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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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Barcelo Maya Beach - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.2 / 5 1221 reviews
Offering 24-hour drinks, snacks and meals, the Barcelo Riviera Maya All Inclusive Complex combines convenience with luxury at four distinct resort areas: Barcelo Maya Beach, Maya Caribe, Maya Colonial and Maya Tropical. Recently renovated bars, restaurants, and ocean- or garden-facing accommodations transport guests to a relaxing Caribbean environment. Dine on international buffet dishes or local Mexican flavors and sip refreshing fruit juices before taking a dip in the pool. Families can unwind with Mayan-inspired spa treatments at the spa, or adults can drop the kids off at the Barcy Club, which hosts a range of activities - from balloon contests to soccer and board games. Key factsSuites and family roomsWi-Fi access (fees may apply)Spa facilities, which offers treatments for adults and childrenConference spacesBars and restaurants at each resortDolphinaris at Barcelo - interactive dolphin experienceChildren's ClubSwimming poolTrips and excursions availableGymShopping centerChildren's playgroundNightclubKukulcan Theater with live showsSports and beach facilities NeighborhoodThe Barcelo resort is situated on the shore just south of central Playa del Carmen. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the calm, warm waters just off the coast, or venture further out on a boat ride to Cozumel Island. Two major natural resources - Parque Nacional de Quintana Roo and Parque Nacional Tulum - are just a short bus or car ride south along the coastal highway. Visitors to these parks can explore lush jungles and an ancient, walled Mayan city, or go for a scuba session in a natural cave. Guests that decide not to wander too far from their rooms can still go swimming with dolphins or enjoy golf at the resort. Hints and tipsJoin guided tours to Mayan relics like Chichen Itza and modern parks like Xcaret for an additional fee, or get your adventure fix at the Tulum Extreme zip-lining circuit.Book rooms on higher levels for excellent views.
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Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 70 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.
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Royal Hideaway Playa del Carmen by Occidental - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 95 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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Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.1 / 5 168 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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Barcelo Maya Colonial - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.3 / 5 6 reviews
The Barcelo Maya Colonial is an enchanting place for families, couples, singles, groups of friends and conventions where you can enjoy the benefits of a 24 hours all inclusive. This resort of Mayan inspired architecture is located in one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mexican Caribbean that stretches over 1.4 miles of white sand, coral reef and crystal clear waters. Beautiful paths and trails around the resort are excellent for running and taking long walks. Including a level of service and amenities at the Club Premium level, an exclusive VIP area providing personalized services, VIP amenities, 24-hour room service, free Internet access and concierge services , best room location, among other amenities. 2 Tennis courts2 Paddle courts 1 Multi-functional court 1 Basketball court 1 Soccer field (equipment provided at no extra cost) Gym Mini golf Water aerobics in the pool Beach volleyball Water polo Darts Table tennis and badminton Sailing Windsurfing Sunfish sailing Snorkelling KayakingCatamaran Aquatic bikes One diving lesson in pool per stay (Reservations may apply, minimum skills are required subject to availability and weather conditions) Also, with the Barcelo All Inclusive programme you can access all the restaurants, bars, swimming pools and beach facilities of the Barcelo Maya Beach, Barcelo Maya Caribe and Barcelo Maya Tropical hotel. The resort has a strong commitment with the environment , which is a natural escape surrounded by tropical vegetation and over a mile of palm trees on white sand beaches in the majestic Mexican Caribbean Sea, working with green practices, having acknowledgments of the prior mentioned.
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  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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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