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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

Family-friendly Caribbean beach complex combines three resorts into oneThe Bahia Principe in Riviera Maya consists of three hotels, a commercial center and an entertainment center. The complex is surrounded by beaches, Mayan ruins and the second largest coral reef in the world. The complex boasts an environmentally conscious mindset, 11 international restaurants, 18 bars, seven pools, including a river-type and lake-type swimming area, Jacuzzis, gyms, kids clubs and spas. The complex is removed enough from the hustle and bustle to feel secluded, yet close enough to partake in all the Yucatan highlights. Highlights: Environmentally consciousTons of on-site activities including a kids clubThree resorts in one Rooms: Expect bright, fun rooms in colors such as teal, yellow, red and royal blue. Each room features two full beds or one king bed, air conditioning, satellite TV and direct-dial telephone. The junior suite superior also includes a living area, sofa bed, balcony, hydromassage tub and three a la carte dinners in the specialty restaurants. The junior suite club golden includes VIP bathroom amenities, 24-hour room service, evening turn-down, private reception, four a la carte dinners and Internet access in the Casa Club. Features: Families enjoy traditional sports on site including tennis, aerobics, soccer, basketball, volleyball, bicycling, darts, mini-golf and ping-pong. One hour of non-motorized water activities including snorkeling, kayaking, catamarans, boogie boards and windsurfing classes are also part of the all-inclusive package. For a fee, diving tours, scuba lessons, fishing trips, jet skis and parasailing are available. Guests at the resort also gain access to the Riviera Maya Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones II. The course features 36 holes (18 available) surrounded by jungle landscape and natural lakes. If you're looking for relaxation, book an appointment at the spa (fees apply) and enjoy a hot stone massage, body exfoliation, body wrap or hydrotherapy spa circuit. Transportation Cancun International Airport (60 minutes) Attractions Playa del Carmen (29 mi/47 km)Tulum pyramids (18 mi/30 km)Cancun (72 mi/117 km) Business­ Three theaters (Broadway, Hollywood, Coliseum) available for up to 670 people (subject to availability and additional charge)Professional group coordinator in each hotel (for a fee)Audiovisual equipment and Wi-Fi Internet is available for an additional charge
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Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda - All Inclusive

Luxury Caribbean beach resort with family and adult amenitiesThe Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda is located 35 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and just minutes from the beach town of Playa del Carmen. The resort sits on 180 acres of beachfront property that overlooks the blue waters of the Mayan reef. The resort's three- and four-story buildings combine contemporary, modern lines with glass walls and traditional thatched Mayan roofs. The resort boasts two swimming pools (with children's area), tennis courts, fitness center, kids club, a 7,200-square-foot world class spa with 12 treatment rooms.  Highlights: Large propertyKids clubWorld class spa Rooms: Expect simple, cleanly designed rooms with relaxing, neutral earth tones and colorful accents. Cream-colored marble bathrooms and floors, casual furnishing and dark wood details create a feeling of luxury. All rooms include balcony or terrace, satellite TV, air conditioning, mini-bar, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and alarm clock. Views of the garden or ocean, as well as non-smoking rooms, are available. Cribs are available at no extra cost but are subject to hotel availability. Features: Guests have access to the tennis courts and more than 30,000 square feet of swimming pools. Sports include squash, volleyball, basketball, biking, archery, horseback riding, kayaking and sailing. There's also an aquatic spinning class. In this unique class, the stationary bikes are places inside the pool for additional resistance. Don't forget about the kids while you're off having fun. The Kids Club features a nursery, mini-cafeteria, video games, playground and sports activities. Babysitters and Internet access are available for a fee. For a relaxing break, book an appointment in the world class spa (fees apply) and enjoy a massage, special treatment or some much needed alone time. Transportation Cancun International Airport (60 minutes) Attractions Playa del Carmen (8 mi/13 km)Tulum pyramids (29 mi/48 km)Cancun (50 mi/82 km) Business­ 2,000 square foot convention center accommodates up to 700 guests2,7000 square foot auditorium seats up to 1,000 guestsBusiness center and concierge service available (fees apply)
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Royal Hideaway Playa del Carmen by Occidental - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 77 reviews
Adults-only Playa del Carmen resort with six pools, full-service spa The Royal Hideaway Playacar is located minutes from eclectic Playa del Carmen. The resort combines quiet ambiance, luxury amenities and first-class service in an adults-only atmosphere. The resort boasts private villa concierge, full service spa, six gourmet restaurants, lounges, unlimited water and land sports and Yucatan Peninsula tours. Also on-site are six pools, including a cascading infinity pool, fitness center, DVD library and Wi-Fi Internet. Complementary Internet access is available in the business center. Highlights: Adults-onlyCascading infinity pool Unlimited water sports Rooms: Expect sophistication and elegance at Royal Hideaway Playacar. Guests choose from luxury, duplex or presidential suites with dark wood tones and beige accents. All suites include fresh fruit tray upon arrival, in-suite climate control, marble bathrooms, Etro amenities, mini-fridge and satellite TV. The duplex suite is a two-story suite with living room. The presidential suite includes living room, dining room, full kitchen and outdoor hydro-massage tub. Partial and full ocean views are available upon request and for a charge. Wi-Fi Internet is also available for a fee. Features: A chef's table and interactive webcam allows guests to go behind the scenes. The webcam features face time with the chef, plus an exclusive live video feed from the kitchen, putting guests directly into the action. Guests also enjoy access to unlimited top shelf alcohol, shuffleboard, basketball, bocce ball, horseshoes, table tennis and cycling. Water sports include scuba clinics, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and aqua aerobics. For a fee, relax in the spa with a massage, body treatment or facial. Premium name products such as Phytomer, Redken and OPI are used. If you're traveling to the Riviera for love, consider hiring the Hideaway's personal wedding coordinator to ensure your special day goes off without a hitch.  Transportation Cancun International Airport Attractions Playa del Carmen (3 mi/4.8 km)Tulum ruins (37 mi/60 km)Chichen Itza (155 mi/250 km) Business­ Meeting and conference spaces accommodate up to 400 people Business center and audiovisual equipment available (fees apply)Wireless Internet (fees may apply)
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Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Caribbean beach complex offers four all-inclusive resorts in oneThe Grand Palladium Riviera Maya all-inclusive resort complex combines four resorts in one. Resort sections are the Riviera Resort, the White Sand Resort, the Royal Suites Yucatan and the Colonial & Kantenah Resort and Spa. These resorts strive to offer creature comforts and luxury in harmony with nature. The adults-only Royal Suites Yucatan is the complex's VIP entity. Guests there enjoy exclusive access to bars and restaurants and access to all other resorts on the property. The Grand Palladium Riviera Maya complex has five pools, 13 bars, a mini-golf course and spa. Highlights: Four resorts in one in a natural settingFive pools, one exclusively for Royal Suites guestsMini-golf course Rooms: Accommodations at Grand Palladium Riviera Maya vary among the resorts, but expect heavy Spanish influences with neutral color schemes and comfortable amenities. All rooms include one king or two double beds, in-room climate control, private terrace or balcony and personal mini-bar. For a fee, guests enjoy docking station for MP3 players, pillow menu and pay-per-view channels with movies. The 22 bungalow-style cabins called Mayan Suites are designed for couples and include hydromassage bathtubs, outdoor shower and a private entrance to the outside. These suites are positioned on the edge of large on-site lake. Features: Guests at Grand Palladium Riviera Maya can partake in a number of outdoor and water activities including archery, badminton, tennis, canoeing and snorkeling. For a fee, sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving classes are available. At night, the resort offers live entertainment and access to the discothèque, a dance club stocked with local and international drinks and music hits. For a quieter trip, check out the reading lodge or book a massage (fees apply) in the spa and enjoy free access to the gym, sauna and steam bath at Grand Palladium Riviera Maya. Transportation Cancun International Airport (75 minutes) Attractions Akumal (4 mi/7 km)Playa del Carmen (19 mi/31 km) Business12 conference roomsOne luxury convention center that seats up to 600 peopleBusiness center and concierge (fees may apply) Policies and FeesThe access to the wet areas (hot tubs, pool, sauna and steam baths) in the Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness centres is charged at $10 USD per guest and per day. Also, patrons who purchase any of spa treatments at Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness will be given free access to the wet areas that day.
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Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya

