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Riviera Maya

Your Riviera Maya vacation

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

Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 209 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 2 Kids under 12 years FREE & Children's Water Park
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Royal Hideaway Playa del Carmen by Occidental - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 87 reviews
The Royal Hideaway Playa del Carmen Resort is one of Occidental's two locations along the sun-kissed shores of Mexico's vibrant Playa del Carmen region. Honeymooners, couples and friends can enjoy elegant rooms with marble bathrooms, king- or queen-sized beds, and a custom climate control system in this adults-only resort. Taste Mexico's exotic flavors with the complimentary fruit basket, before plugging your iPod into the docking station to listen to your vacation playlist. Six swimming pools ensure that guests can take a dip without feeling crowded, while all-inclusive dining comes in the form of Japanese, Italian, Mexican and Caribbean restaurants at this Leading Hotel of the World. Key facts24-hour room serviceComplimentary fruit basket on arrival2 tennis courts6 swimming pools6 restaurants/snack bars: Las Ventanas, Spices, Palazzo, Club Royale, Azia, The Grill, The Deck3 bars: Bar Allegria, Las Ventanas Lounge Bar, Bar DeckLive entertainmentAll-inclusive water sports and organized activities including bocce ball, windsurfing, canoeing and sailingOptional services include scuba diving, beauty-salon treatments, laundry, car rentals, tennis lessons and golfing NeighborhoodSituated on the Caribbean Sea, the Occidental Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort is set on a quiet stretch of waterfront with direct beach access and multiple on-site activities like water sports, golf and deep sea fishing. The celebrity-studded city of Playa del Carmen is a short stroll or cycle ride away, where lively nightlife, cultural attractions, stores and more sandy beaches greet guests visiting the Yucatan Peninsula. Hints and tipsEver wanted to see your meal prepared from scratch, from the chopping of vegetables to the perfectly timed cooking of meat or fish?For the ultimate indulgence, try the gourmet tasting menu of 12 courses plus wines at the Chef's Table Experience, and watch each dish exquisitely prepared right before your eyes (surcharge applies).
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Nightly rates from $427

Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 421 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.
Value Free Wi Fi & Unlimited Lobster Dinner
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Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.9 / 5 240 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 600 Resort Credit + Up to 2 Kids FREE
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Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa All Inclusive

4 stars
4.3 / 5 276 reviews
Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa transports guests to a utopia of flourishing gardens, soft sand beaches and high-caliber accommodations. Marble flooring is soothing underfoot as you step out of the Tulum heat, while the modern Mexican hotel decor and ocean- or garden-facing rooms allow for meditative nature-watching. Rejuvenate your skin with treatments at the spa - from facials to exfoliations and massages - before sampling local Mexican dishes at El Patio, one of the hotel's exquisite restaurants. Romantic and indulgent, this resort is great for honeymooners, though the Explorer's Club ensures that little ones also have plenty to do (restrictions apply). Key facts432 guestrooms and suitesSome adults-only roomsRestaurants: Bordeaux, El Patio, Gohan Restaurant, Himitsu, Portofino Restaurant, Seaside Grill, World Cafe, Barefoot Grill, Coco CafeWi-Fi (fees may apply)Ballroom: seats up to 600 peopleFull-service business center3 meeting rooms: each seats up to 60 peopleFully supervised children's clubSpa NeighborhoodForgo the crowded popularity of Cancun in favor of the quaint town of Tulum to the south. Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa has its own private, palm-lined beach nestled in acres of lush coastal forest that make for great exploration and hiking. Travel a few brief miles to soak in the sights at historical, walled Tulum, one of the last Mayan cities to survive Spanish colonization. Visit the natural lagoon at Xel-Ha to swim a few laps alongside a friendly dolphin, and observe endangered sea turtles in their natural environment. Hints and tipsHigher-numbered rooms are closer to the beach at the Dreams Resort, while some of the accommodations offer swim-out entry.Be sure to inquire about these if you're interested in taking a super-convenient dip.
Value $200 Resort Credit
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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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