence Riviera Cancun is surrounded by jogging trails that make it easy to get acclimatized to the local scene before diving fully into Quintana Roo. Visit the many Mayan remains in the area, such as Las Ruinas Del Rey near the hotel sector, and El Meco. In addition to typical Mayan Riviera activities like scuba diving, guests who book their stay at Excellence often participate in deep-sea fishing charters, cycling tours, and deep-water dives that allow guests to explore colonial shipwrecks. Hints and tipsAlthough Excellence Riviera Cancun is pretty exclusive and only 15 minutes from the airport, it's still best to prepare for regional traffic if you plan on exploration along the coast.
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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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Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.3 / 5 63 reviews
Nestled right up against palm-lined, white sand beaches, the Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe occupies an enviable spot on the Yucatan Peninsula. Float around in utter peace in the adults-only pool, experience the region's culture firsthand in the Mayan steam bath or 'Temazcal', or take your little ones to make new friends at the on-site 'dolphinarium.' When hunger hits, the hotel's six restaurants make it easy to enjoy the French, Brazilian, Caribbean and Mexican cuisine of this multicultural region. The all-inclusive package is also much loved by parents who can't get enough of its four bars, supervised children's activity center and teens' club, and activities like fishing and golf just a short walk away. Key facts756 guestrooms3 floorsDining: Miramar Buffet, La Hacienda Restaurant Buffet, Caribe Restaurant, Rodizio Restaurant, Brasserie Restaurant and Coral GrillBars/Lounges: Carey Lobby Bar, Coco Bar, El Cielo Bar and Theater BarJaguar's Nightclub24-hour room serviceSwim-up barPrivate beachIn-room childcareWater parkHealth clubFull-service spa4 meeting and conference roomsConcierge servicesAirport shuttle NeighborhoodThis exceptional resort is situated in the midst of Mexico's Caribbean coastline, the Riviera Maya, just south of the residential community Puerto Aventuras. Playa del Carmen, with its spirited Latino bars and chic boutiques, is 16 miles north of the hotel. Visitors can take a tour through history by heading for the historic cliff-top ruins at Tulum, to the south. Hints and tipsAs with many Mayan Riviera destinations, visiting the Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe during spring break is not a good idea for those looking to experience peace and quiet.While you're at the hotel, squeeze in a sailing trip around the resort to experience the beauty of the jewel-like coastline from the sea.
Value Up to $3,000 Resort Credit and Honeymooners Bonus
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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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