5 stars
4.5 / 5 37 reviews
Award-winning, eco-friendly luxury resort in the Mayakoba communityThe Fairmont Mayakoba in Riviera Maya offers guests the opportunity to experience nature: Mangroves, tropical forests, lagoons, water canals and coastal dunes are all on the property. Boat, electric golf carts and bicycles are the only transportation allowed. The Fairmont Mayakoba boasts four restaurants -- two AAA Four Diamond winners -- access to a Greg Norman golf course, El Camaleon, and the Willow Stream Spa with two mineral pools. Kids have a blast at a supervised discovery club and adventure camp, available daily. Highlights: AAA Five Diamond hotel with two AAA Four Diamond restaurantsFairmont Mayakoba is amid water canals and set under a forest canopy; no cars are allowed on the propertyAccess to Greg Norman golf course, El Camaleon Willow Stream Spa with 20 treatment roomsKid's discovery club and adventure camp Rooms: Most of the 401 rooms at Fairmont Mayakoba are set back from the sea for ecological reasons, but there are a few exclusive seaside suites. Expect neutral colors peppered with cheery, bright fabrics and amenities such as evening turndown service. A 24-hour concierge, valet, daily newspaper, LCD TV and high-speed Internet access (daily fees apply) are standard. Signature suites include two bathrooms, living room, private infinity pool on the terrace and sea views. The Presidential suite, located on its own island, is a three-bedroom home complete with living, office and dining rooms, private pool and full-sized refrigerator. Features:The AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, Las Brisas Restaurant & Lounge Bar serves global contemporary cuisine, such as a sashimi trio for two, Monday through Saturday for dinner, and on the terrace for lunch. Regional and international flavors can be had at the Fairmont Mayakoba's AAA Four-Diamond winner El Puerto, which overlooks the lagoon. The more casual La Laguna Grill & Bar offers a breakfast buffet and a la carte lunch with mangrove and canal views. There are two pool bars and a lobby lounge, with free morning coffee and martinis from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The Fairmont Mayakoba is a member of the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism. Transportation Cancun International Airport Attractions Playa del Carmen (6 mi/10.5 km)Tulum (34 mi/56 km) Business­ Full business center with computer solution, communications, copying and printing Computers are available for rent Wi-Fi Internet access is available Policies and Fees During peak season, the hotel charges a nightly rate for connecting rooms. Requests for connecting rooms can only be confirmed by Fairmont Mayakoba's in-house reservation department and are produced in writing within 24 hours/at check-in.
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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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